Friday, May 3, 2013
Best Foods to Eat For Healthy Skin
We've all heard it, the skin is the largest organ of the body. Does that freak you out? For some reason it gives me the heebie jeebies. I don't know, perhaps it just makes me feel really vulnerable and I suppose rightly so. Think about what our skin is exposed to in a day: air pollution, sun, chemicals that we rub into it, dry air, etc. It is a wonder that our skin does all it does to protect our bodies, but there is more we can do to help protect our skin so that our faces and bodies don't look like leather bags.
Now that Spring is upon us it is a great time to repair from the damage done while spending all of those winter months drying out from the hot dry air of heaters. It is time to think about eating to rehydrate. First and foremost you should be drinking water and lots of it. Across the board this is one of the best things you can do for your skin. You can also eat for hydration.Think of foods with a high water content (cucumber, greens, melons, etc). Think juicy!
Healthy fats are amazing for skin. Almonds, avocados, coconut oils, etc. All of these will help deliver a healthy punch of good fats. Seriously, don't freak out when you hear the word fat....your body and brain need it to function and it will help your skin to stay youthful and glowy (it's a word).
Salt and Sugar
This one hurts me more than you realize....cut the sugar AND the salt. Both will leach all of that hard earned water from your system, leaving your skin dry and dull. Now, nobody is saying to cut those things completely --that would be madness I tell you, madness--, but scale it back a bit. Maybe pass on those fries (aka vegan kryptonite) and skip that cookie from time to time. Your skin and your body as a whole will thank you.
Vitamins C, E, and Selenium are known to be great for skin...helping to protect against cancer and helping to block further damage to skin. Think citrus fruits (c), wheat germ (e), nuts and seeds (e), leafy greens (e and c), corn (selenium) wheat (slenium), soy (selenium).
Take a vitamin d supplement instead of hanging out in the sun. Your body does naturally create vitamin d with sun exposure, but sun exposure is terrible for your skin. So, use some vegan sunblock and take a supplement.