Skin and diet go hand in hand. Skin, after all, is an organ, and our body uses it to release toxins. So when you are not fueling your body with the right foods it can show up on your skin causing inflammation and acne.
I recently had one of the worst breakouts of all time. I had been a little stressed out and the fact that I stress out doesn’t help my acne-prone skin. I went to my dermatologist who prescribed me oral acne medication. I was a little hesitant to take the oral medication since she mentioned that it can cause birth defects if I were to become pregnant. That should have been a huge no no but none the less I went on to take it thinking I would be okay. The first week my skin broke out even worst than it was… It was dry and itchy and the second week it became even worst the third week I decided to go off the medication because I had read about all the horrible side effects it caused. Ultimately, I think it’s about finding a treatment that works for you. I spoke to my friend from the UK who has suffered with similar breakouts and she told me that she prefers to use natural remedies like CBD oil to treat her acne. If natural remedies interest you, feel free to check out the best cbd oil uk for more information. As for me, I wanted to take a holistic approach to clearing my skin and feed my body all the right things… I noticed that I wasn’t eating as healthy as I normally do and decided to make a change to my diet. Since processed foods can zap luster from our skin I wanted to make meals that were high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals so that I would illuminate my skin from within. Here are some of the foods that I have been eating to help boost the clarity of my skin.
Dark Leafy Greens
Dark greens like kale and spinach have an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, they also contain a good amount of calcium. You can toss it in a salad raw or sauté it with a little coconut oil which will get your skin glowing in no time.
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Pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamin E, zinc, omega 3- and 6- fatty acids as well as antioxidants, the have incredible benefits for the skin in terms of retaining moisture, fighting free radicals and maintaining a youthful appearance. The high amounts of zinc and vitamin E also improve your skin tone, they help heal wounds, fight acne and help with skin renewal. I love packing these seeds to snack on throughout the day or sprinkling them on salads.
Berries are high in antioxidants. If you really need the miracle of antioxidants like I do, pick up some blueberries and goji berries. Adding just half a cup a day can help reduce signs of aging, as well as prevent aging on your skin from occurring. Other kinds of berries are wonderful for your skin and body as well, so don’t leave them out. I love adding berries to my breakfast in the morning.
Turmeric is an Indian curry spice that has been used for centuries to help heal inflammations. It enhances the liver’s ability to eliminate toxins which can show up on the skin if not properly digested. Not only does turmeric take care of scars and inflammation but it also reduces oil secretion in the sebaceous glands which tend to get clogged and causes breakouts. Make a turmeric scrub just add a few drops of water and lemon juice to turmeric powder. Apply the paste on the acne affected area and leave it for about 15 minutes. Gently scrub it off your face with lukewarm water. I even juice turmeric root with carrots, lemon, and and orange to give it a little flavor.
Tea, is naturally rich in antioxidants and low in sugar. Match Green Tea has high chlorophyll levels which have anti-inflammatory properties and rich in Chlorophyll, which is know to calm red and irritated skin. Antioxidants like mentioned before can assist in UV protection and have anti-aging properties. Try it as a brewed tea or you can even give yourself a green tea steam facial and fill up a bowl of fresh boiled water, add an organic green tea bag to the water, place your head over the bowl and cover with a large towel… let the steam layer on your face for a few minutes to open your pores.
Nuts such as Walnuts are great sources of potassium, omega-3 and 6- fatty acids. All these ingredients strengthen the hair follicles and even prevent balding. I love adding walnuts nuts to a smoothie with cinnamon, bananas and almond milk.
Those are just of the few of the beauty foods I’ve been incorporating into my diet. I also like to make sure that I can eat organic produce whenever it is available to me. There are a lot of pesticides that are harmful and can disrupt our hormones. In order to know if a product is organic, you can check the label. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established an organic certification program that requires all organic foods to meet strict government standards. These standards regulate how such foods are grown, handled and processed. So if the food has a USDA Organic label, it means it’s produced and processed according to the USDA standards. You can also grow your own herbs, fruits, and vegetables to insure that you’re getting healthy organic produce. I’ll also be pinning some amazing healthy food recipes on Pinterest. Let me know if you know any foods that have amazing healthy and beauty benefits, sound off in the comment box below!