Whether you are looking to treat a particular skin problem or simply wanting to gain (or keep) that youthful glow, here’s a list of seven foods that can feed your skin from head-to-toe.
1. Seafood 3 times weekly. The key is omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, tuna, and mackerel have the highest amount. Studies show adding fish to your diet may help reduce the inflammation associated with psoriasis and even eczema.
2. Nuts, grains, seeds. A handful of walnuts gives you the same amount of omega-3 as 3.5 ounces of salmon. Flax seed sprinkled on cereal or used in muffins also offers a generous supply.
3. Olive oil. Your skin needs at least 2 tablespoons of oil a day for proper lubrication, be sure to douse your salad with olive oil daily, or use it in recipes in place of other fats.
4. Fruit. While all fruits are great for healthy skin, choose a variety. The recommended serving is two to four per day.
5. Vegetables. You just can't get enough of these and their powerful antioxidant benefits. Try lots of leafy greens, plus squash, pumpkin, and sweet potato for loads of vitamin A.
6. Whole-grain cereals and breads. The key here is to use these items to replace white flour and other refined baked goods and cereals in your diet, all of which are linked to an inflammatory reaction that can be harmful to skin.
7. Brazil nuts, tuna, and turkey. Studies show these selenium-rich foods can help reduce the inflammation associated with acne breakouts.