30 Jan How To Get Glowing Skin Naturally
The food that you eat builds the cells that you live in. So without doubt what you are consuming has a huge impact on your skins health. Not only that what you put on your skin is absorbed within seconds, so attention needs to put into not only what you put in your mouth but also what you put on your skin.
The other thing to understand is that you are only as healthy as what your body is able to absorb and assimilate. Your body doesn’t care how many or how expensive that latest supplement is, if you aren’t able to absorb it, your body will not be able to use it.
This is why in order to get your skin glowing from the inside out, you have to think about the inside first. If you have problems with your skin such as acne, dermatitis, dryness, spots, rashes its important to know that these are symptoms. Symptoms of an underlying issue. If you just treat the symptoms with topical creams and potions you may or may not get some relief but it will always raise its ugly head again. In order to get on top of your skin issues you have to get to the root cause of why they are there in the first place. This is why you need to address digestive health and ensure your body is able to absorb nutrients from the food that you are consuming. It is then that you are able to provide your body with amazing nutrient dense food that makes your skin glow from the inside out.
Here is a list of my top places to start when it comes to glowing skin
1. Eat a whole real food diet
Remove packaged processed foods, refined sugars and additives. These foods disrupt the micro-biome of your gut, they can cause a decrease in good bacteria and an overgrowth of bad. Along side that these foods promote the growth of fungus and parasites. Many skin problems are linked to an overgrowth of bad bacteria and or fungal infections. Both of which begin in the gut.
2. Consume fermented vegetables and drinks
Promote the growth of good bacteria and the healing of your digestive tract by consuming plenty of fermented vegetables and drinks such as kimchee, sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha. Rotate between different products to ensure you are getting a variety of beneficial bacteria for your body.
3. Take a look at the products you are putting on your skin
If you wouldn’t eat it, then leave it off your skin. Know what you are putting on your body, look at the ingredients on the bottles. Get to know what they are and if you don’t know what they are, leave it off your skin. I prefer to use oils such as coconut oil, jojoba oil and essential oils on my skin. Check out my post I did here on these and how I care for my skin daily.
4. Eat good quality fats
Healthy skin needs good quality fats in your diet. Remove trans fats and highly processed vegetable oils and make sure when you use good quality oils you treat them with care. Some oils don’t do well with high heats and this causes them to go rancid and oxidize. So instead of helping you age slower, they help you age faster! Instead consume oils that are as close to its natural form as possible. I like to use coconut oil, butter, and ghee for cooking. Then avocado oil and raw nuts and seeds at cold temps (don’t eat roasted nuts and seeds as the oil gets oxidized with heat)
5. Eat foods rich in zinc.
Zinc is a very important mineral to consume in your diet. It is great for overall health and well-being as it is part of hundreds of enzymatic reactions within our body. Zinc in particular is very important for skin health so ensuring you are getting zinc into your diet will help with your skin health. I add brazil nuts to my daily smoothie to ensure I am getting enough zinc.
6. Eat foods rich in vitamin A.
Vitamin A is apart of optimal cell growth and regeneration. This plays an important role as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. It helps balance skin inflammation and reduce redness. Beta-carotene is the vitamin A pigment found in many fruits and vegetables, while retinoic acid is found in animal meats. I also consume daily fermented cod liver/butter oil blend which is high in both A, D and K.
7. Eat foods rich in vitamin K and most importantly K2
Vitamin K2 is what helps vitamin A be used by the body. Foods like kale, herbs, brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli are all high in vitamin K. The key also however is to get K2 into your diet which is found in animal products and most importantly good old butter. So I ensure I use butter daily along side my sunshine and vitamin A rich foods. Read up on this here
8. Eat foods rich in vitamin D and ensure I am getting adequate sunshine
The combination of vitamin A, D and K are like your skins favorite friends. Getting these three into your diet is a must for glowing healthy skin. Each of these work together to help the other be absorbed and assimilated. Taking one without the other isn’t going to have the same results as taken all three. The best form of getting all three into your diet is by eating a whole real food diet. Add to that a daily dose of sunshine and you have a great recipe for success.
There you have a great starting place for getting glowing skin. The key is basing your diet off real whole food and taking care of your inside first by taking care of your gut health. Inside the online gym we have got a whole series of articles dedicated to skin health and DIY beauty regimes. Learn how you can create glowing skin from the inside out by getting your nutrition and digestive health right. Learn more about the online gym here