Eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains can improve the texture and tone of your skin, protect skin from sun damage, hydrate your skin and reduce wrinkles. Here are some foods that are particularly good food for skin.
Antioxidants prevent oxidative damage to skin cells done by free radicals that cause skin to show signs of aging and help boost the immune system. Antioxidants that are especially good for skin include beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A, vitamin C and E. Foods high in antioxidants include:
- Fresh and dried fruits, especially berries
- Sprouted greens
- Green tea
- Sweet Potatoes
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Essential Fatty Acid Foods
The more elasticity your skin has the younger it looks. Foods rich in essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6 help keep your skin elastic rather than saggy. For healthy looking skin you need to get 3 to 4 times more omega 3 fatty acids in your diet than omega 6 fatty acids. Most Americans eat diets that give them the reverse with as much as 10 to 20 times more omega 6 than omega 3. Foods that have the right balance of omega 3 and omega 6 include:
- Fish such as wild salmon, sardines and tuna
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- AFA blue green algae
- Seeds and nuts such as walnuts
- Flax seeds and flax oil
- Olive oil
The dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and swiss chard have the added bonus of possibly reducing skin cancer and those with vitamin K can help in prevention of varicose veins by strengthening blood vessels.
Probiotics are the friendly bacteria that live in our guts and help in proper food digestion. But did you know they also play an important role in skin health? Studies have shown that adding foods rich in probiotics to the diet may reduce the incidence of eczema in children by 55% or more. Foods high in probiotics include:
- Most fermented foods
- High quality yogurt (look for low-fat, low-sugar and Greek)
Don't think just because you have neglected your skin health for most of your life that it is too late to start now. Healthy skin can start at any time, any age. Start adding as many of the good food for skin ideas we've listed and if you can't get them all in or can't get enough, then think like an astronaut and supplement your diet with healthy food in capsule form. You might not see results immediately, but give it some time and your face will start showing the improvement in what you're eating.
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