By Sarah Jenks
We have all heard “You are what you eat,” but few of us actually heed that advice. But what we eat is literally what our bodies use to grow since food is absorbed into our bloodstream and used for cell creation, the building blocks for our organs. And, as you may know, skin is the biggest organ we have. See where we’re going with this?
Skin cells, though, are not only created by the food you put into your body, they are also responsible for eliminating extra toxins. When the liver and colon are exhausted from detoxifying our systems, it is our skin excretes all the nasty stuff we have left over. Naturally, the more nasty stuff in your system, the more mucky, zitty and wrinkly your skin will be.
Would you ever rub a donut on your face? Neither would we! But, in reality, eating one may not be all that different.
For healthy skin that glows, it’s important not only to take care of your skin with the proper cleansers and moisturizers, but also to work from the inside out. With these 5 quick tips, you can fortify your skin’s health, help rebuild previous damage and prevent a toxin overload.
5 important things to consider when eating for your skin:
Avoid Packaged Foods: All foods that come in packages contain chemicals and preservatives to increase the food’s shelf life. These toxins cannot be used to fuel your body, so they are stored in your liver and released through your skin, which can lead to acne-prone, dry and dull skin.
Eliminate Effectively: This might get a little personal, but it is very important to eliminate regularly. If you don’t, toxins get backed up in your colon and are released through your skin. Stay regular by eating lots of soluble fiber (the best source is oatmeal) and drinking plenty of filtered water.
Enjoy Anti-Oxidant Rich Foods: Anti-oxidants fight free radicals, which are produced in our bodies from chemicals, pollution, sun, and stress. Free radicals damage skin cells, causing our faces to look crinkly and sallow. While anti-oxidants have become a big trend, even in packaged foods, beware of foods that say “Now with anti-oxidants!” and instead opt for foods that are naturally rich in anti-oxidants (like berries, broccoli, kale, hazelnuts, citrus fruits, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes), for a healthier and more effective option.
Eat Essential Fatty Acids: Essential fatty acids are monounsaturated “healthy fats,” which boast of countless health benefits including their ability to help moisturize the skin from within, keeping our skin moist and springy. Some of the best sources of Essential Fatty Acids are avocados, wild caught salmon, flaxseed oil, olive oil and walnuts.
Get Enough Zinc: Zinc (found in wild caught Seafood, organic red meat, whole grains, mushrooms, eggs and nuts) not only helps to build collagen and to quicken our bodies’ ability to heal, but also help prevent stretch marks, a dull complexion and zits.
So, the next time you’re tempted by junk food, ask yourself if you’d rub it on your face. If not, it’s probably not a good choice; although we’re not sure salmon is high on our “want to rub on face” list either.