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What to Eat for Healthy Skin

What to Eat for Healthy Skin

Attention ladies and gentlemen: the secret to healthy skin has arrived.

While it may come as a surprise to some, but the secret to healthy skin is actually very simple. It all comes down to what you do and do not eat.

Thankfully, there’s a ton of good food you can eat to get your skin in tip-top shape:

Vitamin A: Vitamin A plays a role in maintaining the numerous cell types that contribute to skin tissue. It can also slow down your skin’s aging process.

Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and plums: There’s one thing that these four fruits have in common. They are all high in antioxidants. They help protect against skin damage and can also make your skin look younger.

Salmon, walnuts, canola oil and flax seeds: These all contain omega-3s, which are not only a good source of healthy fat for your body, they also deliver essential fatty acids to your skin. This helps keep the bad things out. The stronger the barrier, the better your cells can hold moisture and give you the plumper, younger looking skin you desire.

Healthy oils: This refers to healthy oils like Olive Oil or Canola Oil. Use about two tablespoons per day in whatever you’re cooking. We wouldn’t recommend slathering two tablespoons of oil on your face! These oils will help keep skin lubricated, which makes your skin look and feel better too.

Whole-wheat bread, muffins and cereals; turkey, tuna and Brazil nuts: These all contain the mineral, selenium. Selenium will help the skin because its antioxidants will help protect the skin cells from potential damage.

Green tea: Green tea also contains antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It can also reduce the risk of UV light damage as well.

Water: If you’ve heard your mother tell you to drink eight glasses of water a day, it’s true because she was on to something. Water is vital. It flushes out bad toxins while bringing good nutrients in.

Chocolate: The cocoa in chocolate will help hydrate your skin, and make it more firm and supple. Dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant. When applied topically, chocolate may also temporarily reduce puffiness.

Pomegranates: Pomegranates contain polyphenol antioxidants, which regulate the blood flow, giving skin its natural rosy complexion.

Peppers: Crows feet be gone! Peppers are actually said to help fight crow’s feet.

Sunflower seeds: These tasty treats contain Vitamin-E, which helps protect the skin’s top layer from sun damage. Sunflowers also contain essential fatty acids that help treat dry, parched skin.

Soy: Soy beans help reduce hyper-pigmentation—darkening of the skin.

Now that you know what you should eat for healthy, gorgeous looking skin, you’re probably wondering what foods you should stay away from.

White bread, cake, pasta, sugar and white rice: If you’re trying to eat healthy, you wouldn’t eat these foods any way. If they’re not good enough for your body, what makes you think they’re good enough for your skin?

Salt: Salt is bad for your skin because it causes tissues to swell and may also make your face seem puffy or unhealthy. Too much sodium is also bad for your body so you shouldn’t be consuming more than the USDA recommendation of 2500mg per day any way.

Candy: Candy is loaded with sugar, which causes wrinkles and dull skin. It also makes you crash throughout the middle of the day. No good.

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