Did you know that your diet makes quite an impact on your skin? Oh yes!
In fact, they are closely linked. And we are not talking about a diet where you starve day in and day out and barely have any energy to get through the day. It is all about a balanced diet: what you eat, when you eat it and how much you eat it.
You should focus on giving your body as many powerful antioxidants and nutrients as possible, so it can reflect, not only on your skin, but also on your overall health. A healthy diet will help you stay strong, hormonally balanced and prevent various diseases and stress. A balanced diet will help your skin and its cells to absorb the necessary nutrients, regenerate and prosper. When your skin is under stress, the need is even greater. And that is when good nutrition kicks in and acts as a fresh reserve that repeatedly provides healing and support.
Skin Care Diet Plan
We are constantly attacked with all kinds of nutritional advice and claims about the latest dietary craze. The wise advice is to avoid the fads and build a solid balanced diet that is designed to fit you and your specific needs. Everyone is unique, and we all face unique challenges when it comes to our skin and overall living environment.
So, let’s cover the basic building blocks of a balanced diet:
1. Must be nutritious! Diet that is made up mostly of whole (unprocessed) foods that is high in nutritional value.
2. Each day divided into 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks (3 hours apart).
3. The quantity of food you consume per meal and per snack (calculated from, and based upon, your body mass index).
4. Each meal and snack must be balanced (protein + complex carbohydrates + fiber + high-quality unsaturated fats).
6. Vegetables and fruit must be antioxidant, mineral and vitamin rich (leaning toward low glycemic index).
The goal here is to primarily focus on nutrients in the foods you eat. When you are under stress or pregnant, or going through menopause, or fighting a serious illness, your body continuously releases nutrients to protect, repair and replenish your skin. Therefore, consistently nutritious diet is the key. Give your body the power it needs to keep you healthy or speed up your healing if, or when, fighting flu, or other diseases.
We go over the points discussed in the video below as well…
Healthy Skin Diet Will Give You Energy
So, we established the fact that nutrients have a vital role in the foods that form the entire foundation of a healthy balanced diet. Now you might be thinking that you can go and replace all the nutrients by taking dietary supplements. It’s important to keep in mind that supplements will never make up for a poor diet.
You’ll never achieve the mental sharpness, experience high energy and have a glowing skin just by gulping down a lot of supplements.
Our bodies are designed to receive nutrients we need from the foods we consume, so focus on what you put in your system.
However, to add a supplement here or there as an addition to your healthy diet is absolutely fine. This is especially so when you are dealing with a specific skin challenge and you need an extra boost. In this case, it is good to know your nutrients. Let’s take the following situation as an example.
Menopausal Skin and Acne Diet
Let’s say you suddenly witness your skin doing things it has never done before or find yourself having acne breakouts while you are in your forties or fifties, which can all be caused by a recent onset of menopause. In this situation, to help reduce acne, you would consume more food with isoflavonoids and polyphenols, which come from berries. Especially, the red berry family, like pomegranates and grape seeds. These ingredients will help you to extract the toxins, clarifying and controlling oil production on your skin.
Your body will also need to be infused with more vitamin E, that you can get from such food as broccoli and nuts. Anti-inflammatory agents play an important role in this situation, as well. Ginger, mushrooms, soy products, goji berries, walnuts and flaxseed will assist in reducing inflammation in your skin. Also, you’ll want to choose foods that are high in vitamin A, like collard greens and spinach, which are good skin detoxifiers and hydrators.
Now, if you are looking to test only one or two things because of your sudden hormonal breakouts at your age, try adding hormone regulators into your diet, such as soy and black cohosh (capsule or gel form). They will help to keep your hormone levels balanced. Obviously, to help your skin glow throughout this transition, it would be best if you could consult with your esthetician or nutritionist and see if it makes sense for you to add any of these (black cohosh, dong quai, iron, red clover and other isoflavonoids, and phytoestrogens) supplements to your diet.
Remember, everyone is unique (depending upon circumstances, skin types, reactions, etc.). On top of it, always nourish your skin with natural and good quality products. Keep in mind, it is better to use fewer, but better quality products. Visit this page for more natural skin care tips.
Skin Care Nutrition Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated
Keep it simple! There is no reason to overwhelm yourself. Simply pay attention to everything that you ingest. Make sure that every meal and snack is nutritionally loaded and balanced (protein + fiber + complex carb + healthy fat). Control your portions. If you need to address a specific skin challenge, then introduce a new supplement into your diet that can address the issue, but make sure to track your results. Keep a journal or a notepad where you can write down how your body responds (positive or negative reactions) to a particular supplement during the first few weeks.
Here are a few additional must-know skin care tips for men, since they have slightly different skin challenges.
Feel free to share with us what works or doesn’t work for your body.