This is the second in our seven blog series on tips to get healthier skin. Our last blog focused on the need for sleep. This one focuses on our diet.
Our bodies are machines, we process oxygen, food, and water and turn those into the stuff of life like energy, cell growth and regeneration, and of course, waste products. Of these three inputs, we have the most control over our diets (water and air quality can be tampered with, but short of moving, these can only be adjusted at the margin). It is here, in our diet, that we can make a real difference in our skin with just a few minor tweaks. The first tip, and probably the most obvious one – drink water, lots of it. Think of water as a flushing agent. It helps to draw toxins out of your body through both urine and sweat and the more of it you take in (up to a point of course) the more useful it can be in carrying out your body’s waste. In addition to water though, there are several foods to avoid and others that you probably aren’t getting enough of.
The avoid list is a long one, but for simplicity sake, we will take a look at some of the leading offenders. These are the guys that lead to redness, rashes, irritation, and acne among other great things.
While the foods in the picture above should be avoided do not think of these as absolutes - a shrimp scampi once in a while won't kill you - but if you have persistent skin issues and down sugar like a mouse at a cake factory, then perhaps it's time to rethink things.
It’s not all bad news though; there are still plenty of things we can eat to help ward off irritated or tired skin.
Just like the 'bad foods' - this is by no means us telling you to eat JUST these four foods. A healthy diet is balanced and as long as you skew toward the 'better' stuff like those ingredients in the picture above, you'll be fine. Keep in mind that this list isn't exactly exhaustive but it does contain many of the more potent foods that can either help or hinder your skins health and glow.
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