We see all of the products that line the shelves of stores or the ads that target us online, but these beautiful creations are only part of the equation. Have you ever heard the old adage, “you can’t outrun a bad diet”? This could not be truer. Eating a well-balanced diet of vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables can help you lower your cholesterol, fight against heart disease, and most importantly, leave your skin radiant and healthy. We aren’t saying the internal body isn’t as important, but we all want to stay looking healthy on the outside. That is why we’ve put together the 5 best foods for healthy skin.
Avocados for aging skin
Avocados are a phenomenal source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, and are chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids. All of the vitamins help fight off aging and keep the skin soft. However, we highly avoid using the DIY Avacado Masks as they tend to clog pores, especially if you are prone to breakouts.
Sweet Potatoes to reduce wrinkles
Sweet potatoes are a great way to reduce the visibility of wrinkles. This nutritious carbohydrate contains a good dose of vitamin A which is commonly found in topical creams. We recommend that you avoid cooking your sweet potatoes with excess oils or frying them. Remember, the key is to keep it healthy.
Fish for the fats
A lot of diets circling the nutrition industry will tell you to cut out fats from your diet. However, fat is a vital micronutrient that helps you remain functional and healthy. Eating low-fat diets can leave you open to potential health risks, and will leave you less likely to succeed in any weight loss endeavors. Instead of removing fat, replace it with healthy fats found in fish, avocados, olive oils, and coconut oils. Foods containing omega-3’s can help reduce inflammation and the severity of acne.
Walnuts for inflammation and soft skin
In the western culture, we eat diets that are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Diets too high in omega-6 are known to cause inflammation. With limited omega-3’s in our diets, it is important to seek out sources of this good fatty acid. Walnuts are exactly that. They contain a good balance of both fatty acids and are chock-full of copper which is known to boost collagen production. Grab some walnuts in bulk and include them in your daily diet. However, be mindful of the serving size. Overdoing it on the nut consumption will elevate your fat intake even if it seems like you aren’t eating a lot.
Green and yellow vegetables to fight eye wrinkles
Vegetables are a no-brainer when it comes to overall health be it internal or on the surface. Green and yellow vegetables contain carotenoids which are known to help your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, and vitamin A, E, and selenium to help fight against wrinkles. Include a good mix of green and yellow vegetables like peppers, zucchini, and broccoli into your diet with each meal and start reaping the rewards.
With each step towards improving your health, you will notice a great difference not only in your waistline but also your skin. Eating whole foods, and a mostly-plant-based diet is a surefire way to rid yourself of many skin related issues. By limiting dairy and red meat consumption, you can limit breakouts and inflammation that trouble teens and adults through most of their life.
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