We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat,” and for the most part, studies have shown that to be true on a few different levels. Our nutrition affects our physical health, of course, as well as our mental health and well-being. It shouldn’t be too much of a stretch, then, to assume that what we eat affects the health of our skin as well.
Those of us with inflammation and acne are particularly sensitive to the diet-skin connection. Unfortunately, the average American diet doesn’t do anything but exacerbate that problem. Fast food, junk food, sugary foods, processed foods- all are culprits for aggravating acne-prone skin.
But can we heal our skin with diet as well? The short answer is yes, and the foods recommended for clear skin aren’t too surprising:
We’ve talked about the benefits of tea for skin health before. Green tea is rife with the antioxidants your skin needs to protect against environmental toxins and stressors.
Foods High in Omega 3’s-
Walnuts, flaxseed, fatty fishes such as sardines and salmon are all excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids- which help keep inflammation and breakouts under control.
Foods High in Zinc-
Studies suggest that zinc may help tame acne. While zinc supplements are available, too much daily can result in unwanted side effects.
That’s why zinc is much better obtained through diet. Foods like roasted pumpkin, dried seeds, toasted wheat germ, oysters, and roast beef are all excellent sources of natural zinc.
Fruits and Veggies (Of Course!)
No surprise that a diet consisting of a bunch of fruits and vegetables can be a great source of acne relief and prevention. Any fruits and veg will do, but especially foods with beta-carotene (carrots, pumpkin, etc.), and dark leafy greens are great. Foods containing phytonutrients are acne-fighters too. Foods such as dark berries, orange and yellow fruits and veg, and foods in the garlic, onion, leek family are all great sources of phytonutrients.
Another connection we’ve been shouting to the rafters from the beginning! Pre and probiotics reduce gut inflammation and oxidative stress, which helps banish acne. What to eat for more probiotics? Kombucha tea, yogurt, kefir, dark chocolate, miso soup, tempeh, pickles, and kimchi, to name a few.
We firmly believe in the benefits that pre and probiotics have for healthy skin, both consumed in a healthy diet and applied topically. This is why we started LaFlore® Probiotic skin care to begin with!
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