How many times have you heard, You are what you eat?
Despite being overused, there’s a reason this slogan is so popular and widespread…It’s true!
We all want vibrant, wrinkleless skin. So, the way to get it is by eating the right foods. Such foods facilitate the body’s detoxification and digestion processes, helping cells renew and rid of toxins.
Let’s look at different sets of foods that do just that:
- Vitamin A: This vitamin is one the most important components of skin health. Low-Fat Dairy Products, like low-fat yogurt, is a great way to get your dietary dose. Many people who eat foods like carrots, which have a high amount of vitamin A, are unable to convert the beta carotene to vitamin A. Therefore, even though you might be eating carrots, you’re not reaping the food’s benefits.
- Live Bacteria: Just as we discussed last week, enzymes that aid digestion help detox the body. A well-maintained digestive system is reflected in healthy-looking skin. Low-fat yogurt is not only great for its vitamin A component, but also because it has live bacteria.
- Anthocyanin: Colorful berries (like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, pomegranate, cherries, acai berries, and blood oranges,) and beans, (like black and soybeans,) have a great deal of the anthocyanin antioxidant to repair and protect cells.
- Quercetin: Quertin is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. This is another antioxidant found in broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cranberries, onions and apples.
- Lutein: Vegetables, such as spinach, kale and corn, have lutein, another antioxidant that boosts skin hydration.
- Allium: This antioxidant enhances your immune system and is predominantly in garlic, onions and scallions.
- Catechins: Found in green tea, dark chocolate and red wine, this antioxidant activates your cells.
- Fats: Essential fatty acids, like Omega-3 fats in foods such as nuts and salmon help “plump” your skin cells.
- Water: Drinking a lot of water properly hydrates your body and helps your body sweat more effectively and your skin be cleaner and clearer. Caffeinated and sugary liquids will only leave your skin dehydrated.
- Alkaline Foods: Alkaline foods, like fruits, fresh vegetables and nuts, tend to be digested quickly because they assist, rather than impede digestion. You should try to eat alkaline foods, while you try to avoid acid forming foods, like cheese, milk, meats and fried foods, or at least eat in smaller quantities. Yogurt is an acid-forming food, but as we stated above, yogurt can benefit digestion. Again, smaller quantities will give your body what it needs without being destructive in another way.
In short, eating raw, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and oils is the best way to trigger your healthiest skin cell production.
These are some consequences of how a poor diet may affect your skin health.
- Hair Loss
- Lyme Disease
- Dehydrated, Dry Skin
- Wrinkled or Lined Skin