Balanced nutrition is essential to a fit body and mind, but certain foods can target and support the health of specific organs. Fish has been called “brain food,” Popeye ate his spinach to become big and strong, and we all know what beans are capable of. Oh you know the rhyme – they’re good for your heart, the more you eat them – never mind. So what foods should you eat if you’re aiming for healthy skin that’s even-toned, radiant and youthful? First – a bit of anatomy. Humans integumentary system is made up of our skin, hair, nails and exocrine glands. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and when it’s in really good, glowing shape, can be a signal to the outside world that our entire bodies are youthful and healthy. Beautiful skin is largely inherited through genetics, but we can certainly utilize cleansing routines and our diets to have a significant impact on our skins health and appearance. And since they are all part of the connected integumentary system, foods that support skin are likely to promote shiny healthy hair and strong nails. It’s a win-win all around!
Marianne Magno of Fitness Magazine wrote an article on The Top 10 Superfoods for Gorgeous Skin and Hair. A few of them include blueberries, salmon, spinach, and oysters. Tomatoes are also on the list for being packed with lycopene, which is an anti-aging antioxidant. Cooking tomatoes actually releases lycopene, so bring on the homemade tomato sauce and pasta and eat your way to flawless skin! Health, a division of Time Magazine, also put together a list of 5 Foods for Healthy Skin that includes handy tips such as a recipe for a skin-supporting smoothie and suggestions for dipping bread in olive oil or simply applying it to your face for the same effect (without the calories).
But what about those of us who may need to clear our skin first? No fear – Glamour Magazine has got you covered with the Top 30 Skin Clearing Foods. They recommend swapping out your black tea for a peppermint variety; besides aiding in digestion, the peppermint leaves help to clear and support skin health. Fresh avocado is another good choice, as the healthy oils found in the fruit can stimulate collagen production and vitamin C can reduce inflammation in the skin. Lastly, if you want clearer skin, start drinking more of the clear stuff. No, not vodka – water! Drinking water flushes toxins out of your body and keeps you well hydrated. Skin is made up of lots of water, so why not give those cells a little bit more support?
At the end of the day, there is only so much makeup we can apply, or facial peels we can get. It’s time to start treating the symptoms and tackle the problem at its source – inside of your body. Like most things in life, there really is no “quick fix” for beautiful, healthy skin. The good news is, if you’re willing to commit yourself to a diet that includes healthy fats and oils, lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lot’s of water then you’re setting your skin up for success. And you’ll see the benefits of this type of diet in your overall health and wellness. Remember – beautiful skin is gained from the inside out, so put healthy food in your body and enjoy the glow!