You’re probably very familiar with the old expression “you are what you eat”. However although it’s just an expression there is quite a bit of truth to it, particularly when it comes to skin care. There are plenty of good foods for healthy skin, because your skin is an organ of your body just like any other, and good nutrition affects your skin. The best food for healthy skin is the best food for good health. Your skin is simply a reflection of your overall health. If you’re unhealthy your skin will probably be unhealthy as well. It’s hard to be unhealthy on the inside and expect to have healthy glowing skin on the outside.
Follow this recipe and, over time, you will get healthier and your skin will also get healthier. Eat healthy food for healthy skin and a healthy body. Here it is my recipe for good health and good skin.There are many natural healing approaches to sensitive or unhealthy skin care that involve modifying your diet, which in many cases can help reduce or eliminate your symptoms AND improve the health of your whole body!
- Restrict your intake of salt, sugar and saturated fat.
- Avoid sugar and alcohol which deplete the immune system and create inflammation in the body. These are never helpful when you have skin problems!
- Increase your level of exercise to the point where you are getting noticeably fitter.
- Don’t smoke or if you do smoke stop now.
- Avoid the damaging UV rays of the sun. Sunburn, and even just excess UV exposure over time, ages your skin prematurely and is just as bad as smoking is for bad skin.
- Take a high quality Omega 3 supplement containing lycopene, daily. Lycopene helps increase your skin’s natural sunburn protection and also helps reverse sun damage to your skin. Lycopene can be found in the best format in cooked tomato products. Omega 3 fats are very good for your skin. Good Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in organic, cold pressed oils and fish. Walnuts, flax seeds and salmon are good sources and or supplement.
- Commit to using high quality natural skin care products daily. (The best natural skin care products really do work better).
- Filter your drinking water and your shower and bath water, to avoid absorbing the chlorine. Believe it or not, for some people, this completely clears up their skin problems!
- Increase your intake of raw vegetables and fruits, or supplement your diet with enzymes to reduce inflammation and improve digestion. If eating raw veggies isn’t very appealing, try juicing or making green smoothies … blender drinks with water, 60% fruit and 40% fresh greens. These are delicious!
- Consider supplementing your diet with probiotics (friendly bacteria) to improve digestion and elimination, or with foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut which contain beneficial bacteria.
There’s no magic to it. You need to eat healthier to get healthier and once you get healthier your skin will follow.