That old cliché that ‘you are what you eat’ is, in reality, an extremely accurate and succinct way of demonstrating the intrinsic link between the food and drink you consume on a regular basis and the overall health of your mind and body.
As the largest organ, the condition of your skin will improve or reduce depending on the level of necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you provide.
Here is an explanation of the undeniable link between food and your skin.
Omega-3 is Your Friend!
The powerful benefits of ensuring you are eating enough foods containing high levels of omega-3 fats are not just restricted to your skin but also spread to your internal organs and your hair and nails too.
Foods rich in omega-3 can help to protect the surface of your skin from sun damage, can help to reduce the level of dryness and irritability of the skin on your face, assist your body in healing from wounds, and even serve to reduce whiteheads, blackheads, and acne.
The following foods are high in healthy omega-3 fats:
- Herring, Salmon & Mackerel
- Cod Liver Oil
- Anchovies & Sardines
Sugary Foods Reduce Elasticity
No one would expect you to never eat so much as one chocolate from the box or a couple of biscuits with your lunchtime coffee, but if you are interested in taking positive action to try and improve the overall appearance of your skin, then cutting back on your sugar intake is a great place to start.
Not only do foods that are high in sugar serve to reduce the general elasticity of your skin across your body, but there have also been several recent studies claiming to have discovered a link between sugar and acne breakouts.
Cutting down your sugar intake is also one of the most proactive ways to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and if you do have any concerns regarding your sugar consumption or diabetes risk, be sure to contact the NHS-qualified doctors at tapgp.co.uk.
Antioxidants & Your Skin
Those people who are careful to consume (every single day) foods that are high in antioxidants and reduce the level of refined carbohydrates they eat will be able to see for themselves the real difference the right foods can make to your skin.
Seeds and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and peanuts, as well as flax and chia seeds, can help a great deal with improving that aspirational ‘glow’ to your face as well as improve texture.
Protein is an essential component in food that helps to build the volume of collagen and the level of elastin in the skin across your body, and as previously mentioned, oily fish such as salmon and mackerel makes for the perfect meal to ensure this happens. Oily fish also helps to reduce swelling and inflammation of the skin too.
Finally, fruit and vegetables are perhaps the simplest yet most effective of all in providing the largest organ in your body with the correct level of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs for healthy, glowing, and radiant skin.