Do Your Skin A Solid - Eat These Foods

Foods that help improve your skin. Do your skin a solid by eating these foods blog post

Foods to eat to keep your skin it’s best including for aging skin, acne, rosecea, eczema, and psoriasis.

At a high level, old skin cells constantly shed and are replaced by new ones. You need a steady supply of nutrients to support this growth. By eating the right balance of foods, you’ll give your skin the proper nutrients it needs to keep soft and free of blemishes.

Skin does age no matter how hard we try to stop it. Wrinkles and discoloration are the result of gradual damage from the sun or our habits like smoking, using harsh soaps and poor nutrition.

Here's How Food Can Help Your Skin

Check Crash Diets At The Door

Crash dieting can take a toll on many parts of your body. There are long-term as well as some shorter-term consequences of not eating enough of the things your body requires to function properly. Because this is a post about skin, I won’t get into the potential liver and kidney issues that can develop from some of these diets after time.

Repeatedly losing and regaining weight can cause wrinkles, stretch marks and your skin to sag. Some crash diets also don’t have enough of the essential vitamins. Over time, it will show on your skin.

Cheers – With More Water

Crash dieting can take a toll on many parts of your body. There are long-term as well as some shorter-term consequences of not eating enough of the things your body requires to function properly. Because this is a post about skin, I won’t get into the potential liver and kidney issues that can develop from some of these diets after time.

Repeatedly losing and regaining weight can cause wrinkles, stretch marks and your skin to sag. Some crash diets also don’t have enough of the essential vitamins. Over time, it will show on your skin.

Eat The Rainbow

At least five portions of colorful fruits of vegetables a day can help protect your skin from the damage (wrinkles and age spots) caused by things like smoking, pollution, and the sun.

Here are some of the antioxidants you want to eat

Beta-carotene and Lutein to protect against wrinkles and age spots.

  • Foods high in beta-carotene: Carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potato
  • Foods high in lutein: Kale, papaya, and spinach

Vitamin C-rich foods help produce collagen to help with radiant skin and to heal blemishes.

  • Foods high in vitamin C:  Blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes

Selenium can help to protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots.

  • Foods high in selenium: Brazil nuts (four of them give you more than five times the amount of three ounces of tuna), broccoli, eggs, fish, shellfish, tomatoes and wheatgerm

Vitamin E protects your skin from cell damage to support healthy skin growth.

  • Foods high in vitamin E: Almonds, avocado, corn oil, hazelnuts, pine nuts and sunflower oil

Fat Is Your Friend!

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats provide the essential fatty acids that act as a natural skin moisturizer. They also have a high amount of vitamin E which I already covered.

  • Foods high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats:  Avocados, fish, nuts and seeds.

 

Omega 3 – Your Body Can’t Make It, So You Have To Take It

Omega-3 fats are essential fatty acids. The body doesn’t make them, so you have to get enough in your diet. Omega-3 helps the body produce anti-inflammatories so it’s particularly good for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

  • Foods high in Omega-3: Oily fish like salmon and plant-sourced oils like flaxseed, linseed, walnut, and grapeseed.

Phyto’s The Way To Go

Phyto means plant, and phytoestrogens are natural chemicals found in plant foods. They help keep your natural hormones in balance and your skin even. Types of phytoestrogens:

  • Isoflavones: Soya beans
  • Lignans: Flax seeds, fruit, legumes, vegetables, and whole grains

Z May be The last letter of the alphabet but this is not last when it comes to key dietary minerals

Roasted pumpkin seeds

Zinc helps to regulate the glands in the skin that produce oil to help repair skin damage and keep it soft.

  • Foods high in zinc: Fish, lean red meat, nuts, poultry, seeds, shellfish, and whole grains.

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