Does the phrase ‘beautiful from the inside and out’ sounds like you’ve heard of it millions of times? Well, it may be a cliché, but that’s what clichés are for – to be true in most of the cases. And this one is no different. Literally and figuratively, beauty does come from within, and not only from our appearance. On the one hand, if you’re in a good mood, all positive and smiling, you radiate pleasant emotions, which draws people towards you because they can somehow sense your inner beauty. On the other hand, beauty can come from the inside as in the food you consume since everything you eat reflects on the way you look, not just your weight but also how your skin looks. So ‘yes’, healthy food has its contribution to the process of taking care of your beauty, and that’s a proven fact, not just an axiom.
Whole grains are the ones that can contribute to a more moisturized skin. These are known as unprocessed grains. For example, whole grain buckwheat serves as a source of antioxidant rutin that is good at fighting skin inflammations. Also, wheat germs contain B-vitamin biotin that helps cells process fats faster. Because of lack of biotin your skin can turn flaky and dry.
As opposed to processed carbohydrates, whole grains have the ability to improve complexion. Refined flour might be the reason behind increased acne since it might be the cause for an insulin spike. That’s why it’s better to use buckwheat, which might also prevent you from diabetes. Mushrooms and avocado have similar benefits.
Nuts are rich in vitamin E and can help you have a softer and younger-looking skin. Again, their antioxidant properties (the ones of almonds are remarkable) place them among the healthy foods that everyone has to consume. Vitamin E has enviable skin care properties: 1) it’s great against the free radicals that cause skin-aging; 2) it protects the skin from UV rays; 3) it contributes to the ability of the skin to stay moisturized for longer, thus making it look fresh.
Selenium in combination with vitamin E can improve that latter’s antioxidant abilities. So, you have to add some high in selenium cottage cheese in your shopping basket next time you decide to treat your skin well through the food you eat. Walnuts, pistachios and almonds contain omega-3 acids, which are favourable nutrients for a healthy skin.
Green or Red Vegetables
For smooth and glowy skin, go for to the rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A red and green vegetables. It turns out that skin is the largest organ in the body. It’s logical, but you probably never thought of it that way. Since, as everyone knows, vegetables are good for the body, and as skin is part of the body they are good for it as well. The ones coloured in green and red-orange shades (such as spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes) are believed to be the best.
The ones on the reddish-orange side are rich in beta-carotene. What it does it that once in the body, it is transformed into vitamin A that serves as an antioxidant, meaning that it prevents from wrinkles and other cell damages, as well as acne. As for the green vegetables, like leafy food, they provide vitamin A so that you skin can produce new cells and not look dry but young and glowy.
Know that too much vitamin A is not that healthy, so you better get it from food than from supplements.
You probably have already heard that citrus fruits contain vitamin C which gives their sour taste. But what it also can provide you with is taut skin, which is why a lot of body creams have it as an ingredient. Vitamin C helps the body produce collagen which, if you’re not familiar, is an essential skin structure protein. The lack of collagen after 35 is what makes skin look loose. Lemons, grapefruits, oranges, acerola cherries and tomatoes have plenty of vitamin C, meaning a tighter skin when consuming them. This vitamin also neutralizes free radicals that may cause premature aging.
Seafood contains a great amount of zinc and omega-3 fatty acid, which contributes for a smoother and clearer skin. We all know how fish is good for the health, but you didn’t know why exactly.
Inflammation, which is a cause for skin-aging, and skin dryness can be reduced when taking omega-3 through fish. Also, this acid helps the proper blood circulation which is of major importance for a healthy skin.
Zinc, on its part, is a great ally in fighting acne and production of new cells so that the skin looks clear of any spots and flakes.
Eat salmon and oysters specifically.
It can’t be stated for sure that Greek cuisine is the world’s healthiest, but it’s definitely among the healthiest. The well-known Mediterranean diet, whose main ingredient is fish, can be put into practice there without a question. Combine that with fresh fruit, leafy veggies, grains, olive oil, and high-fibre beans, and you’ll have tasty and healthy meals when you decide to visit the colorful destination Greece.
-Guest Post by Angela Harpert