Doctors used to tell us that what you eat has no bearing on the condition of your skin. Now we know better. What you put into your body has an incredible impact on what surfaces onto your skin. Let’s talk about 4 vital nutrients your skin is thirsting for!
1) Water: this essential compound makes up roughly 60% of your body, and greatly influences the health of your skin. Did you know that drinking 2 cups of water a day increases blood flow to your skin? Drinking 9.5 cups per day actually alters your skin’s density and thickness? And having a diet consistent in adequate amounts of water helps to hide wrinkles and adds to the look of plump, healthy skin.
Check out this woman in the UK who drank 3 liters of water a day for 30 days - her before and after is insane!
2) Omega 3’s: found in cold water fatty fish, walnuts, and some seed and plant nuts, these essential fatty acids have amazing skin benefits. Let’s look at the top 3 ways your skin will thank you for upping your omegas:
Omega 3s fight acne: omegas are natural anti-inflammatories, and acne is often caused by inflammation (as well as often causes inflammation). Reduce inflammation, reduce acne. From fighting acne to protecting against sun damage, to helping skin conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis, to accelerating wound healing.
Omega 3s support skin conditions like dermatitis, ezcema, and psoriasis: omegas increase the moisture levels in your skin through improving skin barrier function and sealing in moisture. This helps relieve dry, red, itchy skin!
Omega 3s reduce sun damage: studies have shown that supplementing with omega 3’s increased resistance to sunburns by 136%!
3) Probiotics: your gut health is the foundation of your whole immune system, and as it turns out it plays a huge role in the health of your skin.
Probiotics are good bacteria that can be found in yogurt, kimchi, and other fermented foods, and help us ‘love our guts’. The gut-skin axis tells us that when you have an inflamed, out-of-balance gut, this often shows up on our skin via red, irritated, acne-laden skin, as well as skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Probiotics are a phenomenal way to tip your gut microbiome back in your favor, creating holistic skin health from the inside out.
4) Collagen: linked to anti-aging, skin elasticity, and youth, collagen is naturally abundant in our bodies until our late twenties. Once collagen starts to diminish, our skin stops ‘bouncing back’, looking firm and plump, and skin sags and wrinkles become more apparent. Good for us, consuming collagen is one way to ‘trick the clock’ and look lovely from the inside out!
TIPS FOR GETTING THE RIGHT STUFF IN:
For everyone: Drink half your body weight in ounces of water, every day! (so if you weigh 128 pounds, drink 64 ounces of water, or 8 cups).
For everyone: Eat two-three servings of cold water fatty fish like tuna or mackerel per week. Not a fish person? It’s ok - it’s easy to supplement with a high quality omega supplement - this one’s my personal favorite!
For those with systemic skin issues (dermatitis, psoriasis, body acne): Get your kombucha on, eat your yogurt, and probiotic it up! Once again, if you need a simpler path, here’s a power packed probiotic that’s great for on-the-go nutrition.
For anti-aging: Eating a diet with balanced proteins is a must, but for visible skin benefits you’ll definitely want a hydrolyzed collagen. Hydrolyzed collagen is broken down into smaller, more absorbable molecules and converted into peptides in your bloodstream, where they get carried to the skin and tissue that need them the most. I love hydrolyzed collagen both in a pill form as well as a berry flavored shot!