healthy skin through diet

Diet & Good Skin

Yes, it is possible! In fact, diet is one of the most important factors in having young, beautiful looking skin.

It’s really a combination of what you decide to include in your diet, and what you avoid eating. There are foods out there that can literally do wonders for your skin, while other can cause a lot of damage and actually speed of the aging process!

So I’m going to offer up some simple tips to help you get it right. Let’s start by looking at what to avoid…

Foods to Avoid for Healthy Skin

Generally speaking, it’s important to avoid foods that are highly processed, as they often contain chemicals and compounds that are free radicals – molecules that cause cell damage and accelerate aging over time.

This is why you should try very hard to avoid foods with high pesticide use, or those that contain a high pesticide residue. Some of the worst culprits are apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, cucumbers, and potatoes. All non-organic leafy greens should really be avoided, as their higher surface area leads to higher pesticide residue. So whenever you can, choose organic options for these foods first. You’ll reduce the damage to your body, and to your skin, on the cellular level.

Lastly, you need to reduce your intake of processed sugars as well as foods with high levels of fructose. Excessive amounts of sugar in your diet will weaken your immune system over time and lead to increased inflammation. And that’s not a good thing for your skin!

Foods for Beautiful, Healthy Looking Skin

The best way to beat free radicals and to slow down the aging of your skin is to get more antioxidants in your diet. Antioxidants slow down the cell oxidation process, which is a major factor in how your entire body ages. Foods like acai berries and blueberries are very high in antioxidants, and one of the best antioxidants out there is vitamin C. That’s why I recommend a vitamin C supplement like NOW C-1000 for daily support.

Eating organic fruits and vegetables is always your best route, not only in order to avoid chemical residue, but also to get more of the good stuff. Chemicals like pesticides actually reduce a lot of the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables – nutrients that nourish your skin!

The other key ingredient to boost healthy skin is omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a great way to reduce inflammation in your skin, and keep it looking young and healthy. You can supplement daily with an omega-3 supplement like Optimum Fish Oil Softgels or Optimum Flaxseed Oil Softgels, or include more foods high in omega-3s like salmon, avocados, and Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds.

Last but not least, you need to drink more water. Water plays probably the biggest role in the health of your skin, and it’s the best way to keep it moisturized and looking young and beautiful. Get your 8 glasses a day, and include more nutrient rich beverages like VPX Coco Fit Coconut Water in your diet.

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