How diet affects your skin
Have you ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? What we eat and put in our bodies affects us so much. It affects your weight, your skin, and your immune system. Our diet is equally as important as a quality skin care regimen. Here are some great tips on how to have healthy glowing skin starting from the inside.
Try to avoid a diet consisting of a high amount of refined carbohydrates, such as pizza, french fries, sodas, pasta, and sweets. Oh, I know, they are so tasty, but in moderation, if you have to. These refined carbs and sugars can lead to inflammation throughout the body, leading to acne breakouts and wrinkles.
Pasta is one of my favorite foods. Did you know that too much pasta causes damage to the collagen in our skin, leading to the formation of wrinkles? And of course, we all know that sugar has no nutrients and can wreak havoc on collagen, causing wrinkles.
Foods that are high-quality lean proteins, healthy oils, fiber, raw fruits, and veggies are ideal for supporting healthy skin. Staying hydrated is vital, making sure that you are drinking plenty of water. This hydration will improve skin tone and elasticity and help flush out toxins while giving your skin a healthier glow. But, do not rely on just water intake to keep your skin healthy.
Avocado is packed full of Vitamin E, which helps maintain the skin barrier function and prevents moisture loss, and Vitamin C helps fight inflammation in the skin and keep the skin plump and firm.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, grapefruit, lemons, and mandarins are delicious and have health benefits. They are rich in Vitamin C, a nutrient that strengthens the immune system and improves skins overall skin texture. A good intake of vitamin c helps support collagen to help smooth fine lines. I love to drink a warm glass of water with a lemon squeezed into it in the morning to help cleanse my gut and improve my skin.
Blueberries have been a known superfood for years. Blueberries are high in antioxidants and vitamins, which are essential for healthy and glowing skin. Eating blueberries are a great way to rid your skin of toxins and free radicals, helping keep your skin clear from the inside. They can even protect against heart disease and lower blood pressure.
Salmon is loaded with Omega-3, rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Omega-3 helps to calm inflammation which can lead to the breakdown of collagen. The omega-3 fatty acid will retain moisture in your skin, which helps maintain the skin’s elasticity and keeps the skin looking supple. Not only is it great for your skin, but it is a great option that helps improve brain health and can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Broccoli is loaded with Vitamin C, which boosts collagen and boosts the immune system. It also contains lutein, a carotenoid that works like beta carotene. Lutein helps protect your skin from oxidative damage, which can cause your skin to become dry and wrinkled.
These are just a few options for healthier skin. Eat your way to better skin health. Try changing some of your diets to better options, such as trading coffee or soda for green tea or a fruit smoothie. Remember, you are what you eat, and your skin and health will show it.