11 Of The Best Skin Clearing Foods

Saturday, February 13, 2016

You are what you eat! Literally….

Everyone wants vibrant, glowing, fabulous, younger looking skin. However, your skin is a representation of what you are eating these days! The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will appear.

Here are some super foods to leave your skin in good health:

Water
Clear skin starts from within, and one of the best and most cost efficient cheapest ways to get there is to help your body flush out toxins by drink plenty of water. Not only will increasing your fluid levels aid in  keeping your brain fully functional and therefore better able to cope with stress, but it also replenishes water in the cells of your body. Make sure you drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, and drink more after exercise.

Dark Berries
Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries…. are jam-packed with skin clearing antioxidants, as well as fibre too. These berries are great for staving off hunger pains and regulating insulin production.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C. That helps with keeping the skin firm and taut by aiding collagen production. They also contain lycopene  (the red pigment which not only gives them their bright red color, but also stimulates skin circulation).

Red Grapes
It is thought that red grapes – and their seeds – contain powerful natural chemicals and antioxidants that have been shown to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema. As a natural antihistamine, grapes can also help to control the side effects of allergic reactions. Try popping a few washed grapes (with seeds) into a fresh salad, or enjoy a handful as part of a healthy snack between meals.

Beetroot
They might stain your fingers, but the skin-clearing properties of beetroots are well worth the effort. The purple roots are particularly high in vitamin A, as well as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E, which is essential for epidermal health and healing. Combined, these nutrients make a powerful all-round body cleanser, helping to eliminate toxins from the body and lower cholesterol too.

Brown Rice
It has been suggested that steady blood sugar levels and skin health could be linked, so it makes sense to try swapping out processed white carbohydrates for brown, wholegrain, low glycemic index foods like brown rice. A portion a day not only provides a rich source of B vitamins, protein, selenium and magnesium, as well as several antioxidants, but also helps to regulate your sugar levels by releasing energy slowly throughout the day rather than all at once like processed carbs do.

Avocado
This green fruit has been recognized for being a great source of vitamin E, which boosts the skin’s vitality and luminosity. However, it also possesses good quantities of vitamin C, which can be used to reduce skin inflammation, while avocado oil is thought to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, which improves its tone and texture. Eating a regular portion of avocado (half a pear will do!) can also improve the skin’s ability to keep itself moisturized.

Kale
Kale has a full range of vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K, as well as forceful levels of manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, protein, folate and phosphorus This combination helps with clearing skin.

Eggs
Especially the yolks, which are full of skin clearing selenium, zinc and protein, among other vitamins.

Salmon
Salmon and other cold water fish. Also, the high protein it contains can help to speed up the skin’s natural healing process.

Broccoli
Apart from kale, we struggle to think of a vegetable more worthy of the ‘super’ title than broccoli. Antioxidants like vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and K all help to add luminosity to the skin and to revive damaged tissue, while omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and folate support the healing process and aid the proper function of skin cells. Eat raw in a salad or lightly steamed to get the most out of your florets.

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