Welcome to 2022!! We made it through another year! We entered a new year and I’m sure many of us want to make some changes, including myself, but don’t worry, this is NOT a new year’s resolution type of blog post, however, I will be sharing great tips to help make healthier food choices, while enjoying your meals. Eat Right. Your Skin Will Thank You and you will feel better!
It is well known that too much alcohol and smoking can dehydrate and deprive your skin of oxygen, putting your health at risk. Getting too much sun exposure and not getting enough rest, relaxation, and exercise can damage your skin, don’t you know? Did you also know that not eating the right foods can damage your skin as well?
The following foods can help you maintain healthy skin and nourish skin that has been damaged:
Fish, Beans and Oils
As many of you already know, essential fatty acids play a crucial role in ageing skin, as they are essential for maintaining skin elasticity. The lack of omega-3 fatty acids in your body can lead to premature wrinkles in your skin. A good source of EFA’s is fish, particularly salmon, and nuts, especially almonds and sunflower seeds. The best sources of EFAs are flaxseed oil, coconut oil, and borage oil, all of which can be consumed or taken as supplements.
Dark green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli have antioxidants that can reduce pimple inflammation, and orange vegetables such as carrots and peppers are full of beta-carotene, which your body converts into Vitamin A to heal damaged skin. Beta-carotene is abundant in winter vegetables. I suggest stocking up on squash. Your skin will love you for it!
Blackberries, plums, strawberries, blueberries and prunes are all included in the group of fruits that can help you keep your system toxin-free, and thus help your skin look radiant and healthy!
Turkey and Chicken (White Meat)
Protein is required for the repair of skin cells. If you encourage you to purchase organic meat or high-quality meat. Not a meat-eater? Organic Raw Nuts are a good source of protein. For protein, you can also substitute egg whites for meat.
Water, Water, and More Water
A substance that your body just can’t get enough of is water. Since 80% of your body is made up of water, it makes sense that you need to replenish that water, especially if you exercise a lot or live in a dry climate. Soft drinks and caffeinated drinks dehydrate your skin. You can make a refreshing spa beverage with slices of cucumber or oranges and mint sprigs by refrigerating them or filling up your water bottle while on the go.
Eating healthily, living well, and looking awesome is the key to a long and healthy life. Make sure to shop at your local farmer’s market or natural food store for organic foods, free of hormones and pesticides. As a result, you’ll eat optimally quality foods and support a sustainable environment.
Feel free to share your tips below.