Is eating your way to beautiful skin possible? I think it is.
After all, your skin is your largest organ and its health is an inside out job, despite the myriad of over-the-counter skin care items for sale.
While it’s good not to overdose on the sun, and emollients are useful, I’m here to tell you that a healthy diet is just as important, and perhaps even more essential, if you want your skin to be healthy.
What nutrients should you be focusing on for an eating-for-healthy-skin plan?
Glad you asked!
1. Include antioxidant-rich foods with strong concentrations of vitamins C and E.
They help reduce free-radical damage that contributes to aging skin. Eat red bell peppers, broccoli, citrus fruits, mango, strawberries and raspberries. Foods high in vitamin E include peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts.
2. Include foods containing the B vitamin biotin, which forms the foundation of our skin, hair and nails.
Eat liver, oats, turkey, Brazil nuts, potatoes, avocados, bananas, legumes, and kefir (a yogurt drink).
3. Vitamin A helps maintain and repair skin tissue, so eat carrots, sweet potatoes, mangos, spinach, dried apricots, milk, egg yolks, and mozzarella cheese.
4. Foods rich in lean protein provide skin benefits too. Eat yogurt, cheese, turkey, chicken, lean beef, and sardines.
5. A good combo to think about for optimizing the skin’s structure and function is: water, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s are found in fish, healthy oils and nuts.
Focus on these 5 steps for healthier skin and let me know how it goes!