Your Skin Reflects What You Eat: 5 Common Foods You Should Use More Often

by Paul on March 7, 2014

luteinIn a previous post we have talked about the correlation of an unhealthy nutrition over the overall health of our skin, emphasizing a few dietary habits that are dangerous – as they lead to skin disorders and imbalances, such as acne, rashes, pigmentation problems, dry spots or rashes. Today we intend to expand the angle regarding nutrition and skin health and present you with some common foods that prevent your skin from becoming vulnerable to inflammation and other systemic problems and which you can include in your diet, as they are not only healthy, but play a preventative and curing role for skin diseases. It is only fair to tell you what you can eat, after we ruined your day last time, emphasizing on the research showing that dairy products, sugar and even some oils have detrimental effects on your skin. So following the principles of a healthier, beautiful skin and a cleansed organism, let’s see how your skin reflects what you eat and the products you should consider buying on your next groceries shopping session.

1. Sweet potatoes

Don’t let the “sweet” add fool you, this vegetable can do wonders to your skin (just like the other red or orange colored vegetables, such as carrots or red bell peppers) as it contains a lot of beta – carotene which is transformed into Vitamin A – essential for a smooth, soft look and feel to your skin. However, avoid to deep – fry them or soak them in oily dressings, the best outcome of the sweet potatoes is obtained if you eat them baked or boiled.

2. Nuts

If you don’t have an allergy to nuts and you happen to also like them, don’t hesitate in bringing them to your table, eaten raw, in salads, deserts, all sort of food mixes, exotic or not. Given the nuts’ high levels of omega 3 fatty acids so necessary to our health, nuts hydrate and lubricate your skin, while the alpha – linolenic acid is essential for a healthy skin: its lack may lead to eczema and other problems caused by dry skin.

3. Avocado

This is a fatty fruit, but all its fats are a natural aid for preserving your health and your skin beauty. Avocado also contains vitamins E and C and also lutein, essential ingredients for anti – aging and anti – inflammatory effects  on the skin. Avocado can be consumed raw, in salads, fruit cocktails and other dishes, but if you are tempted to make some guacamole, be careful with the extra fats you add to the dish.

4. Broccoli

Broccoli contains high levels of calcium and vitamin C, so it is a good replacement for dairy products – found to have negative effects on the skin’s health, aiding not only the entire body to feel better and benefit from all the good nutrients, but also the skin to regain elasticity and prevent wrinkles to show up too soon or too heavy.

5. Eggs

You might think that eggs are not the healthiest food around, although they are an essential source of proteins, but many people fear them. However, there is a solid link between eggs and skin health and, if you believe that your skin reflects what you eat, then it should reflect a necessary add of lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients commonly associated with vision health and improvements, but also with skin elasticity and cell strengthening, which cannot be dismissed as important when it comes to skin health. Fried eggs may not comply with the principles of a healthy diet, but you can try eating them boiled and make sure you eat the entire egg.

What else should you eat to have a healthy skin? Fruits and vegetables that contain carotene, vitamin C and collagen, omega 3 fatty acids, such as red bell peppers, fish, cauliflower, cantaloupes and water melon, spinach and tomatoes. And don’t forget to drink water, as much as you can, on a daily basis.

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