When I went to the drug store the other day, I couldn’t help but notice the ENTIRE SECTION dedicated to cosmetics. There’s liquid foundation, powder, concealer, blush, bronzer, highlighter… all promising to help you get a “natural” glow. That got me wondering, why do we find smooth, clear skin attractive?
Turns out, our skin is the last organ to receive nutrients. This means that clear skin=awesome health. Back in the day, our Paleolithic ancestors used the appearance of a potential partner’s skin to determine his/her health and genetics, and to ultimately decide if they wanted to have kids with that partner.
Instead of using topical products to give an illusion of health, here are some foods that can help you achieve clear skin from the inside out (and probably make you feel healthier overall):
Ok I know this is technically not a food, but proper hydration is a main key to clear skin. The average person should consume 2 liters a day, and even more if you are exercising or sweating a lot.
This may be the best news I’ve gotten all day. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat chains that help your skin produce lipids, which keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. They also contain vitamins E and C, which help to reduce inflammation.
The term “super food” is no joke when it comes to this leafy green. Kale contains densely concentrated vitamins, including vitamin A, B, C, E, and K, as well as potassium, iron, folate, calcium, manganese, and magnesium. The best part? You can usually find a bunch for around $1. Kale is not messing around!
I love the taste of beets! They are a great source of vitamin A and E, which help the skin to restore itself. They also boast a slew of minerals that help to reduce toxins in the body. If you cant stand to eat a beet by itself, try putting it in a juice or smoothie with orange juice. I have found that the orange flavor melds nicely with the beet flavor, and reduces some of its “beety-ness”.
Kidney beans contain protein and vitamins, which helps the skin to repair itself. They also function as a source of complex carbohydrates, which help to regulate blood sugar levels. You really could substitute any legume in for similar benefits.
Like every other food on this list, sweet potatoes are high in vitamins that help the skin to restore itself and reduce inflammation. But what you might not know is that sweet potatoes can help to regulate cortisone levels. Cortisone is the main hormone produced as a response to stress. Eating sweet potatoes can help reduce some of the internal stress on your body, which could lead to fewer stress-induced breakouts.
If you incorporate some of these foods into your diet, don’t forget to let me know how it goes! Questions, comments, concerns, ideas??? Let me know in the comments!