So everyone’s heard the saying, ‘you are what you eat,’ right? But is it really a thing?
Can you literally eat your way to better looking, dewy AF skin?
To put it simply, YES you absolutely fking can!
We all know nutrition is imperative for improving your health and wellbeing. The truth is, an unhealthy diet can damage your metabolism, cause weight gain and even hurt organs, such as your heart and liver.
But what you eat also impacts your biggest organ — your skin.
As researchers learn more about diet and the body, it's increasingly clear that what you eat can significantly affect the health and aging of your skin! And while there are plenty of cosmetics that dub themselves as “skin food,” the truth is, the key to maintaining a healthy complexion doesn’t come from a bottle.
While it’s true, these cleansers and lotions do offer a topical fix—a beauty band-aid, if you will. The true key to gorgeous, hydrated skin comes from within, and it all starts with what’s on your plate!
So what the FK do I eat?
FitazFK’s 28 Day Guide has taken the guesswork out of it, providing you with foods that will not only optimise your body’s ability to flush your liver and kidneys as well as rid itself of nasty toxins, but keep your skin looking dewy and radiant.
During Phase 1 of the 28 Day Guide, your body will enhance its natural ability to cleanse and detoxify which is crucial for healthy weight loss, a healthy liver and kidneys as well as achieving that supple glow.
Check out our top 10 FitazFK approved foods that will nourish your skin from the inside out!
Fatty types of fish, such as salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce inflammation and keep skin moisturised! They’re also a good source of high-quality protein, vitamin E and zinc. Bonus: Salmon and tuna are great sources of vitamins D and B12, both major players in the good-skin game.
Swap out that coconut oil because Olive Oil is your new go-to. Did you know, about 75 percent of the fat in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids which have been proven to reduce photoaging or visible aging caused by the sun. Go oil-up team!
Avocados are high in beneficial fats and contain vitamin E and C, which are important for healthy skin. What’s more, is that they also pack compounds that may protect your skin from sun damage. Afterall, who doesn’t love some smashed avo?
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene; ‘beta- what?’, I hear you say. This super source acts as a natural sunblock and will protect your skin from exposed sun damage. So grab some sweet potato fries and watch that skin glow!
Nuts for beautiful skin! Almonds are your new best friend, why you ask? Other than killing your hunger pains with fiber, essential fats and protein, they are responsible for making your skin smooth and supple along with giving it a natural glow. Just one handful of almonds packs a serious punch of Vitamin E. One cup a day will keep the skin hydrated and further defend the skin against certain disorders like acne, eczema and dark spots.
Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C and contain all of the major carotenoids, including lycopene. Like sweet potato, tomatoes contain high levels of beta-carotene, as well as lutein and lycopene which have been shown to protect your skin against damage from the sun. Fun fact: Cooked tomatoes contain significantly higher levels of lycopene than raw ones! Go right ahead and scoop up that second helping of sundried tomato pasta.
Kale smoothies, kale chips, kale ice-cream (yup, that’s a thing). Kale is EVERYWHERE these days, and for good reason! Just one cup gives you 134% and 133% of your daily value for skin-firming vitamin C and D, respectively. Don’t knock it until you try it, get on the Kale bandwagon for supple looking skin.
Forget the sunscreen—pack a bar of chocolate in your beach bag. Yes, that’s right; according to a study from the Journal of Nutrition, women who drank cocoa fortified with a chocolate bar’s worth of flavanols had better skin texture and stronger resistance to UV rays! Just be sure to choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa in order to maximise the benefits and keep your added sugar to a minimum!
While it’s not technically a food, it will perfectly complement any diet – especially if skin health is what you are after. The catechins found in green tea are powerful antioxidants that can protect your skin against sun damage and reduce the signs of redness as well as improve its hydration, thickness and elasticity.
Resveratrol, the famous antioxidant found in red wine, has the ability to slow your skin’s aging process by impairing harmful free radicals that damage your skin. So go on, have that glass- wine not!
Bottom line, food has a big impact on your overall skin health and it’s imperative you’re getting enough essential nutrients to protect it. After all, who likes wrinkles and age spots? We sure AF don’t!
The foods on this list and in our guides are great options to keep your skin looking healthy, strong and radiant.
So what are you waiting for? Get yo glow on, it’s time to shine!