When you’re eating healthy foods, you feel better. People who don’t pay attention to their diet and fitness don’t understand it, but it’s true. You have more energy, you feel stronger, and yes, you look better too.
Research has shown that your diet can have a direct impact on your skin. It affects hormone levels so when you’re eating right, you have fewer acne breakouts. Eating the right foods can lower inflammation, and that has a direct impact on how your skin ages. Eating well is just as important as buying the right moisturizer and cleaning your face every day.
It’s always the first thing on every “good-for-you” list. When it comes to your skin, drinking plenty of water means your skin looks plumper and wrinkles fade.
Not only does water hydrate you, it also replaces other things that are bad for you, like drinks that contain sugar.
When your blood sugar level is high, the sugar attaches to the proteins in collagen. This makes the skin sag so drink up!
Greek yogurt is high in protein, and protein makes your skin firmer and gets rid of fine lines.
Antioxidant is the magic word in skin care. They fight lines and deliver moisture. Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidant polyphenols. They fight free radicals and regulate blood flow, giving your skin that glow we all want. If you can’t find the fresh fruit, drink a glass of organic 100% pomegranate juice a day. Just read the label to be sure the juice has no added sugars.
4. Kidney Beans
You probably don’t associate beans with good skin, but the zinc in kidney beans fights acne. Eating a small portion of zinc-rich food like kidney beans each day will help keep you blemish free.
5. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E, which protects your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
Eating a bowl of steel cut oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to keep your blood sugar level stable. The higher your blood sugar levels are, the more harmful hormones your body makes, and these can give you more wrinkles.
7. Green Tea
If you struggle with redness, then green tea is an easy answer. It is very high in an antioxidant called EGCG which fights inflammation. All it takes is one cup a day to make a real difference.
8. Peppers and Carrots
Actually, all yellow or orange vegetables have high levels of carotenoids. These are antioxidants that lower the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, and that means fewer crow’s feet.
Always a favorite on any good-for-you list, dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao is great for hydrating skin and making it firmer. It also contains flavanols, which are another powerful antioxidant.
10. Almond Milk
If you want to cut inflammation, replace dairy with this yummy non-dairy milk in your coffee and recipes.
And speaking of coffee, I stick to one cup a day but always make sure it’s SlimROAST!