There are thousands of women looking for good skin foods. Why? Because our generation has learned over the past several years that there is a strong connection between food or health and beautiful skin. Thousands of women who have taken control over their health by changing their diet have seen a dramatic change in the look of their skin. Here are just some of the results they are seeing….
- A slimmer body
- Diminished puffiness in the face
- Smoother, clearer skin
- Better skin color
- Elimination of causes of premature aging
This is the first article in a series of articles that will open your mind to ways that you can improve your skin through proper diet. It’s not just about finding good skin foods; that’s easy. It’s far more important to eliminate specific foods from your diet. Eliminating certain foods from your diet takes quite a bit of self control however the benefits can be drastic.
One of the first simple steps you can take to improve the look of your skin is to change out some of the food you already eat. Upgrade your favorite staples that are depleted and unnatural to those that are full of natural ingredients that enhance your skin. And don’t just say “oh yea, I’ve heard that before.” These changes are vital to good skin health.
1. Buy only good, whole-grain bread. Remember, “wheat bread” is the same as white bread. Only 100 percent whole grain is the real thing. Look in the health food section of your grocery store for flourless bread or those with sprouted grains.
2. Do not buy canned fruit, fruit juices, or dried fruit. These products do not revitalize your body like fresh, whole, brightly colored fruits. Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cantalope, watermelon, plums, peaches and mangoes. Berries contain phytochemicals that beautify the skin making them one of the best skin foods available.
This was a difficult one for me as I was not brought up eating fruit, so I never acquired a taste for it. Over the past year, I forced myself to eat just one piece of fresh fruit daily whenever I had a craving for something sweet. It was not easy. Like I said, it may take some self control to grab the fruit from your fridge instead of a snack in the cabinet.
3. Instead of purchasing iceburg lettuce, canned veggies, potatoes and corn, buy dark leafy greens such as spinach or romaine, fresh peppers, broccoli, snow peas, asparagus, tomatoes and avocados. If you can’t buy fresh, than frozen is the next best choice.
4. Do not buy hydrogenated shortening, margarine, bottled salad dressing, and soy sauce. Switch these common staples with grape seed oil, extra virgin olive oil, roasted sesame oil and organic butter.
5. Buy organic plain yogurt, kefir, soy milk and natural cheese instead of conventionally produced milk products, sweetened yogurt and processed cheese.
These are just the first steps in the quest for good skin food. Once your body becomes accustomed to these small upgrades, it will start to demand them, and you will begin to see a drastic change in your health and skin.