You may be thinking “What does nutrition have to do with skincare?” Well, proper nutrition is not only important for our overall health, but also plays an extremely important role in the maintenance and anti-aging of the largest organ in our body…our skin! The appearance of an individual’s skin, hair and nails can tell a lot about their overall health, both of which can be improved through a healthy and balanced diet. For example, Psoriasis, a disease of the skin causing red, scaly patches, has been shown to be reduced with proper nutrition is in place in one’s lifestyle.
Today I’m going to share with you the best foods choices to include in your diet in order to maintain a healthy complexion. Variety in your diet is of utmost importance in order to obtain an abundance of extremely important vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Try to include different fruits, grains, fish, vegetables, and healthy oils and fats each day to reap the greatest benefits. Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids provide nutrients only found through foods. Fish such as Mackerel and Salmon and nuts such as walnuts contain this important fatty acids and it is best to include them frequently to improve skin health.
Drinking an adequate amount of water can also improve the appearance and condition of your skin. I recommend consuming 64 ounces of water per day, which is eight 8 ounce glasses. The best way to get easily get this in each day is to include water with each meal or snack. Try having 2 glasses with your breakfast, lunch and dinner; and 1 glass with each of you snacks.
How can you ensure you are getting a balanced diet? A good rule of thumb is to shoot for including a fruit and/or vegetable with each meal and snack. Work on getting variety in your day-to-day meals. Variety is the spice of life! Remember your water! Drinking water with meals will keep your skin hydrated and has many other added benefits. Begin with making small changes each day. Try new foods and have fun with it!
For more information on how nutrition can impact your skin, contact Alissa Robertson, Nutrition Specialist and owner of Lifestyle Management & Nutrition.