Here at NLT, we can never reiterate enough how important it is to keep your skin healthy and happy from the inside. Nutrition is an important component of our skincare regimen- one that is most often overlooked and sadly so. In the interest of promoting a healthy route to the glowing skin that we inevitably covet and ousting all the ‘unhealthy’ shortcuts we take to get that glowing skin, we are rolling out a definitive list of essentials you need to include in your diet to get the glow that can blow ’em all away.
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Diet for glowing skin
So, the next time you wish to wear that radiant beauty everywhere, don’t head toward the drugstore- instead, go shopping for grocery, you shall be surprised how many items on the shelves shall veer you toward a skin ailment-free glowing skin in no time. If you don’t believe me, take a look:
When your body has a deficit of Vitamin A, it starts to produce excessive amounts of lipids that result in clogged pores and acne breakout. In order to prevent this from happening, include carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupes and squash in your diet. The idea is to include such foods as are rich in beta-carotene, as this gets readily converted into Vitamin A when digested.
Fiber-laden foods not only help in bolstering the body’s immunity but also help to flush out toxins and fight skin infections. If you are looking for the best fiber foods to include in your diet, you must opt for whole grains and legumes. A bevy of fruits such as raspberries and blackberries are great sources as well.
Consuming foods that contain optimal levels of vitamin C can help clear up your skin and eliminate unwanted toxins. Kale, broccoli, strawberries and raspberries are healthy options to avail the vitamin and may do good to sit on your next grocery shopping list.
If your skin is prone to dryness and rough patches, you may want to include omega 3 rich foods in your diet. These help to hydrate your skin and help it retain moisture so that your skin looks smooth, moisturized and healthy. Salmon, flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts are all great sources of omega 3 fatty acids.
Consuming foods laden in selenium can help improve the tenacity of the skin (think firm, gorgeous youthful skin) and also prevent any inflammations and irritations. Superfood quinoa, brown rice, Brazil nuts and wheat bread are all great options to load up on desired amounts of selenium. If you’re a seafood aficionado, oysters, mussels and tuna are great options, too.
As a natural anti-inflammatory agent known to fight bacteria that causes acne, zinc not only prevents bad breakouts but also helps to heal damaged skin. While too much zinc can be toxic, it is recommended that you get optimal levels through food. Lean red meat, oysters, kidney beans and lentils are all great sources to avail the body’s requisite amounts of zinc.
Foods like spinach, artichokes, almonds and halibut are all chock-full of magnesium and their regular consumption can help keep skin breakouts under control. These foods work by preventing inflammation, thereby combating existent acne issues as well as preventing further aggravation.
Often undermined, silica is an important mineral that bolsters the skin’s elasticity and helps keep its moisture retentive properties intact. Found in a bevy of food sources such as bananas, high bran cereals, raisins and even beer (in moderation, of course), silica is one of the easiest elements to include in your diet, if only you know where to look!
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But of course. Do not forget to down those eight glasses of water per day. It may sound like such a basic thing, but you don’t need us to reiterate on how water can actually help keep your skin hydrated and prevent acne outbreaks. Not only does water help to flush out unwanted toxins from your system, it also normalizes the pH of your skin. Aside from drinking water, you can also amp your intake with foods with high water content like watermelons, cucumbers and grapes.
See? The diet for glowing skin is not that hard to follow. Are you sure you are taking the ‘healthy’ route to glowing skin? Do tell us how. There’s a comments section right below.
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