Food For Healthy Skin!
A mildly appropriate photo utilized for the sake of today’s topic — no make up and an excited face ready to talk about healthy things!
This is a picture of myself in the backroom of a doctor’s office I used to intern for in the beginning of the year.
When I first made my big move to the Big Apple, I was very contingent on working in the medical field.
From an early age, holistic medicine and healing fascinated me.
I remembering reading books like, The Herb Bible, and Raw Foods.
And though I did have my dirty days of sweets every blue moon, I made sure that I was consciously aware of all that I put into my body.
From the age of 12 until about 15, I had terrible skin. And by terrible, I mean, acne like it was no one’s business — and gosh was it embarrassing.
I mean, it wasn’t as graphic as modern day television sometimes makes having teenage adolescent skin out to be, but it wasn’t the prettiest thing to behold.
Of course, around this age, everyone I went to high school with had some kind of moderate version of acne, so I didn’t really feel my case was all that different. That was until all of my friends began seeing dermatologist and their skin started to clear up. That’s when it kicked in that I not only needed a solution, but I wanted it — badly.
Folks, I had tried everything from Proactive to Acne Free, dermatologist recommended, over the counter prescription drugs, you name it!
They all had a short term effect on my skin and then eventually my skin would return to it’s pimply state.
It wasn’t until I changed my diet for the better, adding more nutritional value and vitamins, and cutting out all meats with the exception of fish, did my skin not only appear completely blackhead and acne free, but it glowed and looked younger! My exterior appearance stayed naturally hydrated in the winter without moisturizing additives, and was peel resistant in the summer and warm weather.
Below, with the help of a handful of respectable sources, I have composed a list of superfoods; some of which are in my personal dietary list today, and others I’ve come to understand work wonders for people and their skin.
for Healthy !free radicals in the body. If you can’t get hold of them fresh, most health food shops tell concentrated juices and tablets – just be sure to go for natural products free from additives and artificial sugars. almonds) and then were exposed to UV light sunburned less than those who took none. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals. avocado oil is thought to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, which improves its tone and texture. Eating a regular portion of avocado (half a pear will do!) can also improve the skin’s ability to keep itself moisturised.
It has been suggested that steady blood sugar levels and skin health could be linked, so it makes sense to try swapping out processed white carbohydrates for brown, wholegrain, low glycemic index foods like brown rice. A portion a day not only provides a rich source of B vitamins, protein, selenium and magnesium, as well as several antioxidants, but also helps to regulate your sugar levels by releasing energy slowly throughout the day rather than all at once like processed carbs do.
Forget cabbage – kale contains a full range of vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K, as well as potent levels of manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, protein, folate and phosphorus (phew!). We love adding a handful of kale into a soup with some of the other ingredients listed here for a real skin-clearing tonic.
You could probably build a fortress against the Big C with these leaves. In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, people who ate the most leafy greens actually had half as many skin tumors over 11 years as those who ate the least. It’s thought that the folate in these veggies may help repair and maintain DNA—basically bolstering cells’ ability to renew themselves. That reduces the likelihood of cancer-cell growth. The added bonus to Popeye’s fix: The water in greens penetrates cell membranes—which makes for plumper and less wrinkled skin.
You think oranges have a lot of vitamin C? Strawberries have even more. Vitamin C is key for firmer skin as it helps with collagen production. An added benefit: they also contain antioxidants that can help slow memory loss as you get older.
There is evidence to suggest that high cortisone levels, one of the main hormones released by the adrenal gland in response to stress, can lead to break-outs. Regulating fluctuating blood sugar levels can help us to combat stress by lifting our moods. Try eating vitamin-packed complex carbohydrates, which release sugar slowly over time, like sweet potato. The root vegetable also contains beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A when it is digested, and can help to improve the circulation of oxygen to the skin.
Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily. A high essential-fatty-acid content makes sunflower seed oil a treat for parched body parts, such as lips and heels.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm and taut by aiding collagen production. They also contain lycopene: the red pigment which not only gives them their bright red colour, but also stimulates skin circulation.
Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity. The nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snack on a handful of walnuts each day to improve your complexion’s texture, and slough tough calluses.
Clear skin starts from within, and one of the best, cheapest and most effective ways to get there is to help your body flush out toxins by drink plenty of water. Not only will upping your fluid levels help to keep your brains fully functional and therefore better able to cope with stress, but it also replenishes water in the cells. Make sure you drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, and drink more after exercise.
Next time you make a salad, try substituting a few lettuce leaves for some peppery watercress. The leafy greens are jammed full of antioxidants as well as minerals manganese, carotene and potassium. This makes watercress a powerful cleansing agent, nourishing the skin while helping to flush out toxins and excess fluids in the process. Bonus!