Believe it or not, what you eat actually influences how you feel on the inside and look on the outside. I’m not just talking about your weight here – I’m talking about your skin. Feeding your body tons of nutritious foods leads to happy skin and in turn, a happier you. So what should you eat? Check out the list below for some of the top recommended “skin foods” from the specialists at WebMD.
Water – Water is probably the most important thing you ever put in your body throughout a given day. Having enough water in your system helps everything run smoothly, including your digestion, thought processes, and alertness. Plus, it helps flush (read: pee pee) out all of the toxic byproducts of your normal body processes. This is the part that makes your skin glow, look fresh, and appear more rested. While how much water you drink is constantly in dispute, my general rule of thumb is to drink enough water to keep your pee light yellow.
Omega-3 Rich Foods – This includes foods like salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, and certain types of beans. Eating these foods on a normal basis increases your intake of essential fatty acids, which help your skin remain plump and fresh by holding water into your skin cells. Omega-3s also act was an anti-inflammatory agent, which can improve the blood flow to your face, making you glow.
Selenium–Rich Foods – Studies have shown the power of this mineral in preventing damage to the skin cells. Foods high in selenium include whole grains, turkey, and tuna. Selenium can help prevent oxidative damage, which can age and roughen skin cells. Pour yourself a bowl of whole wheat cereal in the morning to get closer to your daily selenium needs.
Green Tea – Green tea has been tied to a number of health benefits such as decreased appetite, increased calorie burn, and antioxidant properties. For the skin, what makes this drink important is its anti-inflammatory properties. Just like omega-3s, green tea may help protect skin cell membranes, making the skin look fresher, plumper, and well rested.
Vitamin A Rich Foods – Vitamin A is crucial to repairing skin cells. When levels are low, the skin responds by becoming dry and flaky – something I know none of us want. Many people apply Vitamin A creams topically as a treatment for wrinkles, acne, and psoriasis, but you can still obtain some effects by eating foods rich in Vitamin A. Some of the best sources of this vitamin include carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and butter. On second thought, maybe you should refrain from snacking on sticks of the last one, just for your waistline’s sake.