Want healthy, glowing skin? Eat these 6 foods
The key to healthy glowing skin is not always the products you put on your skin, but most of the time the things we eat. The food we eat provides us and our skin with much-needed nutrients. A lot of the foods on this list contain high amounts of antioxidants. These powerful compounds stop our cells from getting damaged by bad free radicals. In this way, they fight ageing and stop cells from getting damaged by environmental factors such as air pollutants, UV and other chemicals. They also help to stop emotional stress from making us look 10 years older than we are. Try adding these 6 foods or food groups to your daily diet and see a change in your overall skin health.
By now it’s well known that berries contain high amounts of antioxidants. All types of berries including blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries, have antioxidant activities. And as discussed above, antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals in our bodies. Antioxidants also help in cell repair, thus helping repair any damaged skin cells due to ageing and chemical damage. A study from the journal, Carcinogenesis found that berries can even be used in the prevention of cancers of the oral cavity, oesophagus and colon.
Tomatoes are slightly acidic, high in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and the antioxidant lycopene. Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body that can cause cell damage. Tomatoes furthermore help with skin problems, such as ageing and sun damage. A study in The Journal of Nutrition found that when tomatoes are consumed for a period of 10 weeks, subjects were less likely to suffer from sunburn than subjects who did not consume tomatoes.
"The key to healthy glowing skin is not always the products you put on your skin, but most of the time the things we eat."
3. Fish and Seafood
Fish like salmon, sardines and anchovies contain high amounts of dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) or deanol. Deanol has anti-inflammatory activity and increases skin firmness. DMAE also increases the amount of acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter helps your muscles contract and tighten under the skin. Thus keeping your face looking toned and firm. Fish also contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids that not only support good cardiovascular health but also has a positive effect on skin health. These fatty acids are responsible for the health of the cell membranes and also reduces the production of inflammatory compounds that help reduce the signs of ageing.
4. Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and Brussels sprouts contain high amounts of alpha lipoic acid (ALA). These potent antioxidants fight ageing and also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce skin puffiness. Leafy green vegetables are also rich in vitamin K, which helps with the clotting of blood, repair of blood vessels and bruises. Vitamin K can also help reduce signs of stretch marks, dark spots, scars, and those stubborn under eye circles.
Eggs contain two important nutrients for your skin, choline and lutein. Choline helps with the structural integrity of cell membranes, that will help skin cells look firmer. Choline also plays a role in reducing the brittleness of hair and nails caused by sun damage. Choline also maintains the level of vitamin B which plays a role in the production of energy, collagen and elastin, which are essential for smooth and firm skin. Lutein is a carotenoid that helps to protect the skin against environmental damage such as UV and thus preventing premature ageing of the skin.
6. Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruit contain high amounts of vitamin C which has anti-cancer properties and has a role in collagen production that helps to keep skin healthy. When vitamin C is consumed orally, in combination with vitamin E, it can help reduce the effects of sunburn. Due to the vital role of vitamin C in the production of collagen, it can also help to prevent premature ageing.
You deserve to look and feel beautiful. Now you can eat yourself to beautiful skin.
Lots of love,