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How Your Diet Affects Your Skin

A healthy, glowing complexion says a lot about your skin and your diet.

The condition of our skin reflects what we eat and highlights the importance of looking after yourself from the inside out. Food is fuel and our bodies function best when we provide it with healthy, balanced and nutritious food.

The studies on diet and skin don’t reveal anything we don’t already know. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are good for us, skin included. Healthful foods appear to reduce inflammation and decrease the likelihood of breakouts.

The healthier the diet choices you make, the more it shows in your skin.

To keep your skin in good condition, fill your plate with fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other nutrient-rich foods. And make sure to include lean protein in your diet — your skin, which is made of protein, needs protein to stay healthy.

Fish is a brilliant source of protein (essential for collagen and elastin production keeping your skin supple) and contains omega-3 fatty acids known for promoting skin health and reducing inflammation.

Avoid refined carbs and sugars –these include sweets, white bread, pastries, white rice, sugary drinks and many breakfast cereals. Replace these foods with ‘good carbs’ such as healthy vegetables, whole grains and the wrinkle-fighting anti-oxidants found in fruits which have a lower glycemic index – in turn, reduce the overall carbohydrate load in your diet

Whilst on a diet, it is essential that your body gets enough water. Staying hydrated is very important in order for nutrients to reach your skin cells. Avoid sugary drinks and enjoy water or green tea which is known to be a brilliant source of anti-oxidants.

Now, please keep in mind that how your diet affects your skin can be subjective — some people are just naturally more sensitive to certain ingredients than others. But if you’ve been dealing with a certain skin problem for quite some time, it’s definitely worth seeing if omitting some of these foods makes a difference.

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