We all know that saying, “you are what you eat.” The food we put in our bodies can be reflected in our outer appearance. So when our skin acts up, it’s possible our diet could be to blame. And since our skin is our body’s largest organ, it’s important to take good care of it. Whilst skin creams do help, our skin is greatly affected by what we put in our mouths. Processed foods that contain sugar and refined carbs produce inflammation in the body and oxidative stress. We know to avoid the obvious – pizza, pasta, cakes, cookies and so forth but what about those granola bars, fruit shakes, yogurt and cereal? All are loaded with hidden sugars, which can cause the cross-linking of proteins that leads to damaged sagging skin.
If your diet is made up mainly of these foods then don’t be surprised if you start to see more fine lines, blemishes, dull skin and wrinkles. Deep fried foods also cause an oil build up in the body, which can lead to excessive oily skin and breakouts. Alcohol and coffee can be dehydrating to the skin and place additional stress on the liver to remove the toxins. Just one glass of wine passes through the liver 100 times before the alcohol is removed.
Here are some healthy food ideas to help you get that super glow today: Chia Seeds Chia seeds are a very popular super food at the moment and with all their health benefits it’s easy to see why. Chia seeds are a great source to get your essential Omega 3 fats, fibre and protein from. They suppress the appetite and boost your metabolism by turning on glucagon, one of your body’s fat burning hormones. Anything that contains your omega 3 fats like fish, walnuts and flaxseed are super nourishing to your skin. Eating dark leafy greens Foods like spinach and kale contain phytonutrients, which are powerhouses at fighting off free radical damage to the skin, reducing fine lines, wrinkles and even enlarged pores. They also contain essential things like chlorophyll, which helps the body eliminate toxins, protecting your vital organs and slowing the ageing process down. You seriously can’t eat enough dark leafy greens as they are super low in calories too! Yellow fruit and vegetables are also paramount as they contain carotenoids, which help control cell turnover for clear, clean skin. Papaya, peaches, pineapple, sweet potato and spaghetti squash are ideal choices. Avocado this amazing fruit is also great for the skin. They are called nature's skin moisturiser due to the healthy fats and potent nutrients in them. Avocados also contain vitamins C, E, magnesium, folic acid and potassium, which are all essential for keeping the skin fresh, clear and moisturized. Water it helps flush toxins and keeps skin hydrated. The only difference between a grape and a raisin is water. Aim to drink 8 glasses of water per day.