The old adage “you are what you eat” not only applies to our overall health and nutrition but how our skin looks and feels as well. As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the same nutrition we get from foods that have a positive effect on our heart and other major organs. In fact, new research suggests that eating foods rich in protein and certain vitamins and minerals might provide valuable anti-aging effects.
Food Choices Can Have an Impact on Skin Health. “While there’s no mistaking how our diet affects our overall health, we’re just beginning to understand how certain foods—or lack thereof—can impact our skin’s health,” said Dr. Taylor. “In addition, studies show that some food and beverages can even worsen common skin conditions and cause allergic reactions that manifest on the skin.”( Given in Your Diet & Healthy Skin – WebMD)
Skin is built from the inside out. Day to day and year to year, skin draws its healthy glow from good nutrition. Even though acne and wrinkles have different causes, and occur at different times in your life, nutrition can help minimize or prevent both of these problems and enhance your skin’s natural beauty.
Now that you understand the basics of skin health, the best thing you can do is to start a skin-healthy diet today! By eating the right foods you can begin to minimize, and even prevent common skin problems.
Research on the best foods for healthy skin is limited. Still, antioxidant-rich foods seem to have a protective effect for the skin.
Consider these skin-friendly foods:
- Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
- Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
- Beans, peas, and lentils
- Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish
On the flip side, some foods seem to be associated with skin damage. For example, some research suggests that a diet high in processed or refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats promote skin aging.
Remember, many of the best foods for healthy skin also promote good health overall. Rather than focusing on specific foods for healthy skin, concentrate on a healthy diet in general. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Include nuts, seeds, and beans in your favorite meals. Opt for whole-grain pieces of bread and pasta. Limit sweets. Strive for variety as you’re making healthy choices.