Beauty comes from the inside out, yet most people focus solely on what they put on their skin - makeup, creams, lotions, lipstick, and so on. But the simple fact of the matter is that beauty does indeed come from the inside out - it's about what you put in your body, not what you put on your body.
Here are the 9 top nutrition and health tips for healthier, more beautiful skin.
Healthy Skin Nutrition Tip #1: Eat more fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables reduce oxidative stress, the process by which the collagen in your skin is damaged and creates wrinkles and lines. Furthermore, fruits and vegetables help nourish healthy cells, making your skin glow more, be more well hydrated, and look healthier.
Also, fruits and vegetables are full of carotenoids which are powerful antioxidants and help skin look healthier and younger. Studies have found that those with the highest level of carotenoids in their skin look healthier, younger, and more attractive to the opposite sex. Juice Plus+, a fruit and vegetable juice powder concentrate, has been found in several peer-reviewed, published studies to increase carotenoids in the human blood stream and may be a great way for people to get healthier, more attractive looking skin due to the impact on carotenoid levels.
Healthy Skin Nutrition Tip #2: Increase your intake of Omega 3 fats and limit intake of Omega 6 fats
Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory and great for skin and cell health. Americans eat far too many Omega 6 fats and not enough Omega-3 fats. You can get more Omega-3s by eating deep-sea fish like salmon, nuts like walnuts and pecans, hemp seeds, flax seeds, olive oil, and avocados.
Omega 3 fats aren't only great for skin health, they help reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, degenerative diseases, autoimmune disorders, and much, much more! The truth is that your whole body is connected and when you feed your body right you will improve your skin health AND the health of your entire body. When you improve one area of your health, everything else improves as well.
Healthy Skin Nutrition Tip #3: Reduce your sugar intake
Sugar increases oxidative stress in the body and damages healthy skin. Sugar contributes heavily to acne and other skin conditions. Simply reducing your sugar intake can do wonders for your skin health. Sugar also suppresses your immune system, increases your risk of disease and infection, makes you sluggish and tired, spikes your insulin levels, and in fact Sugar is a Poison so act wisely and stay away from the poison! Your skin and your family will thank you.
Healthy Skin Nutrition Tip #4: Reduce processed food intake
Processed foods break down into acidic and toxic byproducts in the body. A lot of these byproducts have to be eliminated through the skin, causing damage to skin cells and increasing wrinkles and acne. Furthermore, processed foods contain thousands of man-made chemicals, preservatives, sugars, artificial sweeteners, excitotoxins, and many other poisonous, harmful and carcinogenic compounds that you're better off without.
So just say no to the processed foods and eat more whole foods, fruits, vegetables, berries, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Healthy Skin Nutrition Tip #5: Eliminate trans fats from your diet
Trans fats are very harmful to human health. Your body builds every cell with a cell wall made out of fat. When trans fats are built into the cell wall, it disrupts the normal functioning of the cell. This causes your skin cells to be more stiff and rigid, causing wrinkles and aged-looking skin.
Just eating 1 gram of trans fat a day increases your risk of stroke and heart attack by 33%! Trans fats also increase your risk for cancer, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and other chronic diseases.
Healthy Skin Nutrition Tip #6: Hydrate well - drink more water
Hydration is a key to good skin health. The body will drain water from the skin in order to nourish other organs like the heart, liver and lungs which are necessary for survival. Many Americans are chronically dehydrated and this damages the health of their skin. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water of day.
Healthy Skin Tip #7: Exercise, Physical Activity & Sweat!
Exercise is excellent for overall health, reduction of risk of chronic diseases, and skin health! Your body needs to sweat in order to cleanse itself and this helps improve skin health and get rid of excess toxins through the skin. If you're a couch potato, get off your butt and watch your skin start to glow!
Healthy Skin Tip #8: Relaxation and Rest
Stress reduction and relaxation help improve skin health and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. The more relaxed you are, the better you will look. We all know what someone looks like who is always stressed out - they look older! Just take a look at the before and after pictures of any of the U.S. Presidents and you'll see the impact stress can make on your skin health.
Healthy Skin Tip #9: Get your Beauty Sleep
You really do need sleep to be beautiful! The majority of repair in your skin is done while you're asleep. So if you're not getting enough sleep, you are missing out on that vital repair time! Have you ever seen someone who hasn't slept in a long time and they get dark circles under their eyes and baggy lines on their face? It's because they need to sleep to repair and replenish their skin!
Tom Corson-Knowles is a top Health Coach with a no-nonsense approach to creating health and wellness.