Top 5 foods for healthy skin!
Personally I cannot wait to get stuck into these! I much prefer healthy fresh tasting food to junk food. Not only makes you look better, but inside you feel so much better. Junk food not only affects your health and appearance but your mood, eat bad food and feel bad, eat good food and feel full of vitality! Its a no brainer really!
- Oysters (I find they are nice with some freshly squeezed lemon!)
Eating fish is excellent for our health, but many types of fish and shellfish are also great for our skin, especially oysters and salmon.
This is because they are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and zinc. Increasing your intake of Omega 3 can reduce dryness and inflammation. It can also keep your hearts arteries clear and improve circulation. Good circulation is key to healthy skin.
Zinc fights acne as it’s involved in metabolizing testosterone, this affects the production of sebum oil (good for your hair though!) a primary cause of acne! Zinc also helps your skin regenerate faster and getting off the dead skin (which can also clog pores!).
- Citrus fruits (Another of my faves! I love oranges!)
Vitamin C is also key for healthy looking skin. It aids in the production of collagen, this keeps your skin looking plump and taut.
After around 35 years old breakdown in collagen can speed up significantly, so be sure to eat lots of citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, hot peppers, bell peppers, sprouts, Acerola cherries (a single Acerola has 100 percent of your vitamin C for the day) and tomatoes (another favorite!) can help tighten the skin and prevent wrinkles.
- Eat your greens…and reds! (you guessed it, I like these too!)
Your skin is part of your body so obviously what is good for your body will also be good for your skin, and it doesn’t get much better than eating what your mother always told you to eat… your vegetables!!
At the top of the list are things like carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach!
Orange-red vegetables are full of beta-carotene, our bodies convert this into Vitamin A which acts as an antioxidant preventing aging and cell damage.
Not only does it keep you looking youthful but it helps prevent acne, vitamin A is actually used in anti-acne medications.
Spinach and other ‘leafy’ foods have lots of vitamin A too! Also mangos are a good source. Its best to get your vitamins from food and not supplements as too much can cause health problems.
- Nuts (I’m nuts for walnuts and pistachios!)
Nuts are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E combats skin aging free radicals, especially from sun damage from UV sunlight generated free radicals. Vitamin E also helps your skin retain its moisture, keeping it appearing youthful.
Vitamin E is great paired with selenium as it enhances its antioxidant abilities. Almonds and cottage cheese would be perfect treat for your skin, as cottage cheese is rich in selenium.
Almonds, pistachios and walnuts also provide a nice supply of omega-3 fatty acids, another great skin nutrient.
- Whole grains (I’d be weird if I said I loved them, but they are very likeable!)
Your body loves ‘whole food’ and so does your skin! Its basically unprocessed, so opt for the brown bread! Buckwheat is a great source of the antioxidant rutin, this combats inflammation skin damage.
Wheat germ provides the B-vitamin biotin, which assists cells in processing fats. If you don’t have enough biotin, your skin can become dry & scaly. (sounds scary!)
If you’re not keen on the wheat, you can opt for avocados and mushrooms, they provide similar benefits.
A healthy body means healthy skin, so you don’t need to be so specific with your diet, just eat healthily and get enough exercise, keep your stress levels down and you will notice the difference not only in the look but in the feel of your skin.