Eat Mindfully

Is It Possible to Eat Your Way To A Healthy Skin? These 10 Foods Are A Good Start

Your daily food intake is very important for overall health. An unhealthy diet can lead to weight gain and can even damage major organs, such as your heart and liver.

Many people do not know that what they eat also affects the largest organ on the human body, and that is the skin. Below is a closer look at the importance of eating unprocessed foods and ten different foods recommended for keeping your skin healthy and radiant.

Eating Clean

Many people have a busy lifestyle and use that as an excuse to eat processed foods and eat out at restaurants more often than they should. This can get very unhealthy as preservatives, food colouring, additives, and many other chemicals are added to processed foods to make them last longer on the grocery shelves or at home.

Eating clean does not have to be a difficult task, but meal planning and prepping can make things a lot easier. If you need more information regarding various recipes and food items to keep your home stocked with, make sure to do an online search. Here, you will get many ideas regarding meal planning and prepping, as well as various supplements and creams to keep your skin looking its best.

Fatty Fish

Salmon, herring, and mackerel are types of fatty fish that are highly recommended for consumption, especially for healthy skin. These fish are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are key when it comes to healthy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids work to keep the skin moisturized and thick. The fats found in the fish mentioned also reduce inflammation, which causes acne, redness, and dry skin.

Fatty fish is also a great source of vitamin E, which is one of the most important antioxidants your skin requires to keep it healthy. Finally, fatty fish is a great source of protein and is needed to keep your skin’s integrity and strength intact.

Avocados

Avocados are very high in healthy fats, and such fats are needed to maintain the health of your skin. Studies show that avocados contain compounds that protect your skin from damage caused by the sun’s rays. UV light can cause your skin to age prematurely, causing wrinkles, sun spots, and fine lines. Avocados are also rich in vitamin E, which helps protect your skin from free radicals and oxidative damage.

Avocados are also rich in vitamin C, which promotes collagen production. Collagen is the main component that keeps your skin healthy and strong. A person with dry, rough, and scaly skin has a vitamin C deficiency and must start eating foods rich in vitamin C, as well as taking supplements to correct the issue.

Sunflower Seeds

Any variety of seeds or nuts are excellent sources of nutrients your skin needs to maintain its health. For example, 28 grams (one ounce) of sunflower seeds has 49% of the daily recommendations for vitamin E, 14% for zinc, and 5.5 grams of protein. Sunflower seeds can be eaten in salads or can be eaten as a snack on their own. Also read: Vegan Post Workout Recovery Salad

Sweet Potatoes

Beta carotene is an important nutrient found in plants and it can be converted into vitamin A once it is in your body. Sweet potatoes are an excellent food because it contains enough beta carotene to provide your body more than six times of the daily recommendations for vitamin A consumption. When consumed, beta carotene helps protect your skin from sun damage, preventing cell death, sunburn, wrinkled, and dry skin.

Red and Yellow Bell Peppers

Just like sweet potatoes, bell peppers are another excellent source of beta carotene, as well as vitamin C. Bell peppers can be eaten in a variety of ways. For example, they can be put into a stir fry, salads, eaten raw with ranch dip, hummus, or any dip. Not only that, but they are great when stuffed with beans or lean meat.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a wonderful vegetable filled with vitamins and minerals necessary for skin health. Such nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc. Not only that, but broccoli has lutein, which acts like beta carotene and protects your skin from becoming dry and wrinkled. Also read: Low Calorie Tofu and Broccoli Noodles

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain high amounts of vitamin C and carotenoids. Tomatoes are best eaten when they are combined with healthy fat, such as olive oil, avocados, and cheese. Fat intake increases the body’s absorption of carotenoids, which protects your skin from damaging elements.

Dark Chocolate

Whoever said chocolate is not good for you? Consuming cocoa (which is high in antioxidants) leads to thicker and hydrated skin. Consuming a healthy amount of dark chocolate regularly improves the skin’s texture and promotes blood flow, bringing more nutrients into the skin. When eating dark chocolate, make sure it is at least 70% cocoa, so that you can receive the many benefits of the dark chocolate and to keep your sugar intake to a minimum. Also read: Low Fat Chocolate Smoothie

Red Grapes

The skin of red grapes has an important compound called resveratrol. This has a range of health benefits, the most important being that it reduces the effects of ageing. Studies also show that the consumption of red grapes slows down the production of harmful free radicals so eat red grapes and a variety of berries to receive these incredible health benefits.

Green Tea

Green tea has been very popular among many people for a variety of reasons. When it comes to your skin, green tea has compounds called catechins that protect your skin from sun damage, improves its moisture, thickness, and its elasticity. It is best to drink green tea without adding any milk or sugar, as studies show that adding milk can reduce the effects of green tea’s properties in promoting skin health. Also read: Can Drinking Tea Boost Productivity At Work?

There are a variety of foods that have similar properties when it comes to your skin’s health and protecting it from the many harmful elements found every day. Besides eating fruits and vegetables, make sure you are drinking plenty of water daily. Water is the number one beverage that is incredibly beneficial for your skin, as it keeps it hydrated and healthy. Limit your consumption of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.

Also, apply sunscreen everyday and every time you step out. If you need help to pick the best cruelty free options one for your skin, checkout this video:

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