You eat nutritious foods for a healthier mind, body and spirit – but they can also be great news for your skin!
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and quite susceptible to what you eat and even what you think. Stress, for instance, can play a big role in the quality of your skin – think of how it shows up in the form of breakouts when you’re going through a difficult time. Looking after your body and mind with a holistic diet in itself helps to feed your skin with nutrients to ward off stress and ailments, but you can also take more specific steps to make your skin glow with health.
A large amount of your regular meals should consist of natural, unprocessed foods; such as fruits and vegetables. Many of these contain antioxidants that fight free radicals, preventing cellular damage. Since we are bombarded by free radicals on a daily basis, due to pollution and sunlight, our diet should consist of antioxidant-rich foods to kill off free radicals that can cause wrinkles and pigmentation. Specific produce that contains antioxidants are those with bright colors – think kale, pumpkin and sweet potatoes.
It’s not just what you eat on a holistic diet, but how you eat it. By taking the time to eat in a calm manner and chewing properly, you allow your digestive system to work efficiently. Digestion also has an impact on your skin, which can benefit from probiotics. Consuming probiotics decreases the amount of bad bacteria in your gut. This bacteria can lead to chronic inflammation, causing skin problems such as acne to flare up. Foods such as yogurt, miso soup, and kefir all contain probiotics.
Although you limit the amount of fat you consume in your holistic diet, there are good fats that should be forming part of your regular eating plan as they help to keep you healthy. Omega-3s are essential fats that our bodies need but cannot produce on their own. You can get omega-3s in flaxseeds, nuts such as walnuts, and fatty fish like salmon.
How they’re great for your skin:
Omega-3s help to nourish the skin from the inside, giving you that suppleness and glow!
– They keep the membranes of skin strong which helps to lock in moisture.
– They keep the skin protected from UV rays (but remember, you still need sunscreen!). By preventing the production of melanin, they block pigmentation and discoloration. Omega-3s therefore help to keep your skin tone looking radiant and even.
– They prevent inflammation linked to skin conditions such as psoriasis. This is because they subdue the rapid multiplication of skin cells which can cause such skin conditions to spread.
Drench Your Skin
Drinking lots of water is a must on any diet, but when you get tired of it, you can indulge in other healthy drinks that do wonders for your skin. These include:
– Green Tea
Studies show that green tea contains compounds called catechins, which are high in antioxidants that reduce inflammation.
– Coconut Water
This is a delicious way to stay hydrated and moisturize your skin. Coconut water contains less sugar than fruit juices and sports drinks. It also helps to keep your skin youthful. This is thanks to its Vitamin C content. Vitamin C produces collagen to keep your skin firm and flexible, while preventing dry skin.
Your holistic diet can help to maintain inner well-being while giving your skin a natural makeover to boost its youthfulness and beauty.