One of the benefits of upgrading your nutrition is the positive affects it has on our skin.
One of the key signs of ageing is the condition of our skin. We all want to look younger and the condition of our skin (ideally clear and smooth) helps to achieve this. It is also an excellent indicator of our body’s health and is greatly affected by our nutritional status. The food we consume plays a vital role in every stage of skin development and maintenance and we literally are what we eat. The good news is that we can eat our way to glowing healthy skin.
Some of my top tips are.
1) Ditch sugar
Refined sugar has to no place in our diets! As well as adding inches to our waistlines, it plays havoc with the addiction centre of our brains and it causes wrinkles. Try adding spices like coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom to naturally flavour foods and reduce the craving to add sugar. Stick with it, sugar cravings DO pass.
2) Healthy (Monounsaturated And Polyunsaturated) Fats
Found in avocados, oily fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil, they provide essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple. These fats also come with the added bonus of a healthy dose of vitamin E (a vitamin in which many of us are deficient), which will help protect against free radical damage.
3) Bulk Up On Leafy Green Vegetables
Packed with polyphenols, the most abundant antioxidants in the diet and found in vegatebles, Also packed with fibre and iron, they aid digestion and support healthy circulation and beautiful skin.
4) Top Up Your Zinc
Zinc, found in spinach, kidney beans flax and pumpkin seeds, salmon, garlic, turkey, chickpeas and oysters, helps transport Vitamin A to our cells. Vitamin A has wonderful skin healing properties.
Our bodies are made up of roughly 75% water so proper hydration is vital. It transports essential nutrients to all the cells in our bodies, plumps the skin and curbs our appetitie. So, sip slowly and regularly through the day.
Finally, to give your skin its best chance to glow, try reducing alcohol, caffeine, chemical additives, saturated fat and smoking. Use a gentle oil based cleanser and water, no soap and wear sunscreen.