It is very well documented on this website that nutrition is, not only my livelihood, but my passion too. When I was younger I struggled with problematic skin; and when I changed the way I ate my skin cleared up! The saying “let food be thy medicine” is definitely far reaching. Today’s guest post features all the foods for healthy skin.
When we think of beautiful and healthy skin the first thing that comes to mind is cosmetic products; expensive lotions, anti-aging serums, make-up and the list goes on and on. Have you ever thought about the phrase “You are what you eat”? Stop for a second and think about your daily diet. Does it include the right type of foods you need to keep your skin healthy in every way possible? Well, here is a list of things you need to include in your diet in order to keep your skin healthy, young and glowing.
Vitamin A – To harness this essential ingredient for your recipe of healthy skin, think low-fat organic dairy products. Vitamin A is required by your body for healthy digestion and anything that aids digestion also helps in maintain healthy skin. So, whether it is milk, yogurt or cheese, try incorporating them into your diet daily and your one step closer to healthy looking skin.
Antioxidants – These free radical scavengers rid the body of toxic waste; and, although, this sound like a difficult job, the process is rather simple. Snack on
blueberries, strawberries, blackberries or plums; because not only are they colorful
and delicious, they have the highest number of antioxidants in them and
these antioxidants keep skin looking young and fresh.
Essential Fatty Acids – EFA’s retain moisture in the skin by making your skin stronger. The effect is plumper and younger looking skin. Simple changes like using Canola Oil or extra virgin oil while cooking, or adding walnuts to your salad can provide you with these fatty acids. However, be careful; you should not use more than 2 tbsp of oil in your diet everyday otherwise you can easily add extra calories to your overall diet.
Selenium – This key mineral is present in everyday food such as Whole-wheat bread and cereal. Selenium reduces the damage caused to skin by UV rays; and is also found in turkey, tuna and Brazil nuts.
Green Tea– In terms of healthy skin, the benefits of green tea are numerous. Whether severe ailments as skin cancer or as simple as inflammation, green tea can reduce the risk of both. It is as simple as supplementing black tea with green tea.
Water – We often underestimate the effect water on our skin. Water keeps the skin hydrated- plain and simple. Ditch the sodas and artificial juices and drink water instead.
So there you have it- the perfect recipe for healthy skin! But food is not the only factor that affects the health of our skin skin; stress and lack of sleep can also lead to unhealthy skin. So, the next time you decide to stay up late for an event, be sure to make up for the sleep you lost, your skin will thank you!
Princess Carey is a Nutritionist and Wellness Coach from New Jersey. She is an active member of WeGo and The American Nutrition Association. Being effective in the health and wellness industry for over six years, her experience and continuous education has allowed her to properly inform her audience. She can also be found on Twitter: @CoachPCare and www,coachpcares.info