Your body is made up of tens of trillions of cells which are constantly dividing and being replaced both day and night, building up this amazing human being – you! The food we eat is absorbed through our stomach and intestine into the blood where it travels around the whole body giving us nourishment. Your skin regeneration cycle is around 28 days and you need to understand that your body is made out of what you eat.
So can you eat your way to better skin?? Yes, you can. Doctors all over the world now know that hair growth (and fallout), skin collagen production, hormone balance and more are all tied to what you choose to eat.
Here is our must-eats to help you get your glow on!
Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids have incredible beauty benefits, including glowing skin and shiny hair. Think of them as essential building blocks of skin’s surface layers, making a smoother, more even, younger-looking and healthier complexion, no matter your age or skin type. While salmon is usually the superstar choice, doctors believe mackerel, sardines and anchovies are even better.
Red Bell Peppers
Did you know that red peppers contain far more skin-boosting vitamin C than oranges? Vitamin C is a pre-cursor to collagen production and is also an antioxidant. When UV light hits your skin, it creates free radicals. These bounce around inside your skin and lead to DNA damage, which turns into ageing. Antioxidants attach themselves to free radicals and neutralise them so that they can’t do damage. Loading up on red peppers will help keep your skin looking young.
Not only does spinach give you strength, but it’s also a major anti-ager. It’s rich in beta carotene, which converts into the powerful anti-ageing vitamin A. This nutrient is crucial for allowing proper moisture retention to the epidermis, helping to prevent wrinkles and remove dead skin. For optimum results, pair spinach with a food that’s high in vitamin C. Try a squeeze of lemon in a homemade dressing drizzled over a spinach salad.
The water from coconuts is a great natural hydration aid and contains potassium, an electrolyte that helps move nutrients into our cells. Coconut oil, which is high in healthy fats, vitamins E and K and minerals, has an anti- inflammatory effect on skin disorders such as acne. Also it is a natural antioxidant and has sunscreen abilities too. Try swapping vegetable oil for coconut oil when cooking – it has a high smoke point, which means it’s great for high-heat cooking.
Other foods you need to get into your diet are avocados, Eggs, Garlic, Walnuts, Tomatoes & pumpkin seeds.
Foods to avoid
Your skin has one nemesis, it’s refined carbohydrates. “Refined carbs” refers to processed sugar and processed flour, which break down into sugar.
1. Sugar depletes your heathy gut bacteria which can aggravate skin disorders such as acne
2. Sugar can increase oil production in your skin which is going to clog your pores causing blackheads, whiteheads and spots. When you eat refined sugar, your body releases the hormone insulin and this can trigger production of sebum.
3. Refined carbs age your skin by breaking down collagen.
Just think I should mention that refined carbs include white flour – so white bread, pastries, pasta and pizza!
What I think about good healthy food…
It would do my heart ❣ good if I could have you thinking that good foods as well as feeding your gorgeous skin – are nature’s best medicines.