What Are The Very Best Foods For Clear Skin?
I receive this question a lot.
Before giving you the list of the best foods for clear skin that no dermatologist will give you, you should know just what a huge advantage you will have by simply knowing the very basics of your skin and how the food you eat affects it.
Your skin is made up of trillions of cells and is a complex matrix consisting of a network of…ah forget it; just remember it is made up of lots of cells!
These skin cells eventually die and new cells are formed but they can only form from the materials available to them.
So if you supply them with top quality materials then that will reflect in your skin and vice versa – if you neglect them and just put in your body any junk; then it will inevitably show as well.
Pretty simple, right?
That’s at the very basic cellular level and if you keep that in mind, then other things start taking care of themselves.
For example, it’s common knowledge in the natural health sphere that bad skin is directly tied to how healthy or unhealthy your liver is.
Jaundice, sunspots and the like all are as a result of poor liver health.
Thing is though, you can’t just detox and clean out your liver without also cleaning up anything else as a result of putting cleaner fuel into your body.
It’s a bit like digestion – you do it subconsciously and you can’t pick and choose when and how it’s done. Your body just knows what to do.
Similarly, if you eat these terrific foods that happen to be cell cleansers and regenerators, not only your liver but all your organs, muscles, bones and entire body is going to benefit.
1. Your berries are the holy grail of skin nutrition. The wilder, more organic the better. Go crazy on them whenever you get the chance – blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, mulberries, strawberries, goji berries, barberries and the one berry to rule them all – the wild blueberry and…any other berry you can get your hands on. Here’s an actual study done on barberries (you can get them here) and acne :
Berries are not only brimming with incredible nutrition for your skin but are powerful hormone and gland balancers.
The nutrients that give berries their vibrant colors do wonders inside your body.
They are brimming with antioxidants which your body uses as an active defense by feasting on free radicals and lowering any oxidative stress.
What this means is the antioxidants in berries gobble up any atoms that have a negative effect on the your cells keeping them clean and healthy!
The more berries, the more antioxidants, the less skin damage = healthy skin.
2. Your water rich fruits come in closely at number 2.
This includes any and all fruits that have a high water content like grapes, watermelons, cantaloupe and other melons, oranges, mandarins, tangerines, apples, mangoes, peaches, nectarines, plums, pomegranate, persimmons and any other “juicy” fruit. You can also throw in your light, watery “veggie fruits” like cucumber and tomatoes (uncooked) in here as well.
This is the most beneficial sugar and water you can put inside your body.
These fruits are densely packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that penetrate your cells deeply, clean and hydrate them.
They are considered astringents; meaning they like to pull waste out of cells.
These are your prime cleaners and you should always start your day on these kinds of fruits where possible.
You will also notice since they are high in water, you barely need to drink as much water to feel quenched.
Watermelon especially is notoriously water rich and if you eat enough of it, you will need a bathroom break or two.
Just keep going on watermelon when you can because this overlooked sea of goodness deeply hydrates you down to the cell level as well as nourishing your cells with essential sugars; their primary fuel.
3. You then have your other “heavier” fruits like bananas, dates, avocados, coconut and the like.
These are denser fruits so they won’t detox or clean as much but they are jam packed with essential fats and minerals and nourish your skin like nothing else will. It’s not a coincidence all the major skin and hair products proudly announce they contain one or more of these ingredients in them as they are well aware of just how good they are. I say ditch the store bought chemical mixes and go straight to the fruit!
4. Following closely behind are your leafy greens like dandelion, parsley, spinach, lettuce, etc.
Foods rich in chlorophyll (a plant’s life force) do the body wonders by infusing essential minerals, alkalizing the blood and providing all of the essential amino acids which are the building blocks to basic life. They also help purify the liver and kidneys, remove deep, hard to remove mucous and help give your skin a vibrant glow.
5. Fat rich nuts and seeds like flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, cashews, etc. These are loaded with fatty acids crucial for healthy skin but because they are so dense, don’t overload on these. Eat them sparingly, sprinkle them onto your salads or smoothies or even as snacks as they are much richer foods and can cause some discomfort in folks who are used to a high fruit and veggie diet. However eaten right, they are absolutely incredible foods for your skin and give it a visible plumpness you can feel.
Are There Specific Foods I Should Focus On?
Aside from berries and water rich fruits, the following foods have a special place when it comes to fighting acne because they are either excellent hydrators, cleaners (or both!) as well as antifungal and antimicrobial by nature:
- Wild blueberries
These foods are particularly potent when fighting advanced cases of chronic acne as well as clearing up minor traces or blemishes.
By opening the blood vessels and increasing circulation to the various areas of the body, your skin will be able to receive vital nutrients faster thereby looking radiant and give you that “glow’ that’s so frequently mentioned.
Do I Still Need Lots Of Water?
As far as hydration goes, I’ve never subscribed to the drink 8 glasses of water a day idea because if you are eating a high water rich fruit diet, you
already have adequate water levels and hydration.
In other words, drink when you’re thirsty.
Your body has a thirst mechanism for a reason.
Of course if you’re doing strenuous exercise in sweltering conditions you need to adjust for that but under normal circumstances, don’t drink just for the sake of it if you don’t feel thirsty.
You’re overloading your kidneys for no particular reason.
So there you have it folks – the list that will make some serious improvements all over your body.
Start introducing these superb five foods into your diet until they form most of it and watch your skin and overall health skyrocket.
One final but absolutely critical thing you should be aware of – these powerful foods – especially the berries and water rich fruits are going to stir up a lot of old waste within you.
As a result, it’s quite common for people to start showing cold and flu like symptoms and feel all the symptoms that come with a common cold like headaches, runny nose, muscle aches and the like.
This is simply a lot of stagnant, acidic waste finding its way out of your body.
The more toxic a person is, the longer this may go on.
Don’t panic and stop and claim these incredible foods are making you sick – they are cleaning you out and you need to persevere for the next day or so until it passes.
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