We all have heard the saying you are what you eat. It’s true, and especially when it comes to healthy skin. Our skin is the largest organ we have. When we eat healthy our skin is healthy.
So what foods should you incorporate into your diet to have the skin of your dreams?
First I suggest you get your essential fatty acids.
The good fats: these essential fats come from foods such as salmon, cold pressed fish oil, walnuts, eggs, olive oil, flax seeds, avocados and other good for you fats. So how do foods such as these keep your skin in good condition? Well for one essential fatty acids (more commonly known as Omega 3s), help to keep the inflammatory response of your body down. Skin issues such as acne, eczema and psoriasis are an inflammatory response of the body. These essential fatty acids also help to prevent water loss from the skin’s cells and help the skin maintain moisture and suppleness. When the skin is moist and supple, it helps the skin maintain its barrier to many of the nasty bacteria out there like staph. When the skin becomes dry and begins cracking. It’s like letting unwanted people into a party and taking over a good thing. You don’t want that. When the skin is dry as well, you are more prone to wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing. Increasing essential fatty acid intake is one of the most essential ingredients to skin care, as when you are deficient your skin is the first place that it shows up.
Next, you want to make sure that you get your fresh fruits and vegetables.
Organic is best because they have more nutritional value than their non-organic counterparts. Also, non-organic produce is grown with chemical pesticides. Those pesticides get ingested by you and then your bloodstream gets unhappy and your skin, therefore, gets unhappy as well. Anyways, there are many vitamins and minerals in produce that contribute to skin wellness. They are also full of powerful antioxidants and plant compounds which also to help protect the skin. Zinc, for example, helps to keep inflammation at bay, it also helps to reduce scarring (you know from popping zits or from burns and scrapes ). All of the B vitamins help by providing good circulation to the skin, help reduce stress which can cause flare-ups, keep the skin from cracking and drying out as well as help us to grow healthy new skin cells. Vitamin C helps our skin keeps its flexibility and retains our collagen which contributes to our skin glow and suppleness. Silica which is a mineral helps our bodies make collagen. Vitamins E and A have antioxidant properties which helps our body rid itself of free radicals. Free radicals are those body bandits that destroy skin cells and can cause us to get skin cancer and other forms of cancer. Fruits and veggies are also full of water.
What about Water?
Getting enough water keeps our skin hydrated and moisturized from the inside out. Drinking water also helps the body flush out toxins from the system. Remember, that when we have a lot of toxins swimming in our system, our skin shows it.
Putting what you know into action!
Here’s a delicious smoothie recipe that is full of the vitamins and minerals that your skin needs! Yum yum! Who doesn’t love a smoothie 🙂
The Glow On Girl Skin Saving Smoothie
1 organic banana peeled and sliced
1 organic mango peeled and sliced
1 cup organic spinach leaves
1 ½ cups coconut milk (not canned but the kind in the refrigerated section)
1 tbsp ground flax seed
Place all ingredients in your blender. And blend until smooth. Delish
Until next time, stay radiant!
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