Everyone knows the easiest way to stay healthy is to eat right, because when you eat healthy, you look healthy. But did you know your diet can affect not just your general well-being, but your complexion, too? Your skin can serve as a good indicator of your overall health, and some skin afflictions can actually be remedied with a change in diet. Here are some common skin symptoms paired with foods shown to help.
Symptom: Pale, pasty skin
Food: Try eating iron-rich foods like mussels to give you a boost of color. Also, try eating foods rich in cartenoids. Cartenoids are pigments that are stored beneath the skin in the top layer of fat. Foods like apricots, papaya and mangoes can give you a youthful, rosy glow. You can also get glowing skin by eating foods rich in antioxidants. The four foods with the highest amounts of antioxidants are blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and plums.
Symptom: Wrinkles and fine lines
Solution: Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help hydrate the skin and reduce fine lines by plumping up cellular membranes. Try eating flaxseed, salmon, and walnuts. Also, try eating foods rich in vitamin C, like sweet potatoes and oranges, which is essential for the body to produce collagen.
Symptom: Sun damage
Solution: Protect your skin against further sun damage by eating foods high in selenium. Selenium is a mineral that can protect against UV rays that cause skin cancer. Drink green tea or eat whole wheat breads, tuna, and brazil nuts.
Solution: Dead cells and sebum can clog pores on the outer layer of skin, resulting in breakouts. Eating foods rich in vitamin A can keep cells from overproducing and can help clear up breakouts. A well-known food high in Vitamin A is carrots.
A nutritious diet will not only make you feel better, but you will look better, too. Dr. Zimmet at Zimmet Vein & Dermatology is available to help you achieve your ideal skin image, so if you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned previously in this blog and would like to consult with a dermatologist, contact us today.