What you put on your plate is just as important as what you put on your skin. Healthy skin does not only depend on the products you use on your skin, but also, most importantly, what you eat.
The easiest way to get healthy skin is by eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water.Clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City,Samantha Heller, MS, RD,says “The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look.”
When you don’t eat healthy foods it easily shows on your skin. You may find you look older, dry, your complexion changes (sallow) and you become more prone to skin diseases.
So lets just get to it. Here are 6 foods that give you healthy skin:
Low-Fat Dairy Products
Low-fat dairy products (eg. low-fat/ low cholesterol milk) contain Vitamin A, which is not only good for the eye but essential for skin cell development, and getting adequate amounts in the diet can maintain strong, supple skin. It is also very important for diabetics and those with thyroid problems since they cannot convert beta carotene as found in carrots to Vitamin A, but in dairy Vitamin A is readily available.
Strawberries & Beans
Strawberries (and other berries like blackberries & blueberries) & beans are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are responsible for destroying free radicals from sun exposure and pollution which cause skin damage and skin aging and protect the skin from further damage and aging.
Salmon contains essential fatty acids that help keep cell membranes healthy. Healthy skin cells hold moisture better, which results in plumper, younger-looking skin. These essential fatty acids are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Taking the whole as supplements also helps. They also protect your heart and prevent inflammation.
Healthy oils such as extra virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil and oils labeled as cold pressed, expeller processed, or extra virgin help lubricate the skin and some contain the essential fatty acids. But remember that even healthy oils are high in calories and their use should be limited.
Turkey, Tuna, Muffins, Whole-Wheat Bread and Cereals
These foods contain a specific type of antioxidant called Selenium. They are responsible for destroying free radicals from sun exposure and pollution which cause skin damage and skin aging and protect the skin from further damage and aging. But they also might be able to protect against sunburn. Researchers at Edinburgh University showed that when levels of selenium were high, skin cells were less likely to suffer the kind of oxidative damage that can increase the risk of cancer.
Green tea is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can help protect cell membranes. It can be drunk or applied directly to the skin, and a study showed it might also reduce skin cancer risk by protecting the skin against UV rays damage from the sun. It is also full of antioxidants which we already know is good for the skin.
60% of the human body is made up of water, and drinking more water is not only good for the body but does an amazing job at keeping your skin healthier, fresh & hydrated. I’m taking about pure drinking water not soda and drinks. Water helps transport nutrients throughout the body and move toxins out.
These Food Groups are very good for keeping a healthier-looking skin free from diseases.