Could a diet that consists of fast food, chips and soda be keeping you from having clear, healthy skin? In the words of Napoleon Dynamite, Heck yes! What you put in your body has a huge affect on whether you’ll have unhealthy or healthy skin.
Many times it’s easier to opt for the quick and easy foods at a fast food
restaurant or junk food than to site down and have a healthy, balanced meal. But filling up on foods like these can cause all sorts of skin problems. Making a few simple food changes could mean the different between unhealthy and healthy skin. So learn to put the right foods into your body that will turn that dry, flaky, breakout-prone skin into the healthy skin that we all want to have.
IS DRY SKIN YOUR PROBLEM?
Many girls try to steer clear of all fats. But did you know that this could actually have an adverse effect on your skin? Not getting enough healthy fats (i.e. unsaturated fats) in your diet could mean dry and flaky skin, and we all know that that’s far from attractive.
So how do you remedy this? Simply start adding foods that are good sources of unsaturated fats back into your diet. Good examples of unsaturated fats are nuts, seeds, olives, avacados. All these foods are naturally rich in unsaturated fats and have a lot of the vitamins and minerals that are needed for a healthy body and healthy skin.
ARE YOU PRONE TO BREAKOUTS?
What girl hasn’t been plagued with the occasional (or not-so occasional) breakout? No doubt, you’ve heard the myths that foods like chocolate and greasy french fries cause your skin to breakout. Well, this isn’t true, unless you happen to be allergic to either of these foods.
But it is true that simple carbohydrates can lead to breakouts. What are simple carbohydrates? Well, think of white foods – white bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. Indulging in these foods can cause our insulin levels to rise and this in turn leads to breakouts.
Fixing this problem is as easy as switching from simple carbohydrates to complex carbohydrates, or from white to brown foods. Complex carbohydrates are digested slowly and won’t cause that drastic spike in your insulin levels. So go for whole-grain pasta, rich and breads (in moderate amounts of course) for beautiful healthy skin.
Another thing you can do help avoid breakouts is learn to love fish. Fish is the best source of essential fatty acids, or EFAs, and these help to reduce inflmmation which clogs your pores and in turn leads to breakouts.
Tuna, salmon and mackarel are all types of fish that have the most essential fatty acids. If you’re really not a seafood lover though, EFAs can also be found in almonds and hazelnuts.
If seafood or nuts haven’t been part of your diet, now is the perfect time to start. You may learn to love these foods and you’ll certainly love the fact that they help you have beautiful, healthy skin.
And the last, but certainly not least important thing that you can do to get on the road to healthy skin – be sure you’re drinking enough water. Many girls opt for soda or other sugary drinks in favor of nature’s beverage. But drinking only soda can cause you to become dehydrated which is never good for healthy skin.
So start toting around a water bottle and drink up all day. If you can’t stand the taste of plain water, squeeze some lemon into it. If you can’t completely make the switch from soda to water, then start by slowly cutting back on your daily consumption of soda and replacing it with healthy water instead.
Follow these tips and watch your skin go from dry, flaky and prone to breakouts into the beautiful, healthy skin that you’ve always wanted.