We have all heard it before…. ‘you are what you eat’. It’s no new discovery that our diet affects our bodies in many weird and wonderful ways. Our skin is one of the big ones but unfortunately one that a lot of people don’t consider when it comes to nutrition.
I have spoken in previous blogs about foods your skin LOVES (check out that blog HERE). As always there are several foods that can play havoc with your skin and leave you with breakouts, blackheads or dry, tired skin.
One of the worst offenders is DAIRY. Removing (or significantly reducing) dairy from your diet could be the single best thing you can do for your skin. Milk contains high levels of a hormone IGF-1 which is designed to make baby cows grow big and strong BUT in humans this hormone contributes to build up of inflammation in your body. Dairy products also increase the production of oil and mucous which clogs your pores and can eventually lead to acne.
The other obvious one is SUGAR. Cakes, lollies, chocolate… all those deliciously sweet foods are bad bad bad for your skin. Sugar disrupts many of the natural processes that occur within the body. Excessive sugar will cause a spike in your blood sugar, high blood sugar increases inflammation levels in our cells causing them to ‘age’ at a faster rate. Sugar also latches onto collagen making it stiff & less elastic eventually leading to wrinkles. Collagen is the connective tissue that keep our skin firm and supple.
Then there is ALCOHOL. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it dehydrates you. The more you drink the more dehydrated you become and the more water & vital nutrients are depleted from the skin cells. Our cells live for water, the more hydrated they are the firmer they are (and the better your skin looks). High levels of alcohol consumption can result in the appearance of red spidery vessels on the face, whilst also aggravating other dermatological conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. If you want to enjoy a few drinks (which let’s be honest most of us do) make sure you keep your water intake throughout the night to stay hydrated!
DEEP FRIED FOODS….. fries, chicken nuggets… these foods are cooked in oils at very high temperature. These oils oxidize during this process & go rancid. You then put that into your body. These bad fats are really hard for your body to digest which can impact on circulation and metabolism. Healthy skin relies on the efficient working of these processes for oxygen and nutrient delivery. A lack of oxygen to the skin can effect skin cells and reduce the elasticity of the collagen in our skin.
I think most of us are already probably aware that the above foods aren’t amazing for our health for many reasons. Well now you can add skin to that list!
Healthy glowing skin which screams youthful radiance
Dry, wrinkly, tired skin
Which would you choose?
Have a fabulous week!
The skin is our largest organ… yes it is an organ, and a very important one. It protects us from the elements, regulates our body temperature & allows us to feel sensations such as hot, cold, sharp or blunt. Given the huge surface area that our skin covers & what we expose it to its no wonder many of us run into skin related problems…. Acne, rashes, dermatitis, skin fungus, scars or eczema. These are not uncommon problems and may of us will be faced with at least one at some stage.
Can you eat your way to better skin? Simply yes you can. What you feed your insides will be reflected on the outside. The
re are other lifestyle factors that can affect your skin such as smoking, alcohol, makeup & skin care products, hormones, stress & in some cases genetic factors BUT your skin can be a whole lot better if you start being a little more conscious of what you put in your mouth.
Want to get the glow? Then include a little more of these foods in your diet.
- BROCCOLI the most wondrous of all the green vegetables. It’s packed full of things that every part of your body will love. High in vitamin C which helps with the production of collagen & it also contains lots of vitamin E which helps protect your skin against damage from UV rays.
- ALMONDS speaking of vitamin E, almonds are another great source. Grab a small handful of raw almonds as a snack or add them to your salad at lunch.
- OILY FISH such as salmon or trout is packed full of omega 3 fats. These are good fats that help to keep the skin soft & supple. If you have issues with dry or inflamed skin you need to get a little more fishy fish in your diet,
- CARROTS contain an antioxidant called beta carotene… This can be converted into vitamin A in the body and is important for repairing tissues. Not enough vitamin A = dry, cracked skin. Insiders tip… cooked carrots actually deliver higher levels of antioxidants so roast away (just be aware of what you roast them in)
- PUMPKIN SEEDS are full of zinc which is important in skin renewal and wound healing. Next time you go to bin the pumpkin seeds DON’T. Rinse them in water, place on a baking tray with a little sea salt & roast for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy as am afternoon snack!
- BERRIES…. especially blueberries are high in antioxidants & vitamin C both of which are great for fighting against cell damage and guarding against premature aging of the skin.
- WATER, the elixir of life & it’s great for your skin. Being adequately hydrated keeps the cells plump & full which gives your skin a firmer clearer look. Having enough water also ensures your body can expel unwanted waste & toxins whilst maintaining important nutrients within the cells. We all know the number… 8 glasses (at least) every day!
Eating plenty of the right foods is easy enough… but what about avoiding the bad ones? It’s a little more difficult.. and the list is slightly longer…..
Keep an eye out for next weeks blog about what foods to avoid if you really want healthy, glowing skin!
Have a great day