Guest Blog: Nicole Cherry Certified Health & Fitness Expert
Are You Feeding Your Skin the Right Foods?
If you’re seeking clear, plump, amazing skin (and who isn’t?), you should know that your diet plays an important role in your appearance. The old saying, “You are what you eat” is really true and applies to your skin just like it does for the rest of your body. It’s all about proper nutrients, minimizing inflammation, and eating healthy fats.
Vitamin C Rich Foods
One nutrient that creates firmer, smoother skin while lessening the appearance of sunspots and dryness is Vitamin C. Since our bodies don’t manufacture or store this important nutrient, it is essential to eat vitamin C rich foods. Some excellent choices to incorporate into your daily diet include dark leafy greens (such as kale or broccoli), carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables.
Inflammation is one of the leading causes of skin problems such as acne. When your blood sugar spikes, it causes inflammation throughout your body. This is why sugar and other simple carbohydrates like white bread, pasta and baked goods made with sugar and enriched flour should be limited or better yet, completely avoided.
Choosing anti-inflammatory foods such as sweet potatoes, kale, broccoli, mushrooms, green tea, cherries and turmeric have a calming effect on the body and will aid in reducing inflammation which will diminish or erase redness.
Healthy Fats for Healthy Skin
Another way to support healthy skin is to eat foods containing high quality omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 rich foods are great for inflamed, dry, irritated or itchy skin resulting from skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.
Consider these foods containing healthy fats:
Cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish
Extra virgin olive oil
Dark chocolate (in moderation)
Coconut and coconut oil
The best foods for healthy skin also promote good health overall. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Limit or eliminate dairy products. Include nuts, seeds and beans in your favorite meals. Choose whole-grain breads and pasta. Limit sweets. Bottom line, feed your body well with skin-loving foods to give you clear, plump and amazing skin!
Certified Health & Fitness Expert