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Whether you want to believe it or not, when it comes to having good skin, you can be a reflection of what you eat. While many other factors, ranging from environmental elements to genetics, can also affect the look of your skin, there is good news: You actually have some control over what you eat. A balanced diet can help keep you looking and feeling your best. Healthy superfoods are good for your body and your skin, here some choices that help promote good skin:
Eating fruits that are high in antioxidants like blueberries and strawberries will help support good skin. Antioxidants, vitamin A, C and E, can be found in many other fruits including cranberries, blackberries, red grapes, black plums and sweet cherries. These antioxidant-rich foods can help keep your skin strong against daily environmental aggressors.
Dark, leafy greens:
Green, leafy vegetables can help maintain good skin too. Kale and spinach are rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, vitamins which can help keep some common signs of skin aging at bay and broccoli, bok choy and mustard are rich in many of the B-vitamins, which can help keep your skin’s outer layer strong.
Filled with beta-carotene, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and butternut squash can help encourage a glowing complexion. A study found that your overall skin tone can improve if you eat carrots or drink carrot juice for six weeks. Bonus: The antioxidant, beta-carotene, is also good for your eye health too.
Essential fatty acids may also have skin benefits. Anything that is high in omegas, like salmon, almonds, avocados and coconut oil can help preserve your skin’s structural integrity. Omega fatty acids are also found in flaxseeds, walnuts, Brussels sprouts, tofu, shrimp, beef and sardines.
Limit sugars, alcohol and processed foods: While everything in moderation may be the best motto here, there are foods and drinks that may contribute to some early signs of skin aging. Your skin’s collagen and elastin fibers may be impacted by the amount of sugary foods you eat, and may encourage sagging skin or a loss of elasticity prematurely. Cutting out cupcakes and other treats from your diet completely may not be realistic, but try to be mindful about how much snacking you do.
For a day of good skin meals, start your day by topping your yogurt off with antioxidant-rich berries, toss your self up a nice kale salad with berries, nuts, carrots for lunch and have a healthy dinner of grilled salmon with a side spinach.