[infobox subtitle="Buh-bye Antibiotics, Salicylic Acid" bg="green" color="black" opacity="on" space="30" link="no link"]Clear Skin For The Win[/infobox] Here’s the hard truth: you are what you eat. Food, yes food, fuels the 100 trillion cells that make up our bodies. It is, by extension, responsible for our moods, energy levels, thinking capacities, sleeping habits, general health, and skin. You heard me the first time, skin. So while I’m all for topical solutions that help us keep our blemishes at bay, I’m much more interested in sharing with you a healthy diet alternative. Allons-y, bon appétit!
Watahhh, H2O, liquid life—whatever you call it—is key to young and healthy skin. While the amount you drink each day varies, presumably more for the heavier workout days, you should always plan to drink at least half a gallon or eight glasses of good clean water every 24 hours. Clean water, not soda, helps cells move nutrients in and toxins out. Seriously though, flush out them pimples. Proper hydration also helps the body sweat more efficiently which in turn makes for cleaner and clearer skin. Yay!
If you didn’t already know, green tea has anti-inflammatory properties and antibacterial content that reduces the overstimulation of skin hormones—nudge, nudge pimples. Whether it consumed or applied directly to the skin, green tea can reduce the premature aging of cells (caused by exposure to ultraviolet light) and can also treat, if not completely cure, breakouts.
Don’t let the name intimidate you. Selenium is simply a mineral found in whole-wheat bread, muffins, cereals, turkey, tuna, and Brazil nuts (among other foods). Studies have shown that people with higher levels of selenium are less likely to suffer from sun damage that often leads to skin cancer. Here's more incentive: filling your body with whole-grain products will leave less room for the breads, cakes, and pastas—"white" foods that gravely affect insulin levels. Remember, the higher your insulin level, the more you bloat and the more you breakout!
Healthy oils are those labeled cold pressed, expeller processed, or extra virgin. Unlike commercially processed oils, healthy oils retain all their nutrients because they are not exposed to added solvents or high temperatures. Two tablespoons a day—cooking, lathering, straight shots (I kid)—should be plenty for you to keep your skin all soft and lubricated.
Walnuts, flax seed, salmon, and canola oil are the perfect noms for healthy cell membranes—ya know, the barriers that protect each individual cell? Not to go all eight-grade biology but the cell membranes of each individual cell act as barriers and passageways for nutrients to cross in and waste produces to cross out of. This is IMPORTANT because cell membranes retain water. The stronger the membrane, the more moisture a cell holds. The more moisture a cell hold, the plumper and younger a person’s skin looks. Ding, ding, ding! Eat yo’ essential fatty acids, doe!
Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums are high in antioxidants. Antioxidant helps protect cells from damage and disintegration. Bada bing bada boom. Buh-bye premature aging.
Low-fat yogurt is not only brimming with vitamin A (the most important component to skin health) but it also has plenty of live bacteria that are godly for intestinal health. Normal digestion, oh yes, we just went there, will result in healthy-looking skin. All the more reason for you to do the doo-doo!
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