Want healthy, glowing skin without paying an arm and a leg for it? Don't we all! However, these days with the billion dollar (yes, you read that correct, BILLION dollar) cosmetic and anti-aging industries it seems to be an elusive and unattainable goal, unless you are willing to swipe your credit card right and left. Well the answer may be right in front of you...on your plate. It all starts with what we put into our bodies; the good news is I am going to share with you some foods you can eat to get the glowing results you seek.
Skin and hair are just one system in our body that seek to work in harmony with all of our other systems, including our digestive, respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems. When one of our systems gets out of balance it can create a chain reaction causing disruptions in our other systems as they begin to rival one another to keep us alive and functioning. For example, if your digestive or nervous system are stressed and working over-time then your other systems will begin to slow down as they have less nutrients and energy to run on. One of the side effects of your systems being out of balance could result in dull, flaky or inflamed skin such as acne or discoloration.
Here are some things you can eat to support your skin health:
- Drinks LOTS of water - this will help keep your skin moisturized, and makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It and also helps your cells take in nutrients and get rid of toxins, as well as help with blood flow to keep your skin glowing.
- Start your mornings off with warm lemon water- squeezing a fresh lemon into a glass of warm water and drinking upon waking is a great way to clear out your system; built up bacteria in our gut can often slow down our systems and cause dull or oily skin. You can even rub some fresh lemon directly on your face to help it brighten and tighten.
- Eat Selenium - this mineral may help protect your skin from cells that gather free radicals, which can cause signs of aging like wrinkles, dry skin, and tissue damage. Foods with selenium include: Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, cooked beef, oysters, sardines, crab, whole wheat pasta, and fish like snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, and salmon.
- Eat your antioxidants - they are important to slowing and preventing free-radical damage. You can find them especially in colorful fruits and vegetables like berries, tomatoes, apricots, beets, squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, tangerines, peppers, and beans.
- Eat Foods with CoQ10 - Your body makes a key antioxidant called Coenzyme Q10. But as you get older, you make less of it. It's involved in making energy and helping your cells work. You can find CoQ10 in fish like salmon and tuna, poultry, organ meats like liver, and whole grains.
- Eat Vitamin A - it helps prevent dry, flaky skin. Grab an orange, carrot, or slice of cantaloupe; they are loaded with vitamin A. You can also find it in leafy greens, eggs, and low-fat dairy foods.
- Eat Vitamin C - The sun can be tough on your skin. Vitamin C can help protect you. It also helps undo sun damage to collagen and elastin, which firm up your skin. Get vitamin C from red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, broccoli, greens, and brussel sprouts.
- Eat Vitamin E - Another antioxidant that may help save your skin from sun damage and inflammation. Get it from vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, asparagus, spinach, and other leafy greens.
- Eat healthy fats - Omega-3s and omega-6s are good fats that help build up your skin's natural oil barrier, keeping away dryness and blemishes. Essential fatty acids like these help leave your skin smoother and younger-looking. You can get them from olive and canola oils, flax seeds, walnuts, and cold-water fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel.
- Drink Green Tea- Green tea may be the closest thing to a magic potion that you can find for your skin. It helps stop inflammation, helps slow DNA damage, and can even help prevent the sun from burning your skin. You can find green tea in lots of cosmetics, but why not go straight to the source: Drink it!
I hope these tips give you a good starting point. You certainly don't have to incorporate them all at once, but maybe try a few new ones this week. Why spend hundreds of dollars on that "miracle cream" when you can support your skin by shopping in the produce section for much less. We really are what we eat.
So eat and drink up, and say hello to the new and refreshed looking you!
Health is wealth.