Whether you suffer from dry skin, dandruff, acne or psoriasis the look and feel of your skin can make you uncomfortable both physically and mentally. While certain health conditions may be a factor in your less-than-perfect complexion, there are a few vital nutrients that can promote beautiful, glowing and healthy skin.
Drinking water may be the most important factor in healthy skin and flushing out toxins. How much? Aim for 1 ounce per kg of body weight as a good starting point.
Omega/Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
Sources: Olive oil, flax seed oil, nuts, seeds and avocados.
Why? These are necessary to nourish your skin and keep the texture smooth and strong.
Sources: carrots, sweet potato, red bell peppers, dark leafy vegetables, cod liver oil, egg yolks
Why? Anti-aging & prevents acne, blemishes, dry skin, and skin cancer.
Sources: Grass fed beef, turkey, oysters, wild seafood, egg yolks, nuts & seeds (pumpkin seeds*), legumes, whole grains, spinach, carrots, squash
Why? Treats acne and aging skin, speeds wound healing and promotes skin renewal
Sources: Almonds, salmon, avocados, bananas, oats
Why? Strengthens skin (and nails) and is a major component of collagen which keeps skin toned and soft
Sources: Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes), kiwi, red bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach
Why? Increases collagen production, reduces free-radical damage, reduces skin discolorations, anti-aging
Sources: leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli, avocado, egg yolk, cold pressed oils
Why? Anti-inflammatory, speeds wound healing, treats wrinkles topically, reduces free-radical damage, anti-aging
Sources: Eggs, Wild Salmon, Chicken, Hemp Seeds
Why? Getting enough protein is essential to make amino acids used to build and repair skin tissue and promote cellular turnover.
Sources: Whole grains, legumes, vegetables
Why? Helps with elimination of toxins which can affect skin and cause break outs.
In addition, avoiding or limiting common dietary irritants such as sugar and caffeine may help to prevent skin reactions, in turning helping you to achieve healthy glowing skin.