For the last three days on my Instagram (@lizzyrosenutrition), I have dedicated each day to a different skin and nutrition topic.
I received such great direct messages that I have decided to turn it into a blog post summing up the three different subject areas I have discussed over the last three days!
I love the subject of skin and nutrition, so much so I am currently in the process of writing a book dedicated to acne and diet summing up everything I have learnt from both my experience in the beauty and health industry.
Our skin is our largest organ and 25% of all bodily waste exits out body via the skin. When you look down at your feet, toes, legs, arms, hands…what is it all made from? The foods and drinks we consume!
# 1. BROMELAIN
Pineapple is such a delicious tropical fruit that also has incredible beauty benefits. It is a major dietary source of bromelain, a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling enzyme. One study even found it can be significant in reducing sports injuries.
We are becoming more and more aware the health of our digestive system has a direct impact on our skin, mood and overall health. Bromelain is an enzyme that helps in the digestion of proteins and helps your body absorb nutrients more efficiently.
It is in fact only available in natural form from pineapples so I guess we are in luck that they are so tasty but also so good for us.
# 2. HYDRATION
Dehydration can often lead to dry skin, wrinkles, skin problems, brittle hair, lack of energy and can lead to our organs not working efficiently.
Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods there is and it can prevent harmful fluid imbalances.
It is actually a very nutrient dense food (no it is not just made up of water!) which provides essential nutrients such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Not only that, it is cooling and refreshing to eat!
It is also high in B vitamins and C which is great for collagen production.
# 3. ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants are powerful natural substances that help to protect the cells in your body, and skin, from the effects of damaging free radicals.
Free radicals are produced by your body when you have been exposed to harmful irritants, such as pollution or radiation as well as a natural chemical reaction your body exhibits to digesting food.
There are two types of antioxidants, some that our body actually naturally creates and some that we get from eating antioxidant rich foods
One of the reasons antioxidants are so good for the health of your skin is due to their protection against the free radicals ability to break down collagen proteins within the body. Collagen is what gives the skin is elasticity, strength and suppleness.
Antioxidants rich foods include grapes, goji berries, blueberries, pecans, cranberries and blackberries.