Want to prevent dry skin, brittle nails and dull hair?
Then it is time to eat your way to healthy hydrated skin and load up your grocery cart with wholesome foods, for beauty boosting nutrition from the inside out.
A poor diet, dehydration, lack of sleep and emotional stress, paired with external environmental pollutants, UV rays and smoking all take a toll on our skin. A deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals along with a surplus of impurities create free radicals in the body. Free radicals are toxins that cause rapid skin damage and ultimately form signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. To combat these toxins, stock up the fridge and add at least three pieces of fruit and five kinds of vegetables to your daily routine for a diet rich in antioxidants, vital for a glowing complexion.Fruits like blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit and tomatoes are packed with nutrients including vitamins A, C and E which help slow down cellular skin damage from free radicals. Pomegranate is another nourishing option; it creates and increases collagen, which is basically skin’s elasticity that maintains softness and suppleness. Vegetables like spinach, avocado, peppers and leafy greens are also rich in antioxidants, improving skin cells and increasing healing speed.
A balanced diet is key to achieving luminous skin. Foods high in omega-3 essential fatty acids plump up the skin from the inside out. Nutrients found in salmon improve skin elasticity and diminish fine lines. Fortified eggs are a complete source of protein, which helps protect against dryness. Munching on walnuts adds shine to hair, and smoothness to skin texture. Beans, brown rice and legumes are sources of protein that break down amino acids during digestion to help repair and regenerate skin cells and collagen.
You can also sip your way to healthy skin by brewing up a cup of green tea. Green tea has earned a reputation for its skin healing properties that help prevent premature signs of aging. Research shows green tea neutralizes damage caused by the sun’s UV rays and over the long run, may even prevent skin cancer. Other benefits include soothing acne prone skin, decreasing inflammation in skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis, and rejuvenating skin cells at a faster rate.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water; at least eight to ten glass a day. If you find you’re not getting enough of these nutrients on a daily basis, boost your intake by taking a multivitamin supplement. Remember to be patient to see results; it may take up to three months to reach optimal levels of nutrition for healthy skin.