I am certain you have heard the saying “you are what you eat", with regards to your skin this is absolutely true! What we eat affects how our skin looks and feels. The skin is the largest organ in the human body, our skin benefits from excellent nutrition, derived from the foods we eat. New research also shows that consuming food that is rich in protein and particular vitamins and minerals may provide anti-ageing effects.
So glowing beautiful skin begins with the choices you make in the supermarket!
The stomach is where 70% of your immune system lies. It is where nutrients are extracted and distributed throughout our body. Vitamins, minerals, essential nutrients for rebuilding, muscle, strengthening bones and renewing our skin! If you are not eating high quality nutrient's or your digestive system is sluggish and in poor health, Your skin will look dull, lacklustre, possibly suffer breakouts and be ageing prematurely, possibly due to the affect on collagen and elastin production.
Here are the best 10 foods for healthier skin
- Cocoa – It helps hydrate your skin, assist in making it firmer. Ensure that it is at least 70% Cacaco
- Yogurt – Can help in preventing wrinkles as the protein makes the skin firmer so its more resistant to lines. Plus the good bacteria in yogurt assist in good gut health. (Low fat unsweetened natural or Greek)
- Pomegranates – protect your skin as they are jam packed with antioxidants. Assisting in fighting free radicals and regulate the skins blood flow.
- Walnuts – Soften skin as they contain omega 3 – essential fatty acids and they can improve the skins elasticity.
- Vegetables (yellow & orange) - studies have shown that women who eat orange and yellow vegetables regularly have fewer wrinkles especially around the eyes. Amazingly the antioxidants found in yellow and orange vegetables decrease skin sensitivity to the sun, therefore minimizing sun damage and premature aging to the eye area.
- Sunflower seeds – will brighten up your skin, they are loaded with vitamin C. Sunflower oil is also great to treat parched body parts such as lips and heals.
- Kidney beans – High in Zinc and there is a direct correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels. This may also be due to the healing properties zinc.
- Edamame – even out your skin tone. Eat edamame and you should see a clearer complexion. Edamame contains soy, Soy contains minerals and proteins and have been shown to reduce hyper pigmentation.
- Oats – stay young, oats are the least processed of any grains so they retain the most vitamins and it takes longer to break down in your stomach. This in-turn assists in keeping your blood sugar stable and this elevates your body’s level of androgens, a hormone that contributes to wrinkles.
- Green Tea – calms redness as its very high in antioxidants and specifically one called EGCG which is scientifically proven to reduce redness. Studies have shown that green tea helps fight inflammation.