Foods You Must Eat For Your Best Skin Ever (and What to Avoid)

May 31, 2017

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Beauty begins in your gut.  If you eat the right foods and avoid harmful ones, your hair, skin, and nails will show it. Because healthy skin is well fed skin.  The best foods for healthy skin is hydrating, inflammation fighting, and loaded with antioxidants.  Try incorporating as many of these skin healthy foods into your meals as possible.

8 Foods For Heathy Skin

Cruciferous Vegetables

These include broccoli, kale, and brussel sprouts which are all amazing for your skin.  They have sulfur containing compounds which fight inflammation, clarify your complexion, detoxify the body, and are loaded with antioxidants.

Cucumber

Contains vitamins B and C, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  Cucumbers are both hydrating and anti-aging.

Seaweed

Rich in B vitamins and iron, seaweed helps with healthy blood flow to give you radiant skin.  Add nutrient rich, spirulina to smoothies and salads.

Carrots

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body and helps with the skin repair mechanism.  Promotes both bright skin and healthy eyes.

Probiotic Rich Foods

They support healthy bacteria in the gut to keep your digestion in check and helps ensure optimal nutrients are delivered to the skin.

Wild Salmon

An excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids which are responsible for the health of cell membranes.  Healthy cell membranes influences the cell’s ability to hold water which leads to softer, wrinkle free skin.

Lemon

Loaded with vitamin C and shown to support skin collagen.  Lemon is an simple and delicious way to add flavor to water, salads, and most any dish.

Turmeric

This anti-inflammatory superfood will help fight breakouts.  Try one of these delicious Turmeric Recipes.

8 Foods To Avoid For Beautiful Skin

All the wild salmon in the world won’t give you beautiful, clear, lit from within skin if you don’t cut back on some of the worst skin offenders.  Foods that are harmful to your skin include anything that causes inflammation, irritation, and dehydration.

Sugar

Sugar causes a spike in blood glucose which can aid in the formation of wrinkles.  Try to eliminate added sugar from your diet.  Check labels and look for hidden sources.  You would be surprised that sugar is often added to foods like hummus and nut butters.

Dairy

Dairy contains compounds related to testosterone that can stimulate oil production creating an ideal environment for acne to pop up.

Shellfish

Shrimp, crab, and lobster are high in iodine.  A diet high in iodine can cause acne.  To minimize effects, limit your shellfish intake to once or twice a month if you are especially acne prone.

Processed Food

During processing, packaged food loses precious enzymes and nutrients.  Many processed food are essentially devoid of nutrients resulting in nothing to support a glowing complexion.

Salt

Too much salt can cause your body to retain water, leading to puffy eyes.

Excess Caffeine

Too much caffeine can cause a stress response in the body.  Increased cortisol (the stress hormone) can accelerate aging and damage the skin.  Caffeine is also a natural diuretic which can dehydrate the skin.  To limit negative effects, try to limit yourself to two caffeinated beverages a day.  Try swapping your standard morning coffee for a Bulletproof Coffee.  It will provide steady energy making it less likely you will need that second or third cup.

Alcohol

A natural diuretic, alcohol dehydrates you and your skin.

Fried Food

Cooked in very hot oil containing oxidized fats, fried foods are loaded with oxidants.  Oxidants can cause free radicals which damage DNA and lead to premature aging.

To truly get the best skin of your life, try an elimination diet such as Whole30 (check out my meal plans here, here, and here) to see what foods effect your unique skin positively and negatively.  Consider switching to all natural beauty products.  Some chemicals found in conventional beauty products can irritate the skin.

 

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