We want to share with you the 10 best foods for good skin. When the subject of skin is talked about many people only think of the skin on our face, which is understandable as that is the part of our body that is always on show. But did you know that your skin is the largest organ of the body? When it comes to our skin we often try to improve the health and look of it and even try to rewind time. It must be noted that, because our skin is an organ, we must look after the skin all over our body, not just our faces in order for it to be truly healthy and get that glow that we all want.
10 Best Foods for Healthy Skin
When it comes to our health and improving our appearance, whether it be for aesthetic or medical reasons, food is the best healthcare there is. Below are the 10 best foods for good skin which will also improve your health along the way.
These foods are not ranked according to importance but it’s fitting that blueberries are first on the list. This low profile berry was ranked number one for its antioxidant properties by the U.S Department of Agriculture compared to 40 other fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants protect the skin from cellular damage caused by free radicals, such as pollution, sunlight etc. They also help fight against premature aging. They are a great addition to most breakfasts and work really well in smoothies.
2. Fatty fish
Don’t be fooled by the title, when we say fatty fish, we mean good fats. Fats that your body need in order to function. Fatty fish that work wonders for your skin are wild salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and trout. Ideally these fish should be wild, not farm raised. These fish are loaded with omega-3 fatty (good fats…remember) acids. These fatty acids help keep your skin supple, moisturised and youthful. Also, the vitamin D found in these fish help protect your skin from sun exposure. Fish is a great all-rounder, it improves heart health, is a great source of lean protein and improves our appearance from hair, nails and skin.
3. Olive Oil
When it comes to oil, the majority of people don’t realise that there is a difference between the types of oil on the market. Truth be told, the differences between varying oils can be enormous. Olive oil out performs most other oils when it comes to its health benefits. According to a medical study, women who consumed 2 tablespoons or more of olive oil a day experienced 31% fewer signs of aging compared to those who only had 1 tablespoon a day.
There is one thing that causes the most damage to our skin yet we all crave it. That’s right, the sun. Believe it or not there are things you can do to protect your skin from the sun in addition to applying sun screen. Tomatoes are a secret weapon when it comes to your skin. They are full of an antioxidant called lycopene, which boosts our natural SPF. Surprisingly, tomatoes are best for the skin when they are cooked or processed as this makes the absorption of lycopene easier. So next time you are at the grocery store stock up on canned tomatoes and tomato juice.
No matter what ailment you are trying to cure or if you’re looking to improve how you look and feel, nuts are always on the list of foods to eat. This says it all, doesn’t it? When it comes to your skin, walnuts have been proven to be the most beneficial. They are the only nuts that contain a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. They hydrate and smooth the skin. Walnuts are a great alternative for vegetarians who are lacking in these fatty acids and vitamins.
This little fuzzy fruit has a lot more to offer than its refreshing taste and exotic look. Kiwis are packed with Vitamin C. One medium kiwi satisfies your entire recommended daily need of vitamin C. This vitamin stimulates collagen production which keeps the skin firm, taught and smoothes fine lines. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a diet that is rich in vitamin C slows down the appearance of wrinkles.
Kale is great for the skin, in that it is high in nutrients that neutralize free radicals such as UV light, which we are all exposed to from sunlight. Kale is also bursting with vitamin C which is essential for a strong immune system and helps keep our skin firm and tight.
Okay, so technically water isn’t a food, but when it comes to skin, it is too important to leave out. As expected, water hydrates the skin. Being hydrated is what makes our skin appear plump, clear and fresh. What you put on the inside, you wear on the outside and sometimes we eat things that we know won’t do us any good, but there is a way to get these toxins out of your system quicker. By drinking plenty of water, you are helping your body flush out unwanted toxins and replenishing it with what it needs. Water is our skins drink of choice, so make sure to keep it topped up.
Yes, coffee isn’t food either, but you’ll be surprised by what it does for your skin. As well as giving you a boost in the morning, coffee also perks up the skin. Coffee is great for controlling puffiness. Caffeine reduces redness in the skin and is a potent anti-inflammatory, this is why it is included in nearly all eye creams. In addition to improving the appearance of your skin, coffee is also a great preventer of many diseases such as skin cancer. According to the European Journal of Cancer Prevention those who drink coffee everyday reduced their chances of skin cancer by 11% and those who drink 6 cups a day slashed the risk by 30%. I bet you’re glad we included coffee in this list now, aren’t you?
10. Dark chocolate
We saved the best for last. People usually try and hide their chocolate stash, but as long as it’s dark chocolate, its ok with us and there is no need to hide it. In fact, we recommend having some dark chocolate at hand. Dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao is extremely rich in antioxidants and improves circulation. Who knew chocolate could be good for you?
Above are 10 foods that if incorporated into a balanced and healthy diet can work wonders for your skin. If you have any queries about the Motivation Weight Management programme or have questions about adding these foods to your diet, please contact your local clinic.