Foods you should be eating for glowing skin. What you eat can have a direct impact on your skin. If you’re diet consists of processed foods high in sugar and low in fiber, it can show up in the form of dull skin, acne and eczema. To achieve a healthy complexion, it’s all about working towards healthy skin from the inside out.
Here’s our rundown of some of the foods you should be eating for glowing skin:
Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals, smoking, pollution and sunlight can cause wrinkling and age spots. Betacarotene, found in carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin, and lutein, found in kale, papaya and spinach are potent antioxidants, important for normal skin cell development and healthy skin tone. Vitamin C is also a super antioxidant and is needed to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin. The best sources are kakadu plum (An Australian native fruit that has the highest vitamin C content of any fruit in the world, 100 times more that of oranges), berries, broccoli, kiwi fruits and papaya.
Skin needs moisture to stay flexible. Even mild dehydration will cause your skin to look dry, dull and tired. Make sure you drink at least 2L water a day and try to avoid excessive alcohol consumption as it can age the skin. Herbal teas are a wonderful addition to your daily skin care regimen. Try our glow organic herbal tea.
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in avocados, oily fish, nuts and seeds provide essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple and improving elasticity. Omega-3 fats encourage the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds, which may help inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. You will find omega-3s in oily fish and plant sources such as linseed, chia seeds and walnuts.
Your body turns the proteins you eat into building blocks called amino acids and reuses them to make other proteins, including the collagen and keratin that form the structure of skin. Some amino acids are antioxidants that protect skin cells against UV rays and from free radical damage. So, when you think skin and protein, think fish, white meat poultry and legumes.
Zinc aids in healing the skin and prevents acne by regulating the activity of the oil glands. It is also an antioxidant which helps to fight and prevent the formation of free radicals. Acne can be a sign of Zinc deficiency. Zinc-rich foods include fish, lean red meat, wholegrains, poultry, nuts, seeds and shellfish.
Once you make changes to your diet, don’t expect an overnight miracle. It takes six weeks for new skin to emerge up to the surface, so the visible benefits from dietary changes will take just as long. For more information on “Foods you should be eating for glowing skin” or to book a naturopathic consultation please contact Beata at B inspired healthy lifestyle.