It is a well- known fact that whatever we eat makes an impact on our skin as well as our overall health. We tend to spend huge amounts on creams and other cosmetic items that contain various chemicals, to keep our skin revitalized whereas all we need is a change in lifestyle. It takes a certain amount of discipline to understand and observe the effects your dietary habits are having on the health of your skin.
We are all looking for stimulants to keep our skin alive but what we really need is a change in perception towards certain foods and a certain amount of awareness towards the changing nature of our skin.
There have been numerous studies to show that “we are what we eat”. The food that we eat is not only affecting our internal system but also displays how we look on the outside. Most of the foods we are consuming today are essentially lacking nutritional value. When we look at foods that have a high nutritional value, we not only keep ourselves healthy on the inside, but also from the outside and we can achieve the look of a vibrant glowing looking skin.
There are some foods that are naturally such, which makes it easy to achieve this objective. Let us look at some examples of such foods which can give us that enviable skin and how they do so:
Low Fat Dairy Products:
One of the most essential carriers of Vitamin A, which is known to have a glowing effect on our skin, is low fat dairy products. Many experts have even said that the health of our skin cells is dependent on dietary Vitamin A. Moreover, it is even beneficial to consume a Vitamin A rich diet, if you have diabetes or any thyroid condition.
Low fat yogurt also contains, in addition to Vitamin A, acidophilus, the “live” bacteria which are essential for a normal digestion. Any bacteria that keep the digestive system healthy is bound to be reflected in the skin.
Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries and Plums:
The reason why these fruits are most essential for the healthy nature of your skin is because they contain antioxidants which are required to protect your cell membranes, so that there is less damage to the skin. Foods rich in antioxidants prevent the growth of free radicals which have the tendency to damage your skin cells.
Salmon, Walnuts, Canola Oil, Flax Seeds:
These foods contain essential fatty acids, which are responsible for healthy cell membranes and also act as barriers to harmful things. Our body continuously needs Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’S). Omega 6 is easily available but the EFA Omega-3 is what our body lacks, which is present in flax seeds, fish etc.
The conclusion that we can draw from this, is the fact that there are foods out there that are meant to protect our skin from all the harmful things that can happen, it just requires a certain amount of awareness and discipline. We can see the change for ourselves.