by Mr. Spruce
As the old adage goes, you are what you eat. If this is true then it stands to reason that to have a knock-out complexion, you'll need to boost your intake of some foods whilst avoiding others. And since you're here, reading this article, it can be safely assumed that you have at least a passing interest in looking your best.
The good news is that you don't have to make any drastic changes to your diet, assuming you already eat fairly healthily. But a few tweaks here and there will make the difference between having a dull and lifeless look, and radiating good health, thus boosting your self-confidence.
First off, you need to eliminate the free radicals. These are chemicals that can wreak havoc on the cells in your body. They occur naturally and are even produced by your immune system to fight bacteria and viruses. But overloading your system with them, via pollutants, pesticides, cigarette smoke, sun exposure and alcohol, can mean wrinkles, dullness and early ageing for your skin.
So what can be done to neutralise these chemical bullies? First off, you need to pack your diet with foods rich in Vitamins C and E. Fancy a snack between meals? Reach for some raw almonds. These are rich in Vitamin E and are widely known as a “superfood.” That's because, in addition to boosting your complexion, they also help to keep your heart and digestive system in shape. Other foods that help fight free radicals include Vitamin C-rich red peppers, green tea, berries, Vitamin E-packed sunflower seeds, apples and even dark chocolate.
You can also improve your facial health by increasing your intake of salmon and other freshwater fish. These are generally rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which do wonders for your skin as well as your general health. The same goes for carrots, which have the added benefit of boosting your night vision. (Yes, really!)
For a face that’s prone to acne, a few simple dietary changes can reduce the chances of unsightly spots. Common sense and a healthy lifestyle mean you hopefully already avoid foods high in carbohydrates, refined sugar and fried/fast food (right?), but there's more you can do to fight pimples.
First up is Vitamin A, which is found in carrots, spinach, pumpkins, green veggies, low-fat dairy products as well as in many over-the-counter skin creams. Then there's salmon (again), plus foods rich in Vitamin E (again) as well as Zinc. Needless to say, keeping hydrated is also important in fighting acne, as well as for skin and general health. You might also want to opt for a Vitamin B5 supplement to top yourself up along the way.
It goes without saying that a glowing complexion is worth nothing if your hair's a mess, so you need to eat right for your hair as well. That means essential proteins like those found in chicken, turkey and beef, as well as the iron found in red meat and dark-green veggies, plus biotin, found in lentils eggs and brown rice. And if you're already eating the foods recommended for skin, you'll be getting many of the other necessary nutrients for healthy hair already
Lastly, a word about hair loss, which can ruin self-confidence. While it’s doubtful that diet alone can reverse that growing patch of bare bonce, there are some ways that you can slow the process. It's widely thought that a diet rich in low-fat proteins, iron, silica (found in cucumbers, red peppers and bean sprouts), Vitamin C, and pretty much all of the foods and supplements mentioned above will help you to stave off the ravages of time. Of course, you could always throw caution to the wind and reach for the clippers instead!
So there you have it. Eating well helps you look good. Who would have thought it, eh? Questions and comments are, as always, very welcome below. And don't forget to sign up to our mailing list for more awesome articles like this, funnelled directly into your brain...or inbox.
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