Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we could take a little pill, and poof!, we had healthy skin? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. And please trust me, that’s NOT called an antibiotic…because antibiotics are not the “little pill” answer to healthy skin. Stay tuned, and I’ll tell you everything I’ve learned and gone through with antibiotics.
Our diet plays a critical role in maintaining clear and healthy skin, as acne is a result of blood sugar problems and chronic inflammation. So, we want to eat whole foods low in sugar. What causes inflammation in the body? High acidity. So we also want to eat alkaline foods, the opposite of high-acidity foods.
And yes, life can still be delicious, don’t worry. You’re not doomed.
Let’s start here! 11 foods to eat for clear and healthy skin:
- Leafy greens: alkalizing and promote less potent forms of estrogen (most often a hormonal imbalance is linked with acne and other skin problems).
- Beets: support the liver’s ability to detoxify and process inflammation, provide the body with antioxidants to scavenge free radicals, and protect the gut ecology and intestinal barrier with healthy fiber.
- Berries: low sugar and high fiber fruit, packed with antioxidants.
- Walnuts: omega-3s, reduce inflammation and balance insulin (also huge for preventing acne!)
- Oats: high in fiber and full of silicon–because of the silicon, it keeps the elasticity in the skin, keeping it firm and slows down aging.
- Avocadoes: help stabilize blood sugar. Has anti-estrogen properties to balance hormones, and have calming minerals for the skin, like potassium, magnesium and calcium.
- Salmon, sardines and anchovies: DMAE is an ingredient found in these fish that protects the skin.
- Grapefruit: high in Vitamin C, one of the most important vitamins for healthy skin.
- Oysters: has antioxidant properties and is high in zinc, which allows for skin repair by producing collagen.
- Tomatoes: contain the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes prevent premature aging and help to protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun).
- Eggs: contain two key nutrients that are vital to skin health–choline and lutein. The first builds up the fatty portions of cell membranes that are responsible for healthy, smooth skin. Choline also regulates the levels of the B vitamins in our bodies which are needed to produce the proteins that keep skin firm and smooth, collagen and elastin. Lutein is an antioxidant that protects the elasticity of the skin and prevents skin damage.
Where are you going to start? How about some poached eggs topped with fresh avocado in the morning? A salad with beets and walnuts for lunch? Baked salmon with a side of leefy greens for dinner?