We know our diets have a massive impact on our organs but I feel like so many of us forget the biggest and most important organ of all, our skin.
What we eat has been scientifically proven to affect the health of our skin and the rate in which we age. Yes that’s right, your lunch could be adding YEARS onto your face. It’s only been in recent years that I‘ve truly begun to believe in health from the inside out and it’s amazing the difference this makes.
I’ve tried a lot of diets out there, no carbs, low fat, calorie counting etc. All of these diets can put a great deal of stress on the body and the skin as a result. Reading into just how affected our skin is by what we eat I quickly learned that one thing our diet does need (and I’ve only recently started to incorporate more of into my own diet) is FAT!
No, do not start reaching for a bag of crisps. I’m referring to what’s known as ‘good fats.’ If you’re unsure of what that actually means, here are some examples:
- Fatty fish, omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for skin health. They keep skin thick, supple and moisturised.
- Avocados. Another good choice for keeping your skin moisturised and flexible. There are some preliminary studies that have proven avocados to contain compounds that may help protect the skin from sun damage (I very much hope this is proven correct).
- Sweet potatoes. Now, these have been proven to be a fantastic source of beta-carotene, which acts as a natural sunblock.
- Broccoli. These tiny trees are filled with an array of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids all important to maintaining good skin health.
I try and incorporate as many of these foods (fish aside while I’m on a vegan challenge but I do take OMEGA supplements) as I can daily. Even if it is as simple as topping off a rice dish with seeds or ordering a side of broccoli while I’m out, I’m always trying to get these foods out of the fridge and onto my plate.
Historically, I didn’t have a great relationship with food and it’s taken a lot to get to where I am right now. Everyone that knew me back then, compared to now can vouch for the massive change in my personality and looks. I feel happier, I look healthier and I love getting creative in the kitchen.
My new obsession: PINEAPPLE!
Yes I’m now adding in pineapple whenever I get the opportunity and I’ve got to say, pineapple with my strawberries, yogurt and homemade granola is a delightful new twist. (homemade granola recipe from Naturally Stefanie)
Why my sudden interest in pineapple? Pineapples contain bromelain- a protein-digesting enzyme that is well know in the medical world for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. So all you runners out there treat yourselves to pineapple post run smoothies!
What’s your favourite beauty snack and why?