You are what you eat, and that rule applies to your skin!
Nutrients in your food can help with cell production, cell turnover and fight off damage from the sun, stress, and pollution.
Here are some healthy skin habits you should try!
Drink lots of water: When your body becomes dehydrated even a little bit, it cannot function optimally. When dry, the skin will become dull or flaky.
Antioxidants: These serve as the body’s best defense against damage and inflammation. Sources of antioxidants include kale, artichokes, beans, spinach, blueberries, pomegranate, nuts, seeds, and green tea.
Sunlight in small doses is good for the skin and helps the body produce vitamin D. However, too much sun will damage the skin, leading to premature aging, wrinkles, and sunspots. Wearing sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses in the sun are all great ways to protect your skin for prolonged periods of exposure.
Choose the right products: About 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream in under 30 seconds! This means that the products we choose to use can significantly impact our health and skin. Unfortunately, many skincare and makeup companies use harsh chemicals in their products, so it is essential to read and research the ingredients.
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Healthy Fats: For youthful, glowing skin, try incorporating more healthy fats into your diet. Essential fatty acids are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. Healthy fats also help regulate the skin’s oil production, so the skin stays glowy and moisturized instead of too oily or dry.
Sources of healthy fats include salmon, nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut, and high-quality oils.
Stress: High levels of stress lead to the release of the hormone cortisol, which contributes to breakouts and other skin sensitivities. Incorporating activities like yoga, meditation, running, and other forms of exercise can help mitigate stress levels. Foods that can help regulate the stress response are herbal teas, kale, swiss chard, nuts, seeds, and avocado.
Sleep: Your skin repairs itself when you sleep, making it a significant factor in healthy skin. Think about how many hours you are sleeping and the quality of sleep you are getting.
Tips for a better night’s sleep include drinking herbal (caffeine-free) teas and not eating right before going to bed.
Refined Sugar: Overeating sugar and processed foods trigger the body’s inflammatory response, aggravating acne, eczema, and other skin problems. Some foods to help curb sugar cravings are mineral salt, nuts and seeds, berries, coconut, dark leafy greens, and eggs.
Do you or someone who you experience skin issues? Call us today; we can help!
At Nutritional Wellness Center, we work to determine skin issues’ root cause through Nutrition Response Testing® and dietary changes. We are here to help you design a program for a healthy life!