Everything we put into our mouths has significant importance in how it affects our bodies–whether it’s food, a beverage, a mint, gum, and even breath spray or mouthwash all contribute in various ways to our overall health, which goes on to affect the way we feel, our attitude and especially the way we look. Probably athletes are more tuned into how the whole “eating to live” process works, while a good number of the rest of us have been “living to eat.” No matter which philosophy influences your style of eating, you may find it interesting to try ascribing to what science has shown us really works. As the most effective method at anyone’s disposal to begin taking better charge of our lives in general–by eating intentionally–by more consciously (and conscientiously) regulating what we consume. Are you game? How about finally getting that glowing skin that appears to exist just beyond the reach of real people; always there, on the other side of magazine pages?
But Where Does One Start?
Access to glowing skin might have previously resided as an inaccessible, and probably photoshopped realm, but you can relocate it to your fridge, pantry and then on to your dining room table–or the sofa–wherever you most likely perform your food consumption. With so many different foods out there, it might initially seem overwhelming to make a game plan to ensure that everything you eat will bring skin-glowing benefits, but the list of foods included in this category is actually extensive. First, take a look specific nutrients that ages of scientific studies and testing have undeniably proven to be awesome contributors to “that glow.”
In the greater line of defense used by your body to block and dispower nasty free radicals from their mission to attack the healthy cells of your body (and render them useless or part of a health-crushing domino effect leading to disease,) Antioxidants are the body’s superheroes, with certain compounds that employ their “supernatural” powers to mightily zap unstable free radicals with enough electrons to prevent them from stealing from nearby healthy cells. What this means to people ranges from generous protection against everything from minor infections, all the way to fight more serious, and even life-threatening diseases such as heart disease and cancer. When it comes to your skin–just know that antioxidants from your diet will perform a vigilant standoff to ensure that you hold onto all that’s good and healthy (like collagen and collagen production) about your skin, and prevent unwelcome marauders from damaging your skin’s natural firmness, elasticity, fullness and radiant glow. Need suggestions? Here are some:
- Vitamins A, C, E and some from the B complex, too.
- Minerals like selenium, manganese, zinc and special enzymes.
- Brazil nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts.
- Berries, black grapes, cherries, raisins, papaya and prunes.
- Carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peas, peppers, broccoli, spinach and kale.
Essential Fatty Acids
There are two types of essential fatty acids: Omega-3, and Omega-6, with Omega-3 being the most beneficial when it comes to the skin. These important nutrients must come from the foods we consume, as our bodies do not generate them. The ideal intake of EFAs is for them to comprise 1o comprise 15% of our total diet. You’ll find EFAs in:
- Salmon, tuna, sardines and other oily fish.
- Nuts, seeds (think sunflower and sesame) and the oils that they produce.
- Rapeseed, sesame, soybean, flax and walnut oils.
- Soybeans, organic eggs, prawns
- Avoid or limit use of processed and saturated fats–these cancel out EFA benefits.
More for Your Skin Glow Shopping List
Look for foods containing beta-carotene, zinc, iron and selenium. Peanut butter, wheat germ, whole grains, avocados, meats, cheeses, mushrooms and molasses.