What To Eat For Healthy and Clear Skin:
Keeping healthy and glowing skin can be a struggle. Testing, buying, and trying all the new skincare on the market in hopes you find your magic product is time consuming and expensive. What if a product isn’t the answer? Sometimes the answer comes from what you’re putting inside your body.
The first tip is probably the one everybody is familiar with, drinking enough water. Water is what keeps the skin hydrated which means glowing, plush and youthful looking skin! Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces and add in more if you are physically active or sweating a lot in the summertime.
Healthy fats are another key contributor to glowing hair, skin, and nails. Healthy fats can be found in nuts, seeds, fatty fish, avocados, and dark chocolate. Next time you’re looking for a snack, reach for some Brazil nuts which contain a day’s worth of selenium in just one nut. Selenium has been proven to act as an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radicals. Not only that, but studies have also shown that selenium can help to clear skin, reducing the risk of breakouts and decreasing acne. Brazil nuts also contain high amounts of vitamin E which also helps improve your skin's natural barrier.
Vitamin C is another vitamin that helps produce collagen and elastin leaving you with less inflammation keeping your skin young over the years. Sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and oranges.
Keeping your blood sugars balanced has been shown to improve skin's natural radiance. This is where we see the relationship of breakouts and sugar consumption. Too much sugar may lead to excess breakouts in those with sensitive skin, so keeping added sugars low could help decrease breakouts.
Dairy is a highly debated topic at the moment and has left many of us confused whether dairy is our friend or enemy. Although research is conflicting regarding dairy and skin quality, there are some theories out there. Everybody is different and for some, cutting out dairy gets rid of their acne. For others, adding dairy back into their diet cleared their acne. Long story short, there is no cause-and-effect relationship regarding dairy and acne. Giving both options a try could give you a better understanding of your body type and what works best for your skin.
Overall, staying hydrated and healthy with a balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables and proteins are a definite yes when it comes to youthful radiant skin!
For more direction on what to eat to help your skin, visiting a dietitian or a licensed dermatologist for more direction could help guide your eating habits to reach your goals.
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