Eating healthy can have a plethora of beneficial effects on our bodies. Obviously, working out and eating right are the first steps to shedding unwanted pounds. Plus, we tend to just feel better when we fill our bodies with fruits and veggies instead of refined sugars and trans fatty foods. But the benefits don’t stop there — by eating a healthy and balanced diet, you can clear up unwanted skin problems like acne in a breeze!
Everyone’s heard the promises of salmon and omega-3 fatty acids, but those aren’t the only foods to focus on. By eating natural foods that prevent spikes in blood sugar that result in increased production of the pore-clogging hormone sebum, you’ll reap the benefits of clearer skin in no time! Focus on incorporating these into your diet:
- Whole grains. Steer clear of white breads and pastas, and go for all-natural whole grain foods that are full of fiber and antioxidants.
- Green veggies. Shoot for leafy greens like spinach and kale to combat inflammation.
- Dark purple and red foods (like pomegranates, beets, black grapes, and acai). It may sound odd, but these contain anthocyanins, which help maintain steady blood flow to the skin and keep cells healthy. They’re instrumental in cell turnover — the process of shedding dead skin cells and replacing them with younger cells — which is the key to keeping your pores clear.
- Green tea. The benefits of this superbeverage just keep on comin’. It’s full of antioxidants that can prevent inflammation and combat pimples.
- Foods rich in Vitamin A (an antioxidant that thins the part of the skin that produces lots of dead cells that clot pores). These include sweet potatoes, orange and red fruits and veggies like carrots, cantaloupe, and red bell peppers, and leafy greens.
- Foods rich in Zinc (a mineral that combats oil production). Try raw oysters, turkey, beef, and pork.
- Foods rich in Omega-3s. This is a no-brainer, but don’t forget! Fish and healthy oils like canola or soybean oil can do the trick. For an easy way to up your intake, sprinkle some flaxseed on yogurt or cereal during breakfast in the morning.
- H20 (obviously). Stay hydrated, and trade sugary drinks for a refreshing glass of water. Your skin will thank you for it!