Healthy Skin Foods

Everything you put into your body will be reflected in your skin. If you have a diet high in fat, processed foods and little fruit and vegetables, your skin will surely reflect that. In our teens, and 20s we’re able to get away with a lot but once we hit 30 and beyond our skin isn’t so forgiving anymore.

Here are a few must have foods for healthy skin:

Water…Water…WATER – This is the number ONE best thing for your skin! You should drink HALF your body weight in ounces of PURE water. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day (no sodas, soups or other drinks are included in this). It may seem like a lot. However, if you fill a jug and make sure you drink before each meal and throughout your day, before you know it…you drank your quota! For maximum benefits clear water is best. It helps purify your body and eliminates toxins. It is the closest thing to the fountain of youth!

Green tea – Not only is this drink loaded with health benefits, it will also help the look of your skin by reducing inflammation and fighting free radicals that cause skin damage.

Selenium – This powerhouse is found in foods like turkey, brazil nuts, tuna, and whole grain breads. Include at least one of these foods in your diet every day.

Fatty Acids – These are found in oils such as walnut and flaxseed. Oily fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel are also rich in essential fatty acids.

Dairy – Low fat dairy products are high in Vitamin A which is beneficial to the skin. Low fat yogurt is also good for the digestive system which in turn helps skin health.

Raw Fruits and Vegetables – A variety of raw fruits and vegetables are excellent for overall healthy skin. There are some foods in particular that are very high in antioxidants which promote good skin health. Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are great for fighting against free radicals which can cause skin cell damage. Vegetables that are brightly colored such as red peppers, yellow peppers and sweet potatoes are also great skin foods.

Now that you know what to eat for healthy skin, let’s look at some foods that should be left out altogether if you want to look young longer.

Foods that are NOT healthy for your skin:

White Flour Foods – White bread, rice, pasta and sugar are less nutritious than the whole grain types and will cause inflammation in the skin which can lead to aging. Try cutting these items from your diet for two weeks and look in the mirror. Your skin should look less inflamed and fine lines will be less apparent.

Alcohol – dehydrates the skin and speeds the aging process, try to only have it in moderation. A little red wine may have some health benefits, however, beer does not.

Smoking – This will age you, cutback or better yet cut it out altogether. Your skin and lungs will thank you for it. You will also better your chances of not getting heart disease and cancer.

Processed Foods – These are loaded with sugar and additives. They are very hard on your skin. They are best left out of your diet altogether.

Sodas and Sugary Drinks – They are not only bad for your health but they can also rob your skin of essential nutrients. They’re also not good for your waistline and have been known to cause cellulite (even the diet variety). Plus, they keep you from drinking your fountain of youth…WATER!

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