Top 5 Food Groups That Are Good For Your Skin
I came across this article and thought it will be great for you to know how to look after your skin from the inside out. No matter how much product you put on your skin, it will not be as healthy as it will be if you take care of what you put into your body too.
Youthful-looking skin is a just a matter of knowing the right food to eat and maintaining the right diet.
This advice may sound a little cliché, but it is very true. The easiest way to healthy skin, is to eat the right foods; which will make your skin absorb the right nutrients and help make it look perfect. Our skin is the outer covering and protection of our body, and it is vital to take care of your skin.
Aside from eating right, it is best to remember that a healthy body translates to healthy skin. Eat healthy foods, exercise, get enough rest, and your skin will be beautiful.
Below are the top five food items that can help you achieve amazing skin!
Eating seafood can give you smooth, clear and glowing skin. Seafood is rich in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids that prevent dryness and inflammation of the skin. Inflammation of the skin can hasten the aging process. Omega-3 fatty acids can help in preventing the onset of inflammatory skin disorders, like psoriasis and eczema. It also improves blood circulation, which is crucial to skin health.
Zinc, on the other hand, boosts the immune system, therefore helping your body naturally fight acne. Also, zinc helps in the production of new cells and removing dead skin, which will result in healthy glowing skin.
My personal favourite is SALMON! I also enjoy sushi, mackerel and talipia. I nearly tried oysters when I went to a fancy restaurant in Newcastle but I chickened out! Maybe next time! Now that I am pescatarian (only eat fish not any other meat like chicken or beef), I have started exploring different types of fish too.
2. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C, which is the main ingredient in most beauty creams or serums. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen – a protein that is a basic structure in skin. Collagen tightens the skin, giving off a youthful look. By the age of 35, collagen levels decrease resulting in saggy skin. Thus, consuming foods rich in Vitamin C, such as citrus fruit, help tighten the skin and prevent wrinkles.
Vitamin C also boosts the immune system, that fights off the bacteria that may cause inflammation on the skin, which can lead to acne. Lastly, Vitamin C has anti-oxidant properties, which help reveal glowing, youthful skin.
I enjoy grapefruit in yogurt with a drizzle of honey! yum! I also infuse my water with lemon, lime and grapefruit! or juice all three.
Eating vegetables is good for your body. For your skin, it is best to choose orange-red and green vegetables. Orange-red vegetables, such as carrots and squash, are rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is then converted by the body into Vitamin A, which acts as an anti-oxidant. This will prevent cell damage and slow down aging of the skin.
Green, leafy vegetables, like spinach, kale and lettuce, are also rich in Vitamin A, which prevents acne. That is why Vitamin A is such a common ingredient in acne creams. Vitamin A also helps the skin produce new cells and shed off old, dead skin. Thus, you will have moist, bright and younger-looking skin.
Kale is my favorite. I juice is, cook it or have it in my salad.
Nuts cause acne? Total MYTH! Nuts, especially almonds, are rich in Vitamin E, which is the main nutrient needed by the skin. Vitamin E helps the skin retain moisture, which is needed by the skin to remain supple and younger looking.
Nuts also have anti-oxidant components, especially when paired with selenium. Selenium can be found in foods such as Cottage cheese.
Personally, I cannot go without cashew nuts. Cashew nuts in EVERYTHING! Well nearly everything!
5. Whole Grains
Whole grains are rich in the antioxidant agent, rutin, that helps fight inflammation of the skin. Wheat germ, on the other hand, is full of the B-Vitamin, biotin, that aids in breaking down fats. Low levels of biotin in the body may lead to dry and/or scaly skin.
I add grains into my oats and juices!