As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Picking up “empty-calorie” fast food everyday will send your health spiraling downwards. On the other hand, preparing your own meals using fresh ingredients can improve your body, mind, and even your skin. In this post, we’re going to reveal 5 of the best foods for skin health.
The first skin-boosting powerhouse food on our list is spinach. This delicious leafy green vegetable contains lutein, as well as vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E and magnesium. Can’t seem to finish a bowl of spinach in one sitting? Invest in either juicer or blender and create your own beverage. Doing so is a great way to up your intake of fruits and vegetables.
The next time you have a craving for something sweet, grab a cup of fresh blueberries. Although small in size, blueberries are loaded with skin-benefiting nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, magnesium, and free radical-fighting antioxidants. Best of all, a full cup only yields 85 calories, making it the perfect on-the-go snack for dieters.
Salmon is another food that’s known to improve skin health. This pinkish-colored fish contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids — the “healthy” fat varieties — as well as potassium, vitamin B-2 and vitamin B-6. Unlike many Tuna, Swordfish and other larger types of fish, salmon contains a very minimal amount of mercury. Incorporating at least salmon dinner into your weekly routine can make a world of difference in your skin and other aspects of your health.
Eggs were once viewed as being unhealthy due to their high level of cholesterol. Recently, however, researchers discovered that dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily impact cholesterol levels in the blood. Eggs contain a hearty amount of the powerful antioxidant selenium, which is known to combat the effects of early aging and wrinkles caused by free radicals. So go ahead and enjoy an occasional egg or two for breakfast. Your skin will thank you later down the road!
Last but not least on our list is water. Well, technically H2O is a beverage, but it plays an important role in the skin’s elasticity and overall health. According to the H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, our skin is comprised of approximately 64% water. When the body is dehydrated, the skin dries out and begins to lose its elasticity.