When your life is full it is so easy to eat on the run. And that usually means refined and processed food. It is accessible with little or no preparation. However, are you aware of how your diet is affecting your skin?

how does diet affect your skin?

When you aren’t eating well it tends to show in your skin. You may experience imbalances, such as breakouts, oiliness, and dehydration. Furthermore, your skin starts to age prematurely emphasising those unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. It loses its glow and healthy look. We all want to look youthful with glowing skin. So no matter how amazing your products are, if your diet isn’t healthy, your skin will not look or feel how you want it to.

Initially, you may need to put some effort into changing your eating habits. And it will be well worth your while in the long run. Anything worthwhile takes time. It is about creating new habits and sticking with them. Take a moment now and look at how your diet is affecting your skin. What jumps out at you immediately.

I am no expert here and I am stating the obvious. However, sometimes we need a timely reminder. And all I am wanting to do is to get you thinking. There is a plethora of information out there. You need to find what suits you best. And if need be speak to a health professional to get sound advice before you start making any dramatic changes.

Easy things to start with:

  • drink lots of water
  • get a good night’s sleep regularly
  • kick start your day with lemon in your warm glass of water
  • regular skin care routine is very important and using a product full of antioxidants
  • quit smoking as this affects your skin dramatically, particularly around the lip area
  • meditate as regularly as possible as it brings nourishing healing energy into your body

foods to consider reducing or leaving out altogether:

  • Sugar. According to dermatologists, sugar has two major effects on skin—it activates inflammation and binds to the collagen to make the skin stiff.
    Stop eating cereal, pop sodas, energy drinks, ice creams, muffins, cakes – all those yummy things that pick you up for a moment and drop you down after a while. This keeps you in the sugar craving cycle
    Read the labels. You will be surprised how much sugar is in tinned vegetables, bread, canned soup, salad dressing and all sorts of items you wouldn’t even have thought of. I know because my partner has to be aware of his sugar intake due to onset diabetes. We were shocked.
  • Unhealthy carbohydrates. Again reduce your cake, bread, refined potato products, etc and also reduce your pasta and white rice intake. It can be so hard at first. Trust that over time you will find substitutes that you will love. As there is only one type of rice we can eat, basmati, we use cauliflower instead from time to time. And the great thing about this is that we don’t feel bloated at the end of our meal giving use more energy and vitality.

Foods to consider introducing more of:

  • Healthy carbohydrates. Introduce more of the healthy ones, such as brown rice, whole-grain pasta, beans, whole wheat bread, whole oats, buckwheat, millet, whole rye, whole-grain barley and whole-grain corn are considered good carbohydrates. These foods are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are beneficial to your health and your skin. Because this is what it is all about.
  • Oats have a natural plant chemical that helps prevent damage to skin cells and soothes skin irritation. As they are a complex carbohydrate they are low-glycemic which means they don’t cause acne and wrinkles like refined food can.
  • Carrot. They are high in beta carotene which is converted by the body to vitamin A. It not only gives your skin a gorgeous glow, but it will also fight wrinkles and give you healthy looking skin.
  • Spinach. I love spinach as it’s loaded with antioxidants, which help reduce the onset of wrinkles. Spinach also helps strengthen skin tissue and because it has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, it helps flush out toxins, giving you clear, balanced and glowing skin.
  • Avocado. I love eating this fruit and using it as an oil on my salads. There is something luxurious about them. And what is wonderful is that they are filled with a healthy monounsaturated fat, which helps your skin stay hydrated. Vary it by also using olive oil, walnuts, macadamia nut oil.
  • Sweet potato. That is the one potato you can eat which totally surprised us considering is called ‘sweet potato. Due to the presence of vitamin C it improves skin tone and heals pimple scars. Further more. it contains a high level of Vitamin A which helps in fighting acne-causing bacteria.
  • Salmon or fish rich in omega 3, as well as flax and chia seeds, walnuts, mackerel, sardines, and eggs.
  • Berries. They have so nutritious as they are high in Vitamin C and in antioxidants that can aid in slowing down the ageing process keeping you looking young naturally.

I could go on and on as I love talking about how to make you feel beautiful by having great skin. However, only you can make the necessary changes. You will reap so many more benefits than you can imagine. Life will change for you as you feel more confident, healthy, full of energy and vitality with a wonderful glow all around you.

An easy way to get started is by having a delicious juice. Here is one

Here is a great juice I have started drinking regularly:

celery stalks
bunch English spinach
handful mint
handful parsley
tbs lemon juice
small Lebanese cucumber
fresh ginger to taste, peeled
some lettuce leaves
add some berries for that extra antioxidant boost
add water to taste

And enjoy.

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