There is a saying, ‘You are what you eat’ this matches with the idea that ‘Your skin is what you consume’ or the health of your skin depends mostly on what you eat and drink.
Here we will try to list out certain foods and drinks that will help keep your skin healthy and supple.
Surprisingly water has a big part in keeping your skin healthy. Drinking water adequately is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Water keeps your skin moist and makes all those fine lines and wrinkles disappear. Enough of water means your skin can get rid of toxins properly and keep the cells flush with nutrients. Water also helps in maintaining blood formal regular. All this makes your skin glowing and healthy. Apart from regular water, the water content in fruits, vegetables, milk etc also counts towards total intake of liquids.
Another element is minerals that help protect the skin from free radicals. It is free radicals causes skin ageing, wrinkles and lines. Selenium is one mineral that helps prevent this as well as protect the skin against skin cancer.
Selenium is plenty in button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, and fish like cod, snapper, tuna and salmon. Cooked beef, turkey, oysters, sardines and crab meat has plenty of selenium. Whole wheat pasta is another food that contains selenium.
Antioxidants are also essential for slowing and preventing the damage of free radicals. Many colourful fruits and vegetables including berries, tomatoes, beets, spinach, sweet potatoes, tangerines, peppers and beans contain antioxidants.
The coenzyme Q10 is produced by the body, and it is a vital antioxidant. It is produced in plenty when young, but as one gets older, it tends to get less. The enzyme is mostly involved in making energy and making the cells work harder. The enzyme is also available in foods like salmon, tuna, poultry, liver and whole grains. Products containing CoQ10 may help soften wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
To avoid dry and flaky skin the best foods are oranges, carrots and cantaloupes. Since all these fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin A. It is also a part of leafy greens, eggs, low-fat dairy products etc. Skin products containing vitamin A help reduce wrinkles and skin spots. They are called retinoids and are used in treating acne and other skin conditions.
Vitamin C helps protect the skin from damage due to sunlight that damages the collagen and elastin, which firm up the skin. Vitamin C is plenty in bell peppers, citrus fruits, papaya, kiwi fruit, broccoli, greens and Brussels sprouts.
It is yet another essential vitamin which is also an antioxidant that protects the skin from sun damage and inflammation. It is obtained from foods like vegetable oils, seed, olives, spinach, asparagus and leafy vegetables.
Good fats like Omega 3s and Omega 6s got from olives, canola oils, flaxseeds, walnuts, cold-water fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel protect the skin from dryness and blemishes.
Extra virgin oils and cold pressed oils have added nutrients that help lube up the skin and keep it looking and feeling healthy.
It is a magic food that helps stop inflammation, prevent DNA damage, and protect it from sun damage.