If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried countless creams, cleansers, pills, and other items in the hopes of having better skin. You might be surprised to know that some of the biggest improvements I’ve made with my skin can’t be attributed to any of those things. It actually wasn’t until I started making changes to my diet did I see drastic improvements.
I want to help you have healthier skin as soon as possible! Here are three small changes you can make to your diet starting right now to have healthier skin.
1- Eliminate Refined Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners.
As hard as it might be to completely eliminate refined sugars, try it out! Even after just a few days of not drinking soda you’ll notice your skin not being as puffy, you’ll have fewer breakouts, and overall your skin will look healthier and cleaner. Artificial sweeteners, like those found in diet sodas, can be be especially bad because they strip your skin of hydration. (dry skin anyone?)
If you manage to cut out sweets and sodas with refined sugars but still need to satisfy your sweet tooth, try drinking fresh pressed juices, kombucha, and kefir. There are also many options for candy made with natural organic sugars. Organic macaroons, sacred heart chocolates, and homemade treats with organic maple sugar or raw honey are my favorites!
2- Eat more Protein and Higher Quality Grains.
Many people don’t know this but your skin and hair are actually made up of different types of protein. Healthy proteins from animal and vegetable sources can go a long way in making your skin look better.
When it comes to meat, quality matters. Grass-fed beef, pasture raised chicken, and mercury free fish will give you the best results.
Got a craving for some bread? Go for the bread made with sprouted grains. Sprouted grains are organic grains that have been soaked in water releasing the phytic acid and making it easier for your body to break down and digest.
Green vegetables and other non-starchy vegetables will also help you have better skin. Try some arugula, spinach, or mixed greens.
3- Drink more Water.
It’s no secret that your skin cells are made up of water so it probably comes as no surprise that properly hydrating can help you achieve a healthy and blemish-free complexion. Water helps carry toxins out of the liver, flushes the kidneys, and supports the adrenal glands,all which contribute to healthy skin. Your skin is the last place in your body that water goes, so it is essential you drink enough!
Aim for around half your bodyweight in ounces each day, take small sips throughout the day, and drink the purest water you have available. Fun tip: add lemon essential oil to your water to make it taste great!
Bonus Tip: Follow a seasonal diet
This one is pretty simple. Eat foods when they are in season. By following a seasonal diet, you are working in tandem with nature and consuming the food that will optimize your skin’s natural properties. Eating more meats and soups in the winter is great! And then more salads and greens in the spring and summer will maximize your digestion. Eating berries and fruits and vegetables when they are ripe off the vine is great, too!
Now is the time to take action! Which of these changes will you make to your diet? Tell me in the comment section below!