It goes without saying that what we put into our bodies is a major determining factor in how healthy we are, but also how our skin looks. The old dictum ‘you are what you eat’ has never been truer, especially when it comes to having glowing skin. Below are some of the best diet tips you can follow for maintaining skin that is healthy and young-looking for many years – and here’s a list of 15 foods to stay away from!
Drink Water Like it’s Going out of Style
Doctors recommend that we drink at least eight glasses of water a day. In addition to keeping our hearts and kidneys going, water also is essential to good skin health. To explain, water hydrates the human body and flushes out bad toxins. If you want your skin to have an even better glow, add lemon and cucumber slices to your water.
Eat as Little Sugar as Possible
I think there is one thing that we can all agree on; sugar is addictive. In fact, sugar is one of the most prolific ‘trigger foods’ in the world today. You eat a little bit, you keep wanting more. But to have super smooth skin, you’ll have to cut out a lot of your favorite sweets such as cakes, cookies and ice cream as well as soda pop, which is a landmine of sugar. Sugar messes up your body’s hormonal imbalance and causes inflammation.
Eat Omega-3 Fats
Yes, there are good fats and bad fats. Bad fats include fried foods that you should avoid like the plague while good fats (namely avocados, salmon and whole eggs and walnuts) work to hydrate your skin and therefore reduce obvious signs of aging.
Limit Coffee Intake
Coffee tastes so good yet it has a yen for dehydrating your skin. You can still enjoy one or two cups of coffee a day, but don’t go overboard.
Eat Plenty of Carrots
Carrots are one of the best foods that you can eat. Not only are they chocked full of fiber, but carrots are also full of antioxidants that prevent damage to skin cells. Furthermore, that portion of carrots you eat every day (either raw or cooked) is keeping your immune system healthy as well as preventing premature aging.
Go Wild with Berries
The best berries you can eat are blueberries and raspberries. Both types of berries contain plenty of vitamin A. One of the net benefits of eating blueberries is that they normalize oil levels in your skin.
Another huge advantage of these fruits is that you’ll get a large dose of the antioxidant proanthrocyanin. Proanthrocyanin does wonders for your cells and keeps you looking younger.
Your Skin Will Love Papaya
Compared to other fruits, papaya has the highest volume of Vitamin C. If you weren’t aware, Vitamin C is one of the components of getting glowing skin as it repairs collagen. Collagen protects your body from premature aging and sun damage. If you eat papayas, you’ll also be getting a healthy dose of Vitamin E. Vitamin E protects the body’s cells from free radicals, which damage cells. Furthermore, papayas are full of various antioxidants that benefit your skin.
Go Hard on Flaxseed
The net benefit of eating flaxseed is that it contains lignans, a phytonutrient that is full of fiber and antioxidant properties. Your body needs a certain amount of fatty acids to maintain optimum health, and especially to fight inflammation. You’ll find all that in flaxseed.