You are what you eat. Your skin is a pathway for detoxifying, so all the sugar, refined foods, and toxins that your body needs to eliminate will exit through your skin. The natural sebum on our skin is antibacterial, so it will kill many pathogens that try to enter from the outside.
Boosting collagen production and fighting off free radicals that cause premature aging and cellular breakdown is a role of vitamin C. Vitamin C is better absorbed in the body by bioflavonoids, a class of phytonutrients, which happens to also be in foods containing vitamin C, like green tea, rose hips, skins of grapes, apples and onion, and pulp. Together, these nutrients inhibit the breakdown on vitamin C in the body to better preserve the structure of capillaries, promote circulation, increase collagen production, and protect the skin against free radical damage. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and is not stored for long in the body. Also, smoking, birth control pills and certain medications can deplete vitamin C in the body.
Each day when I am planning my meals, I take in to account my skin’s health. Including vitamin C, bioflavonoids, healthy fats for lubrication and an antioxidant supplement are all on my list. Here are some ways to get in high doses of antioxidants and optimize your skin’s health from the inside out:
- add red berries to smoothies
- reduce dairy products which can cause inflammation and skin disorders
- eat 1 salad a day
- cook with coconut oil or add a tablespoon to smoothies for skin lubrication
- include garlic, onion and red peppers into a few meals each week
- make red, frozen grapes your go-to snack
- flush the system with lemon water every morning when you wake
- include plenty of fibre in your diet to keep bowels regular, flush toxins, cholesterol, and excess hormones
- take a daily supplement containing vitamin D, B’s for brain health & mood, and water soluble vitamins that deplete each day
- eat more plants containing ALA, like broccoli
- eliminate sugar!