6 Diet Tips For Healthy & Glowing Skin From Inside Out
You’ve probably already read about how diet influences our health, and how important it is to skin care, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that the food we eat affects every aspect of our life including our energy levels, stamina, the state of our mental and emotional health, sex, productivity, and of course, our physical appearance.
What you eat determines what your hair looks like, your skin, nails, and how you feel about yourself. Simple things like adding fruit and protein to your diet makes it possible to maintain high energy and still keep your skin soft and smooth – and this happens because the cells are provided with the fuel they need to stay healthy and perform essential functions.
So how exactly should you go about keeping skin healthy? Follow this 5-step guide for amazing skin with good nutrition.
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1) Cut down on dairy
If you have dry skin or suffer from pimples, then it might be a good idea to reduce the amount of dairy products you consume. Milk has been known to disrupt the digestive process and cause the release of toxic acids – and when toxicity levels get too high, the skin suffers. However, if you’re lactose intolerant, drinking fermented milk can create some much-needed balance in the stomach.
2) Load up on green juice
Green leaves such as kale can help improve your complexion and slow down the aging process. Dark green veggies have all the antioxidants your skin needs to stay young and smooth, and if you add in some ginger or other natural anti-inflammatories, then you can get rid of bumps on your skin without any of those high-priced skin care products. Take a glass of green juice at least once every day, and throw in fruit for flavor.
3) Protect yourself with antioxidants
Antioxidants are what keep your body functioning even when bombarded with all manner of toxins – from the harsh UV rays that poison the body with free radicals, to the tiny residual chemicals that you ingest or come in contact with. The best way to take care of your skin is to give your body what it needs to eliminate pollutants from the body. Foods like kale or garlic are loaded with antioxidant properties that you need every day to have smooth, healthy skin. Also, consider eating more fruit to get Vitamin A, C, and E, which are some of the most important antioxidants.
4) Stay away from sugar
What makes sugar a bad thing for skin care is that it is pro-inflammatory, and that’s the last thing you want when trying to get healthy, glowing skin. Sugar has a negative effect on hormonal function, and taking too much of it will not only make you fat, it will also damage your skin. To avoid all that, you can get healthy sugar from fruits instead of loading up on refined sugar and over-processed food products.
5) Drink plenty of water
Water is perhaps the most important antioxidant but most of the time we avoid drink it. Your body needs water to digest food, absorb nutrients, and to get rid of waste. Your skin, on the other hand, needs water to stay soft and smooth, and when you don’t drink enough water, you’re likely to get dry, flaky skin. If left for too long, dryness can lead to lines and wrinkles and make you look much older than you are.
6) Watch your caffeine intake
Drinking too much caffeine can actually dehydrate you, and in some cases, it can create inflammation in the stomach walls. Reduce your tea and coffee intake and drink water instead. It’s healthier for your body and skin, and you can’t have too much. Your midday breaks are also an opportunity to give your body what it needs to push through the rest of the day with high energy, so think fruit juice and high-fiber foods, and keep the caffeine at a minimum.
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