Your skin is a visible reflection of your body’s health, so improving your internal systems with the right nutrition can help you to improve your skin’s appearance, and help you to feel great.
A good diet consisting of fresh, untreated foods is essential for the health of your entire body, not just your skin. One of the most important nutrients for the skin is water. Here is a simple way to put it -imagine a balloon filled with water – taut and firm to touch. Allow some of the water out and the balloon will shrink, it may even become a little shrivelled. Deprive a skin cell of water and it will produce a similar result. Without adequate water, the cells of your skin (and of your whole body) cannot repair and regenerate and they also cannot clear waste products which build up in the cells and the blood. Another essential nutrient for healthy skin is essential fats. The skins needs a regular supply to stay smooth and supple. Antioxidants are also important – if you don’t get enough, your skin cannot protect itself from sun damage and pollution.
So, as the summer holidays draw closer, make sure that you don’t “let go” and end up with problem skin when you should be feeling and looking rejuvenated. Here are some tips to eating yourself beautiful;
1. Drink more water and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Limit your intake of sugary foods, refined carbohydrates (white bread etc.) and anything fried.
3. Eat more antioxidant-rich foods such as carrots, pumpkin, watercress, berries, broccoli, fish and seafood.
4. Boost your intake of essential fats that help to keep your skin soft and supple – so eat a handful of unsalted nuts and seeds each day and have oily fish a few times a week.
5. If you experience other health issues – particularly with digestion or hormone balance – these can manifest in skin problems, so don’t ignore them – go see a doctor.
Patrick Holford’s Get up and Go Shake is a perfect breakfast option for the summer holidays -It is packed with essential fats, vitamins and minerals and mixed with a glass of water, it’s great for your skin!