Updated: Feb 24
Did you know that what you put in your mouth has just as much importance as the products you apply to your skin?
An unhealthy diet can damage your metabolism, cause weight gain and even hurt organs...the biggest organ being your skin. Foods get digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin. If you eat highly processed foods, your skin weakens and not as supple as it could be. For example, if you don’t eat enough protein, you are depriving your skin of the amino acids that go into making collagen that gives your skin strength as well as the elastic tissue that gives it suppleness. A diet high in antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables, healthy fats from oily fish and nuts is crucial in providing optimal levels of the nutrients that are needed for radiant skin.
My top 7 foods for healthy skin:
1. Salmon. Fatty types of fish like salmon, contain omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce inflammation and keep skin moisturized. They also contain a good source of high-quality protein, vitamin E and zinc.
2. Avocados. High in beneficial fats this fruit (yes an avocado is a fruit) contains vitamins E and C, which are vital for healthy skin. They also pack compounds that may protect your skin from sun damage.
3. Dark Chocolate. Cocoa in dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can improve wrinkles, skin thickness, hydration, blood flow and skin texture. It can also protect your skin against sun damage (a.k.a. sunburns).
4. Sweet Potatoes. These are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which acts as a natural sunblock and can protect your skin from sun damage.
5. Walnuts. These types of nuts are another good form of essential fats, zinc, vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium and protein. All of which are nutrients that provides good skin health.
6. Bell Peppers. Bell peppers contain plenty of beta-carotene and vitamin C, both of which are important antioxidants for your skin. Vitamin C is also necessary to create collagen, the structural protein that keeps your skin strong.
7. Broccoli. This green vegetable is a good source of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids that are necessary for proper skin health. It also contains sulforaphane, which can assist in the prevention of skin cancer and protect your skin from sun damage.