What you eat affects your health which includes the health of your skin. Nutrients contained in your food are responsible for the maintenance of your skin. Here are some foods that will improve the complexion, texture and health of your skin and giving you that glow.
Drinking enough water will cause extra lubrication on your skin so it is rarely dry. Water also helps the ejection of waste products and toxins trapped in the cells. Drink at least one litre of water daily to flush out toxins, lower the temperature of the body, and improve the health and physical appearance of your skin
Avocados also contain essential fatty acids, many vitamins and minerals that have beneficial effects on the skin’s health including; Vitamin C and Vitamin E; an anti-oxidant is responsible for protection from sun rays and other external factors. Slices of Avocado can be included in salads or eaten after peeling.
Sweet Potatoes (Dankali)
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene and vitamin A. Eating sweet potatoes help protect the skin from harsh sun rays.
Lean meat and poultry (Nama de Kaza)
These protein meals also contain minerals like zinc and iron which contributes to improved health and blood production. The protein also repairs worn tissues rapidly making you healthier and stronger.
These nuts contain many essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6 more than any other nut. They also contain selenium, Zinc, vitamin E and vitamin C which are important to your skin’s health. Eating walnuts prevents the skin from inflammation and irritation
Citrus fruits (Lemu)
These contain large amounts of vitamin c, an important ingredient in the production of collagen. The structure of the skin is made from collagen so eating these fruits makes the it stronger and healthier.
Salmon, Mackerel and other fatty fish (Kifi)
They contain omega 3 fatty acids that keep the skin supple and moisturized. The fatty acids can reduce rashes, acne and all inflammations. These fish also contain zinc and iron. High protein content makes you look continually fresh and strong.
This cereal offers protein and other nutrients which regulates the secretion of certain hormones. Oatmeal help reduce the intake of heavier carbohydrates and it prevents the emergence of pimples
Things to remember when you begin a skin therapy
It is important to note that what we put in our body is reflected on our skins. While you begin to include some of these foods in your diet to improve your health, remember to stay away from processed food, fast food, and heavy carbohydrates and sugary food. These refined carbohydrates are converted to glucose in the bloodstream forcing your body to release hormones that may lead to pimples. If it possible to replace sugar in cereal and tea with chopped fruits, this would be good for you
Some other things to do to improve the health of your skin
- Have a good skin care routine with quality products. Body soap, moisturizer, cream and ointments must be applied regularly on the skin surface
- Shower regularly
- Practice yoga
- Exercise daily to burn excess energy and maintain physical fitness.
Remember that the journey to good and healthy appearance is not an easy one. It may take up to six weeks after a change in diet and lifestyle before there any significant changes in complexion or skin health is noticed.