Food for Clearer Skin – Here at Bodeoo we are all about embracing your flaws, but there are some things we would just rather do without. Acne is more than a cosmetic blemish – it is a reflection on your overall health. What we consider beautiful is often a reflection of physical traits associated with good health, and clear skin is a perfect example of this. If you struggle with breakouts, don’t rely solely upon expensive face creams. They are certainly an important piece of the puzzle, but equally important is your diet.
Health professionals chastise us for our consumption of processed food due its negative impact on our overall health. These food products are fine in moderation, but many of us consume them in excess. Many people count calories in an effort to maintain good health and weight. While overall calories undeniably affect these things, it is most certainly not the paramount variable in achieving these goals. You should aim to include foods with high nutritional density. If you stick to this goal your body will naturally regulate your hunger cues to ensure that you do not overeat.
You dont have to be a health expert to pull this off, the guidelines are quite simple: anything that has grown or lived has a higher nutritional density. Fruits, vegetables, meat, and nuts are examples of such foods. The importance of dairy is disputed in the health community due to numerous studies that have linked high dairy consumption with osteoporosis, but everyone agrees that calcium is essential. Did you know that one cup of unsweetened almond milk gives you twice the amount of calcium as the same volume of milk?
Another reason dairy is disputed is due to the prevalence of dairy allergy in the United States. Many people live for years with undiagnosed food sensitivities. Dairy and gluten are the most common culprits, but you can be allergic to almost anything. Talk to your doctor about food allergy testing, and be sure to look into the different types of allergy tests available. If you don’t want to pay for testing, try an elimination diet.
While all ‘whole foods,’ as they are called, have health benefits, certain ones stand out as skin superstars.
Food for clearer skin:
1) Chia Seeds – If you like boba tea then you will love chia! Chia seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, an important building block of clear skin. Many experts tout fish oil as the preferred source of Omega-3’s, but we can’t all afford fish or fish oil supplements that have been third party tested for environmental contaminants. You dont have to worry about that with chia seeds! They are delicious in smoothies, hot cereal, and yogurt. Find them at your local health food store.
2) Sunflower Seeds – Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is essential for acne sufferers because it can help prevent scarring. Sunflower seeds are a great swap for your late afternoon salt cravings, and you can grab them at any grocery store, health food store, or gas station. If sunflower seeds aren’t up your alley, try almonds and spinach.
3) Brazil Nuts – Just one brazil nut contains your daily selenium requirement. Selenium is vital for a number of reasons, but it has a great impact on your skin. Its effect in killing free radicals is amplified when paired with vitamin E. While selenium is important, dont overdue it! Too much of it can affect your thyroid, which is responsible for your hormonal regulation. If you can’t stomach brazil nuts munch on seafood or barely. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, sunflower seeds are another great source.
4) Fat is a Great Food for Clearer Skin – You may have noticed that all three of my food recommendations are high in fat. Don’t fret! Not all fat is “bad” fat, its actually great food for clearer skin. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and Omega-3’s are linked to fewer incidences of whitehead and blackhead outbreaks. For that reason, avocado’s are the final skin food on our list thanks to their high EFA content. Also keep in mind that carb cravings are often due to a lack of fat in your diet.
Sassy and classy Samantha