Healthy Skin Is Not Just Vanity

Skin is the body’s largest organ. As such, its integrity is essential to good health. When our skin’s health is impacted by environmental toxins, chemicals, malnutrition and other factors, it shows. Maintaining healthy, beautiful skin takes takes a little work, but it can reap real dividends.

So how can we eat and drink our way to healthy skin? Below is a list of foods that can go a long way towards maintaining supple, healthy skin.

  • Green tea's polyphenols are great for skin
    Rich in polyphenols, green tea's antioxidants can help minimize environmental damage. Drink with just a little lemon for maximum effect.
  • clean clear water is essential
    Clean, clear water - it's essential. Not only does it help the kidneys flush out toxins, but by staying hydrated, your skin will feel smoother and dewier than without it.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for skin and hair
    Organic cold-pressed olive oil is a powerhouse, containing Vitamins A & E, and squalene, which makes it good for nourishing skin and hair. Not to mention the cholesterol-lowering benefits imparted by its polyunsaturated fat content.
  • Avocado is a delicious source of Vitamins A & E.
    Avocados are rich in many Vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A & E. It is also high in monounsaturated fat, a water-soluble fat that makes it great in homemade hair and skin masks.
  • Tomatoes and peppers
    Tomatoes and Peppers - Rich in Lycopene and Vitamin C, these foods help protect against environmental stress.
  • Berries and skin
    Aside from their health benefits, berries are high in antioxidants like Anthocyanins and Vitamin C. They're also shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Mixed nuts
    Nuts and seeds are rich in Vitamins E, protein and essential minerals like selenium, magnesium and zinc. Essential fatty acids like omega-3s help keep skin supple. And they sure taste good!
  • Citrus fruits
    Citrus fruits offer soluble fiber, Vitamin C - a natural skin brightener with antioxidants to prevent cell damage.

Of course, it goes without saying that buying organic whenever possible will help minimize the accumulation of pesticides in the body. It’s great to know that you really can eat (and drink) your way to better skin.

References:
BBE article on eating your way to fabulous skin
Eat This article on foods for better health