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Eat your way to healthy skin
Eat your way to healthy skin
25th Jul, 2017

Eat your way to healthy skin

One rule definitely doesn’t fit all when it comes to skin. I find the best thing to do is simply try new things and see how they affect your skin. When I started juicing every day I noticed that my skin was brighter. When I reduced dairy in my diet I found that I had less breakouts. And generally if my diet is healthy and balanced you can see it in my skin.

The best advice I can give is to just try a few different things out gradually. Start introducing more dark leafy vegetables into your diet, increase the amount of good fats and reduce the bad fats. Try to avoid processed food, high in trans and saturated fats. Reduce dairy for a few weeks and see how it makes you feel. Be conscious of the changes you make and register how they affect your skin.

Fill up on Antioxidants, Omega 3, Vitamin E and Low GL foods and you will be well on your way.

Antioxidants

Our bodies naturally produce free radicals but poor lifestyle choices, over exposure to sunlight and pollution and poor diets, can lead to overproduction of free radicals which cause damage to cells in the body. Antioxidants can help to fight the damage being caused by free radicals. Try to eat a variety of different coloured fruit and vegetables to ensure a variety of micronutrients. Broccoli, fennel, courgette, sweet potato, mangoes, blueberries, and raspberries will all give you a good antioxidant boost.

Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E

Food that are rich in good fats and Vitamin E will have a very positive effect on your skin and will help to soften the ageing process. Any excuse to top up on avocados, as well as oily fish, nuts, seeds and dark green leafy vegetables.

Low Glycaemic Load

Try eating food with a low glycaemic load, which are generally wholegrains and foods low in sugar, to help regulate blood sugar levels. Foods with a high GL lead to spikes in blood sugar that cause and increase in the hormone insulin. In some cases, if these foods are eaten in excess it could unbalance hormone levels and stimulate sebaceous glands found under the skin to produce more sebum, which can cause breakouts.

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