Top 5 Foods For Healthy Skin
Guest post by Bobby Thomas
Unless you are extremely lucky and have been blessed with flawless skin, congratulations if you have, otherwise you know that it takes a lot of work to get that smooth, clear skin. While using skin care products that work with your skin can help you get closer to your goal of clear skin, for most the diet will also need a bit of work. Before I go any further I want to say that I do need to believe in restrictive diets. I believe that your diet should be something that you enjoy because if your diet is causing you stress, that stress is doing much more damage to your skin than any food could. Anyway now that’s out of the way let’s move onto the good stuff, what foods you can add into your diet that will help create healthy, glowing skin.
The blueberry is mentioned in nearly all posts on foods for the skin, and for good reason to, this low profile fruit is amazing for the skin. It contains antioxidants, helps keeps insulin and blood sugar levels stable, and has non-inflammatory properties. If I could only eat one fruit, the blueberry would definitely be my choice.
If you are looking for a healthy source of fat, look no further than the avocado. This fruit contains mostly monounsaturated fats, which when eaten in moderation can have great health benefits. I recommend eating half an avocado a day, especially if you have dry skin. Not only will this give you a good source of healthy fats, it will also have an inflammatory effect and can lower cholesterol. Plus, this is something I have done with good results, with the other half of the avocado I mash it up and rub it over my skin. This works great because the oils in the avocado are very similar to the oils of the skin. If you have dry skin I highly recommend you give this a try.
I believe all salads should contain the wonderful sunflower seeds, especially if you want to speed up the healing process of acne scars. These seeds contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that can help diminish scars, as well as slow down the aging process of the skin. However because they contain Omega 6 which is pro inflammatory I would not go to wild and eat 3-4 handfuls a day, try and keep it to a few each day and you should be fine.
The Kale is a member of the cabbage family, which may surprise many people as it looks much more like lettuce.This green has a balance of omega 3 and omega 6 ratio, something which is lacking in most people’s diet. Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory properties and will also nourish the skin from the inside out. Kale also contains vitamin A and C, plus other vitamins and minerals that have beneficial effects on the skin.
One of the most powerful things you can do as far as your diet goes for healthy skin is drinking green smoothies daily. While many are put off by the color of the green smoothie, they do not actually taste that bad at all once you add in the fruit. The reason green smoothies have amazing health benefits is that the foods are broken up which makes it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients from them. I will not go into smoothie recipes now, but all the foods mentioned above make a great smoothie for the skin. These are the top 5 foods that I have added into my diet and seen great results from in terms of not only my skin health but my overall health also.
Bobby Thomas shares everything that works for him in his goal towards clear skin over at http://addictedskincare.com/. He also hosts new healthy habits challenge each month which you can find out more about here http://addictedskincare.com/healthy-habits-challenge
Questions: What foods do you recommend to improve your skin? What foods do you avoid?