Most of us understand the relationship between a healthy diet and a healthy body. However, some people would still be surprised to learn that eating right can affect more than just their body. In fact, eating right can lead to healthier and more attractive looking skin. If you don’t believe this is true think about how your skin can begin to look dull and less glowing when you begin to eat a lot of fast food or junk food. While junk food might not cause you to get pimples it can ultimately make your skin look dull and unattractive. Luckily, glowing skin is easy to achieve once you have a started eating healthy and whole foods. Below is a guide on how to eat healthy to achieve more attractive skin.
Can Food Affect Your Skin?
While there is still some question as to whether the old wives tale that too much chocolate causes acne is true healthy foods will ultimately lead to better looking skin largely because your entire body will become healthier and stronger. This will have a positive effect on your skin. This becomes even more of an issue as you grow older. When you are still young you will be able to get away with eating a lot more junk food without it affecting your body or skin then when you are older.
Visiting a nutritionist or skin care specialist can help you better understand the link between eating right and beautiful skin. Additionally, both of these professionals can help you take a look at your current diet and how you can update it to improve the health of your skin.
Healthy Eating for Healthy Skin Tips
- Vitamins: There are certain vitamins that you should try to include regularly in your diet for their skin protecting benefits. These include vitamin C which helps the skins production of collagen and vitamin E which protects your skin against UV rays. Foods that are rich in vitamin C include bell peppers, oranges, pineapple, tomatoes, broccoli, mangoes, and pineapple. Foods that are rich in vitamin E include olive oil, certain nuts and seeds, spinach, and wheat germ.
- Antioxidants: If you haven’t yet heard of free radicals they may sound like the beginning of a news story but free radicals are really unstable molecules that can attack your body, specifically your skin, and cause wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging. Most free radicals come from sources such as sun exposure, pollution, smoking, and even stress. This means that everyone is exposed to free radicals throughout the day. Antioxidants actually help stabilize free radicals and keep them from attacking your body and skin thereby slowing the aging process. Foods that are rich in antioxidants are acai berries, blueberries, pomegranates, green tea, flaxseed, beans, and dark chocolate.
- Omega–3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 has long been credited with helping people regain heart health, but these fatty acids can also help keep skin protected against dehydration. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids help skin to keep nutrients in while driving toxins out. In fact, omega-3 is an important part of any healthy diet for healthy skin. Foods that are rich in omega-3 include walnuts, canola oil, flax seed, tuna, salmon, and a variety of seafood. Some people even take fish oil capsules to increase their daily intake of omega-3.
There has long been a belief that eating a balanced diet will improve every aspect of your health including the health of your skin. Today, there are a variety of studies that back up these claims and show that people who have a rich and varied diet full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3, fats, and other nutrients also tend to have beautiful and clear skin.
Dr. Michael Barakate is a pediatric and adult otolaryngologist located in Sydney, Australia offering skin care information at ENTWellbeing.com.au.