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Beauty is more than skin deep; the saying goes further than just owning outer beauty. Rather than just taking care of your skin topically, there are tons of good things that can result from taking a food-based approach to skin care. It offers a wide range of benefits, from disease prevention to improved digestion and overall holistic health. On this week's journal, we will share a few tips that you can find useful to take care of your skin from the inside out.
1. Balance your body pH
pH imbalance in the body can trigger skin conditions, including acne. An acidic pH in the body has been linked to many different conditions including fatigue, poor digestion, osteoporosis, and inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Therefore, it's important to reduce acid-forming foods intake, such as dairy, sweets, alcohol, coffee/caffeine, and too much protein. Instead, opt for more alkaline foods such as leafy greens, lemons, cucumbers, parsley, and celery can help to balance out our pH to be less acidic.
2. Cut back on sugar intake
Eating too much of simple carbs and sugary foods can create an overgrowth of yeast or bad bacteria inside the body. It can also contribute to acne because of the hormone insulin. When our insulin levels is imbalanced, it creates a hormonal issues which can result in acne and skin problems. Therefore, cuting sugar and processed carbs out of your diet can benefit your skin and energy levels altogether.
3. Consume only healthy fats
Redness and swelling in the skin can be an indication that the body is inflamed. Trans fats and oils found in fried and packaged foods promote inflammation in the body. Getting plenty of the right kinds of healthy fats can help to prevent acne and inflammatory skin issues, including olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, nuts, and omega 3 rich seeds such flax, and chia seeds. Also, fatty fish like salmon and fish oil are high in omega 3 and will help to reduce inflammation.
4. Detoxify your body
As our body’s largest organ, our skin is an important part of our overall detoxifying system aside from the liver, kidneys and lungs. The body needs to process and remove toxins, therefore reducing the intake of processed food and increasing the intake of fiber help usher out the toxins from the body.
5. Make sure to get enough vitamin & mineral, as well as supplements
Obviously, eating a diet of processed foods will cause your body to lack in vitamins and minerals. Therefore, regularly consuming organic produce and taking high quality, natural supplements can help. Below are some key vitamins and minerals that are known to help skin:
• Vitamin A – reduces sebum production and strengthens the skin’s surface. Food sources: sweet potatoes, spinach, and broccoli.
• B-complex Vitamins – studies show that high doses of vitamin B5 can resolve acne problems and decrease pore size. It is recommended to take the full complex of B Vitamins together. Food sources: meat, sunflower seeds, broccoli, squash, mushrooms, avocado.
• Vitamin C – is important for tissue growth, repair, and collagen production. Also important in free radical damage prevention and promotes healing. Food sources: red peppers, oranges, strawberries, broccoli.
• Zinc – helps regulate the activity of your oil glands, boosts collagen production, helps with wound healing, and helps to prevent free radical damage and prevent scarring. Food sources: oysters, cashews, sesame seeds, cacao.
Last but not least, consuming natural supplements can also be hugely beneficial for your skin. Our Relief Sari range has Kulit Manggis to answer your needs for a healthy, glowing skin from the inside. Rich with antioxidant and antibacterial properties, this naturally-extracted herbal supplement can also aid your immunity and protect your overall health.