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Eat Your Way to Glowing Skin

Eat Your Way to Glowing Skin

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We are so accustomed to putting tonnes of nourishing products onto our skin that we often forget it is an organ just like our kidneys, brain and liver. Not only that, it is the largest organ of our body and it is exposed to outside influence more than any other.

Because of this, it is crucial to nourish it not only from the outside but also from the inside. In fact, many dermatologists agree that although using good skin care products is important, it can never replace a healthy diet. So, if you want to have glowing and youthful skin, you should look beyond cosmetic stores and focus on your nutrition.

Cut out your skin’s worst enemies

Before we move on to the benefits of a proper diet, we must discuss how your skin is affected by poor nutritional choices. Eating packaged processed foods is not only causing acne and depriving your skin of its natural glow, but it can also wreck your health in the long run.

Some other foods that should be avoided if you want an even blog 2and beautiful complexion, are non-organic (packed with pesticides and other toxins), industrial meat products, fried foods and hydrogenated fats, artificial flavourings, sweeteners and colouring and carbonated beverages.

Say No-No to Yo-Yo Diets

We live in times where everyone wants to have a beach body and the results are expected quickly. Unfortunately, not only do these crash diets almost never work, but some researchers also claim that they are very bad for your skin. According to them, restrictive diets cause your skin to lose elasticity and also affect its plumpness and overall appearance.

Do a Cleanse

Before you start with the right habits, you need to reduce the impact of bad habits on your skin and overall health. You can achieve that with a full-blown detox that should be based on drinking a lot of water, green tea, and eating organic foods and green smoothies.

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You must have heard about the campaign of eating five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Well, it is also beneficial for your skin. If you want to focus more on this organ’s health, you should consume
potent antioxidants that are able to protect the skin from the damage caused by the free radicals.

 

Some great recommendations are spinach, kale, papaya, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins and foods containing vitamin C (broccoli, bell peppers, blueberry, kiwi fruits, etc.). If you feel like you are not including enough antioxidants in your diet, you can always add Biocare capsules that combine several sources of these molecules.

Try a selenium-rich diet

This powerful antioxidant is often overlooked, but the truth is that alongside vitamins E and C, it is essential for skin protection and a well-functioning immune system. Selenium protects the skin against sun damage, age spots and even skin cancer.

Natural sources of selenium can be found in tomatoes, eggs, fish, brazil nuts, chicken, beef liver, canned sardines, etc.

Eat the good fats

Not all fats are bad for you. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in fish, avocados, seeds and nuts provide your skin with essential fatty acids which act as natural moisturizers. A series of studies pointed out that Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids play a vital role in helping your skin function normally and improving its appearance.

Furthermore, some fatty acids are in charge of protecting the skin, diminishing signs of aging, reducing inflammation, and alleviating symptoms of sensitive skin.

Include more phytoestrogens in your diet

Phytoestrogens are chemicals found in plants. They have a similar structure as the female hormone estrogen, which means they can help keep our hormones in balance. A study published in National Center for Biotechnology Information found that the reason why some plant-based products are so efficient at improving skin elasticity and firmness are precisely phyto-estrogens. If you want to give them a try, you should include soy, whole grains and flaxseed into your diet.

Don’t expect an overnight change. Instead, help your skin help itself. With a proper diet, your skin will start healing itself, and as a bonus, these dietary changes will also boost your overall health.

 

Sophia Smith photo for BioAbout the author:

Sophia Smith is a beauty and style blogger and eco-lifestyle lover. She is very passionate about natural skincare and makeup, sustainable fashion, yoga and mindful living. Over the years she wrote pieces for: Eco Warrior Princess, How to Simplify, Urban Naturale, Viva Glam Magazine, Art of Healthy Living, Vegan Edition and Oh My Heartsie Girl.

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