When it comes to maintaining healthy, youthful skin, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto it.
It’s unrealistic to expect to have fresh and glowing skin if you’re using good skincare but not eating well. But what are the best foods to include in your diet for good skin health?
Crammed with Vitamin E, these nutritious nuts help to fortify your skin against harmful UV damage as well as acting as powerful antioxidants (essential for bringing renegade free radicals to heel). Keep a handful handy throughout your day and when you find yourself in the mood for a snack attack, munch away – your skin will thank you for it.
Flaxseeds:They say dynamite comes in small packages and it seems your skin would agree. Flaxseeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids which play a vital role in keeping your skin well-hydrated and better able to wipe out fine lines and banish blemishes.
Red and green vegetables:
Carrots, cooked tomatoes and spinach are all great sources of Vitamin A and beta-carotene – two powerful anti-aging and antioxidant heavyweights that lead to brighter, smoother and more robust looking skin. Spinach and other leafy greens are also lauded for their cancer fighting properties because the folate they contain is thought to help repair DNA, which significantly reduces your chances of developing skin tumors.
Sweet potatoes:You wouldn’t think it to look at them, but these purple powerhouses are bursting with Vitamin C - one of the key ingredients your skin uses to smooth out wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen (the protein that gives skin its strength and firmness).
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the skin making up 75-85% of the organ. Although our bodies make new collagen every day, after age 25 we lose more collagen than we produce. Getting high levels of collagen from foods can be difficult so taking a collagen supplement every day is an easy way to help skin hydration and elasticity.
Fish:Apart from their omega fatty acids, fish such as tuna, halibut, sardines, flounder and salmon are also stuffed with selenium. Selenium, in adequate doses, is a powerful antioxidant as well as the nutrient essential in preserving elastin – the protein that gives skin its stretchy, elastic quality. If you’re not a fan of seafood, then Brazil nuts are a great alternative because even just one nut contains all the selenium your body requires in a day. Don’t go bananas on them however because too much selenium is toxic.
This delicious brew has incredible antioxidant properties. Enjoyed in Asia for centuries, green tea is rich in polyphenols – a class of bioflavonoids which have antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Drinking a steady supply (2-6 cups) of green tea has been proven to not only cut down your chances of developing skin cancer but also to reverse the effects of sun damage on skin.
Great skin health starts and ends with good nutrition. Combined with regular aerobic exercise, getting enough rest and taking a more chilled out approach to the daily grind, eating well will do wonders to boost your state of physical and emotional well-being - in turn benefiting your skin.
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