Eating for Beautiful Skin

Ever heard the saying you are what you eat? Well the same can be said for your skin. The key to beautiful flawless skin begins with a healthy diet. Here are just a few of the foods you can be eating to get that glow back.

 

Essential Fatty Acids

We all know that foods rich in essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6 can improve brain function and heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and arthritis but what you might not have know is that essential fatty acids can also work wonders for your skin. Fatty acids help produce the skin’s natural oils needed to protect against dryness and inflammation. Try to include at least two serving of salmon or other fatty fish every week. Adding flax seed to your diet is another great way to get more fatty acids as well.

 

Vitamin A

According to skin experts vitamin A is responsible for the health of our skin cells.  Loading up on foods like skim milk or low fat yogurt is not only good for your bones and digestion it will also help give you glowing, healthy skin.

 

Antioxidants

Loading up on blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums is the best way to get your antioxidants. Eating these fruits helps protect your cells from free radicals that damage the membrane of skin cells, keeping your skin looking younger longer.

 

Selenium

According to recent studies the mineral selenium plays an important role in skin cell health. It is believed that high levels of selenium can protect against sun damage and even skin cancer. To get your daily allowance, make sure to eat whole-wheat breads and cereals, tuna, turkey and nuts.

 

Water

Perhaps the most important contributor to glowing skin is staying properly hydrated. To keep skin fresh and healthy shoot for at least 8 glasses of water every day. Not only does water keep your skin hydrated but it’s also pulling double duty removing toxins and moving nutrients in.

 

Green Tea

Green tea contains polyphenols that reduce inflammation and contribute to overall skin health. Green tea can also be applied to the skin to help reduce the risk of sun damage from ultraviolet rays.

 

Copper

When combined with zinc and vitamin C copper helps improve elasticity. Eating lots of leafy green vegetables, potatoes, avocados and shellfish can all help develop elastin in the skin.

 

Vitamin C

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is a great way to keep your vitamin C levels up. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen which will keep skin firm and provides protection against free radicals. Vitamin C also provides protection against heart attack and stroke and lowers the levels of “bad” cholesterol in the body.

 

 


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