Is your poor diet helping or hurting your complexion?
Believe it or not, the food you put in your mouth is as important as the products you apply to your body when you’re talking about skin care.
What you eat is not just a part of building your inner body, it effects the exterior body as well. The more nutritionally sound your food choices, the better your skin will look and feel.
If you’re interested in having a glowing, radiant complexion it will begin with a diet of whole foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and water. Try it and see for yourself; what healthy eating does for your skin is incredible!
As you age the texture of your skin changes. It naturally loses its youthful layer of fat and sooner or later you will begin to experience sagging, wrinkling and the much-dreaded appearance of crow’s feet.
In the digestion of food, it gets broken down and is used to build and fuel your body. If you are eating too sparingly or consuming highly processed foods your skin won’t be receiving the nutrients it needs to stay as strong and supple as it could be. Starve your skin long enough and it will soon begin to be visible.
Good nutrition will start with smart choices at the grocery store. Be sure to eat from a wide variety of whole, nutrient rich foods that you prepare at home. It is the foundation of a healthy, balanced diet and will be your catalyst for change.
The bottom line is if you buy good food, you’ll eat good food. If you buy junk food, you will eat junk food. Your choices will be noticeable. What are the skin care results you’re looking for?
Water is your body's principal chemical component. Making up to approximately 65% of your weight, water is involved in every type of cellular process in your body.
Hydrating your body with a sufficient amount of water throughout the day helps flush out toxins that can cause skin problems. Additionally, when your skin cells aren’t sufficiently hydrated it is less resilient and elastic and the appearance of your complexion will suffer.
Helping to moisturize your skin from the inside out, water is essential for skin metabolism—ensuring that your cells self-exfoliate, repair, and regenerate.
Too much salt may leave your face looking puffy and bloated. Because the skin around the eyes is so thin, it swells easily and can cause you to develop bags under your eyes.
As well, excess sodium can have the opposite effect and lead to your body getting dehydrated and turning it dry; making it red, irritable, and patchy over time. When your skin becomes dehydrated, fine lines are more noticeable and overall skin color may be lifeless.
While you’re likely to be aware of the after-effects of consuming too much sodium in your diet to your inner being, you can see how it can disturb the outer fabric of your body as well.
What you put on your plate is as important as what you put on your skin.
Because your skin is built from the inside out, it will draw its healthy glow from good nutrition; looking better from the constant influx of vitamins, minerals and water. Therefore, the old saying you are what you eat has never been more appropriate.
Be patient. Don’t expect miracles overnight when you first begin to make dietary changes. The visible benefits of your food choices will take time. It may be eight weeks or more for new skin cells to regenerate and emerge to the surface.
Begin today and experience the changes for yourself. What healthy eating does for your skin is incredible!
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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