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.

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Our diet has a huge impact on our skin.

We’ve often heard that “you are what you eat.” When it comes to your skin, the same is true. While many “fad” diets were developed to help people lose weight, little consideration is given to the impact that they have on the skin. The best diet consists of health-promoting foods that keep our skin healthy, too.

Our bodies function optimally at a very narrow pH – 7.3-7.5, which is slightly alkaline. Our diets can often create an acidic environment which can contribute to disease states in the body. The same can be said for our skin. Normal skin has an “acid mantle” somewhere near a pH of 5. Our skin produces sebum which creates a barrier. This prevents drying and protects the skin from harmful bacteria, while supporting beneficial bacteria. When this natural barrier is stripped away by harsh products, it creates an imbalance that can contribute to skin problems.

Our diets may also contribute to skin imbalance by creating an imbalance in the body. Our modern diets are often low in fiber and fresh vegetables, which can make our bodies work harder to digest food and can lead to kidney and gallstones. We often don’t drink enough water, which is needed for proper muscle, kidney and skin function. It also allows the body to flush out toxins and prevent dehydration. Fresh fruits and vegetables also have a high water content. The following foods can contribute to a healthy body and glowing skin:

1) Foods high in antioxidants like berries, spices, dark leafy greens, and green tea, help reduce free-radical damage on the skin as well as in the body.
2) Foods rich in Vitamins C (orange, pineapple, papaya) help to maintain skin integrity and promote healing.
3) Foods high in beta-carotene (squash, sweet potato, kale) can help protect against sun damage.
4) Foods irhc in Vitamine E (nuts, wheat germ, leafy greens, cold-pressed oils, fish oil) can help protect the body’s lipid-bearing membranes (including skin).
5) Drinking adequate fluids (purified water or herb tea) help prevent dehydration, which can cause skin drying and helps maintain the body’s normal functioning.
6) Foods high in fiber (wheat germ, beans, dark leafy greens) can help the body remove toxins from the body, while supporting beneficial gut bacteria.

By taking the time to find the right diet and skincare regimen, we can go a long way towards maintaining optimal health, inside and out.