The Best Foods For Beautiful Skin

A beautiful, glowing skin starts with the foods we eat

A guideline that considers different ways of healing and nourishing your skin as well as foods that may adversely affect the health of your skin.

Yes beauty is in fact skin deep! That is why it is so important to nourish and heal from the inside out.

Our daily food choices does have a direct effect on our skin’s health

If you diet is nutrient rich, the evidence will appear in the skin quality. Foods that beautify are enzyme rich- plant based foods that promote optimal organ function, which in turn helps the skin look more youthful and radiant.

Top 5 Glowing skin foods

Avocados – Helps to reduce skin damage, inflammation and helps to moisturize the skin. The fats found in avocado also helps to absorb fat soluble vitamins including; A, C, D and E.

Bell peppers- Rich in vitamins A, C and E, its rich in Folate which supports new cell production and Potassium (hydrating the skin)

Berries – Berries in abundance including; blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc. These are rich in antioxidants and play a key role in collagen synthesis, which promotes healthy less wrinkled, moisturized skin.

Dark chocolate- Good quality dark chocolate, don’t overdo it, but enjoy the valid excuse to eat chocolate! It contains high levels of flavanols (an antioxidant to improve blood flow and to sustain soft, smooth skin)

Tea – An often over- looked superfood to boost skin health. I am talking about real tea, not ‘detox tea’ or ‘slimming tea’.

More info follow the link on a previous blog post I wrote on the benefits of drinking tea. https://chefdot.com/2019/08/21/tea-meditation/

Top 5 Skin damaging foods

An occasional treat is not the end of the world, but always try and stay resilient in eating nourishing, nutrient rich foods to support your natural beauty.

Sugar rich foods causes havoc in our system, raising inflammation ‘stressors’ and reduces firmness and elasticity of the skin.

Alcohol- May have a diuretic effect, which dehydrates our bodies, leaving the skin dry and dull

Sweets/ candy – Sugar causes inflammation in our body, which comes up in the skin in the form of acne and blemishes

Industrialized fats- Foods high in processed fats inhibit blood flow and circulation and leads to bloat, leaving your skin feeling puffy.

Processed carbs- These foods causes blood sugar spikes, due to their high glycemic index. In return these foods speeds up the aging process and encourages blemishes and acne.

Packaged and processed foods- If you read the label and not sure what half the stuff mean, your not nourishing your body!

Most packaged and processed foods contain high salt, high sugar, preservatives and additives, not the best go to foods for great looking skin.

Other contributing factors to consider when struggling with breakouts and blemishes

Hormones

Stress

Genetics

Using the wrong skin care products

Supplements that may assist

There are tons of supplements on the market claiming to help heal the skin. I am sure some of them can make a significant difference, but remember you are what you eat!

Stick to getting your skin benefits from the food you eat and good hydration.

Vitamin C– Vitamin C is a rich antioxidant, essential for the health of your skin. I like to drink my vitamin C in liquid form, I drink Forever Aloe gel everyday to boost my vitamin C intake.

Forever aloe gel has not only helped to boost my vitamin C intake, it has also helped to support my digestion and absorption of nutrients, which in turn promotes healthy, glowing skin! https://foreverliving.com/zaf/en-za/home. Let me know if you would like to place an order to benefit from this amazing gut healing, natural aloe gel.

B vitamins- I eat loads of greens everyday! If you struggle with eating enough greens or follow a Vegan/ Vegetarian diet I would suggest supplementing with a good B vitamin.

The reason why Vegan and Vegetarians should consider supplementing with B vitamins is because plant based foods alone, don’t provide enough B vitamins.

Essential fatty acids- Our bodies cannot make EFA on its own, you only get them from the foods you eat and supplementation.

When your diet lacks EFA’s, your skin may become dry, inflamed and prone to acne and blemishes.

EFA’s are tiny little powerhouses, they help to lower inflammation in the body, lower the risk of heart disease and stroke and may reduce symptoms of joint pain and depression.

SPF- Yes you should be wearing SPF daily! Wearing sunscreen every day can protect help protect our skin from exposure of the suns rays.

UVA rays penetrate deep into our skin causing skin aging and skin cancer. UVA damage is not reversible, we must protect our skins all year around from these rays.

Ready to glow from within?

Your body will show you appreciation through its largest organ; our skin when we pack our diet with vibrant foods loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats, water and essential nutrients.

Nourish your body with powerful nutrients, slow down the aging process and truly glow from within!

Dot you later!

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Qualified chef, Health Coach and Nutritionist based in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

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