Right now, I’m having slight addictions to Caesar salads and asparagus, and I’m not pregnant. However, as I scarfed down an entire plate of grilled asparagus topped with Feta cheese crumbles, I got to thinking about how our diets affect our skin. I admit to loving Coke waaa-aaay too much, but I’ve noticed that my skin breaks out when I am overly indulging in my habit.
With that in mind, here are some great foods to sneak in your diet to help keep your skin clear and bright. Some may even help rid your body of toxins — like those in my Coke, ahem — that cause those random breakouts, dry spots, and other annoying skin problems.
Low-Fat Dairy Products, Carrots, and Yogurt-These foods are excellent sources of Vitamin A, a vitamin essential for great looking skin. Yogurt also contains live bacteria and enzymes. Foods that contain bacteria and enzymes that aid in digestions will also improve skin, as it improves the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
Antioxidant Fruits-Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and plums have been found to have the highest antioxidant count. Antioxidants help your body remove toxins that build up, and they also protest the cells from damage. This protection can even help prevent premature aging.
Salmon, Walnuts, Canola Oil, and Flax Seed-These foods pack a punch of fatty acids essential for maintaining healthy cell membranes that allow waste out and nutrients in. A stronger cell membrane also means the cell retains more moisture, resulting in healthier, plumper, younger looking skin. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are the most commonly known and beneficial fatty acids.
Healthy Oils- Eating up to 2 Tablespoons of healthy oils a day increases the skin’s lubrication, meaning you have healthier looking skin. Look for oils that are cold pressed, expeller processed, or extra virgin. Avoid commercially processed oils as many essential nutrients are lost during the heating and processing.
Green Tea- Green tea is a huge bang towards healthier skin overall. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps strengthen cell membranes. Some studies have also shown it to prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer.