We know that our diet changes the way our skin behaves, a nasty breakout can be down to a fast-food binge or too many foods and drinks with a low nutritional content. But can what you eat banish any skin complaint and help you have better skin for life? Check out these simple food swaps for healthier, better skin!
If you suffer from facial redness, fine red veins or broken capillaries you could be suffering from a lack of flavonoids. Flavonoids are present in plant molecules and are thought to provide health benefits through cell signalling pathways and antioxidant effects. Eat fruits and vegetables to try and replenish those missing flavonoids. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain them and so do dry beans, grains and green tea. The general rule is that the more colourful an item of food is, the richer it is in flavonoids. We also love this Vitamin Mineral Powder. The serving-size sachets are easy to keep in your desk or tote and liquid vitamins are much easier for your body to absorb.
Dry lips can be an indication of dehydration, so always make sure you’re topped up on water throughout the day, but if you’re still suffering from dry, chapped lips for no reason it could be indicative of a lack of vitamin B12. The best way to get a boost of B12 is to eat mackerel or shellfish, but if you’re not that way inclined, eggs or fortified cereals are a good substitute. Or try out this B12 spray from David Kirsch. A supercharged vitamin spray to deliver immediate relief from tension, boost energy levels and enhance immunity,
Oh the dreaded puffy eyes. If you’re not too busy putting bags of green tea on your eyes or splashing your face with cold water, you might want to try swapping caffeinated drinks for water, as puffy eyes are a sign of dehydration. Also limit the amount of salt in your diet and eat some figs or plums to help remove toxins and reduce inflammation.
Dull skin and a low immune system
Obviously if you have a persistent low immune system you should check with your GP, but if you’ve got the all-clear of any illnesses and are just gifted with a low immune system and a generally run down appearance, try cooking with pumpkin-seed oil as it’s rich in zinc and try and get more fruits and vegetables in your diet. This immune boosting smoothie, packed with fruits, high-alkaline vegetables, grains and grasses to give you the fuel needed for the day will be your best friend.
Frequent break outs
Cut back on refined sugars and carbohydrates for a while and drink only water to see if that improves your skin. Many people report that as well as feeling less sluggish, their skin is clear and fresh. It’s recommended that you make swaps to whole grain foods with lots of vegetables on the side. If you can’t commit to a huge lifestyle change just try it for two weeks and see if there are any changes!
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