Your skin loves good food, especially those filled with vitamins and minerals. Some of your skin’s favourite foods are fruits and vegetables, fibre-rich whole grains, lean protein, and good fats.
When you feed your body a balanced, wholesome diet, you may be less likely to experience premature signs of aging on the sun-exposed parts of your skin or worsened symptoms of existing skin problems. And when you follow a healthy diet, your skin shows its appreciation by appearing smoother and healthier.
Stock up on these skin-friendly foods:
- Colourful fruits and vegetables bursting with antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E protect your skin from free radicals. Try sweet potatoes, papaya, berries, broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, kale, olives, apples, onions, garlic, or eggplant.
- The B vitamin biotin can give your skin a youthful and supple plump look, thanks to its role in your body's fat production. Try avocados, tomatoes, almonds, oats, eggs, cauliflower, or salmon to increase your biotin.
- Legumes - beans, nuts, and peas - contain phytoestrogens, antioxidant phytochemicals (nutrients found in plants) that may protect against skin damage.
- Flavonoids, another type of antioxidant phytochemical, may also protect skin from free radical damage. Find flavonoids in fruits and vegetables with deep red colours, like berries, cherries, and dried plums.
- Healthy fats, like mono- and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, support your skin's moisture levels, helping to prevent dry skin. Beneficial fats can be found in foods like olive oil, fish, flaxseed, and soybeans. Pairing healthy fats with vegetables may give the antioxidant potential a boost.
Avoid these foods: Full-fat dairy products, red meat, potatoes, soft drinks, sweets, butter
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