What You’re Missing in Your Diet for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Having healthy, glowing skin doesn’t just come from what products you put on your body. It can also be helped (or hurt) by what food products you put in your body. After all, it’s true you are what you eat! Adding certain dietary components can help reduce acne, fine lines, discoloration and dullness. SO… let’s find out what you’re missing in your diet for healthy, glowing skin!

What You're Missing in Your Diet for Healthy, Glowing Skin

What You’re Missing in Your Diet for Healthy, Glowing Skin

There are plenty of products out there to help your skin, and we all have our favorites! But you are what you eat and making sure your body has the key nutrition components to assist in bringing out your healthy glowing skin is the first step you need to take if you are looking to improve your complexion. We’re deep diving into What You’re Missing in Your Diet for Healthy, Glowing SkinThe key components are highly alkaline foods, antioxidants, zinc, healthy fats, and hydration Adding them into your diet can help balance hormones and pH levels and build elasticity by replenishing skin cells all while promoting healthier skin.


Antioxidants

The main job of antioxidants is to fight free radicals, which are unstable molecules that naturally occur in your body that damage cells and cause disease and aging. Free radicals cause damage to your skin and accelerate aging because they attack healthy cells throughout your body. Antioxidants also help your skin maintain water content and elasticity.

Foods high in antioxidants:

  • Pecans
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Artichokes
  • Goji Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Carrots

Check out these recipes high in antioxidants:

Foods for healthy skin complexion

Alkaline Foods

All food products have a pH level, falling either on the acidic or alkaline end. Products that are highly acidic, such as sugar, greasy foods or alcohol, cause your bodies’ pH to be off balance. This can lead to dry, irritated, and sensitive skin. Acidic foods are everywhere and most people consume a fair amount of them everyday. To counteract that and balance your bodies’ pH, add in a fair share of highly alkaline foods.

Highly alkaline foods:

  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Yellow squash
  • Coconut water
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Grapefruit

Check out these recipes using high alkaline foods:

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Zinc

Zinc is essential for skin by aiding in the division of cells, which is the function responsible for creating new tissue. It also helps regulate overactive oil glands and decreasing clogged pores that lead to unwanted breakouts.

Foods high in zinc:

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Lean Red Meat (we always buy grass-fed meat)
  • Shellfish
  • Chickpeas
  • Eggs

Check out these recipes high in zinc:

Best foods for skin glow

Healthy Fats

Unsaturated fats help reduce redness and irritation, allowing the skin to look hydrated and firm. They do this by rejuvenating damaged skin cells and aiding in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Polyunsaturated fatty acids also protect the skin from sun exposure and help repair already damaged skin.

Foods high in healthy fats:

  • Avocados
  • Salmon
  • Grass-Fed Butter
  • Walnuts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Olive Oil
  • Full Fat Yogurt
  • Nut butters

Check out these recipes high in healthy fats:

Best foods for skin repair

Hydration

Water intake aids in excretion of wastes and toxins through your GI tract, kidneys and pores. Being hydrated reduces constipation in your GI tract, flushes your kidneys and increases overall water content throughout your body. When you are dehydrated, excretion of wastes and toxins is decreased through the GI tract, kidneys and pores. This leads to irritated and inflamed skin, clogged pores and acne. Long-term dehydrated skin also leads to a decrease in elasticity causing dull, dry and wrinkled skin. Drink water all throughout the day but also consume foods with a high water content.

Foods with high water content:

  • Watermelon
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Oranges
  • Cauliflower
  • Peaches
  • Lettuce

Check out these recipes high in water content:

Cucumber Water

Why You Should Care About Safer Skincare, Too!

Although your diet is extremely important to obtain glowing skin, what you are putting on skin is also very important. Decreasing skin irritability, reducing fine lines, and clearing acne is largely affected by your skincare routine. See our favorite safer, highly tested and regulated products here, and learn how to make your own body scrub here!


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Stay Healthy at the Beach

The weekend is here and beach season is upon us! All of you beach go-ers know that the food at the little beach stand is far from optimal; I mean it’s “bikini season” so you want to look and feel great, right? Processed foods and snacks loaded with refined sugars are not going to do it!  So, it’s important to be prepared.

Note: Don’t have a cooler? You can find a small carry-size cooler for $20 or less!

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Quick and Easy Meal Ideas:

Prepare chicken the night before and make lettuce wraps!

Sweet potato bun BLT “sandwiches”

Easy homemade chicken slaw (don’t forget your forks and napkins)

Easy chicken skewers (these are great for the beach)

Buffalo Chicken Burgers (wrap them in lettuce or serve with a healthy bread choice)

Snacks:

Make your own trail mix (raw nuts, organic raisins, dehydrated fruit)

Clean nutrition bars: Make your own homemade Lara bars (try it, it’s super easy!) or go with clean store-bought bars like Pure Bars and Quest Protein Bars.

Organic raw veggies (carrots, grape tomatoes)

Organic fruit skewers (skewers make it easy since you’ll be sandy)

Egg muffin cups

Organic corn tortilla chips & salsa

Organic air-popped popcorn

Beverages:

To start, you want to stay hydrated, so bring plenty of water (add some fresh lemon, too) and coconut water!

Other Essentials:

Napkins & Utensils (you can probably find there, but better to be safe)

Ice for your cooler

Sunscreen

A pair of sunglasses

Beach Towel

Beach Chair

Beach Umbrella

Lip balm

A book/magazine

Headphones

Hat

Change of clothes

Frisbee

Hair tie (ladies)