- Avoid sugar! Sugar may increase inflammation, damage collagen and elastin, and cause hormonal imbalances – all of which will have an impact on the skin. Always look for hidden sugars on food labels, and just because it’s ‘natural sugar’ doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Caster sugar also comes from a plant.
- Eat oily fish, nuts, seeds and avocados. They contain healthy fats which reduce inflammation, and may help to plump up skin as well as balance hormones.
- Stay hydrated. Your skin is made up of 65% water. The way to know if you’re drinking enough or not is by checking the colour of your urine, it should be light yellow.
- Eat the rainbow. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants which help protect us from cellular damage caused by free radicals. We come into contact with free radicals all the time, for example from sun exposure, eating fried food, drinking alcohol, pollution etc but free radicals are also produced by our own cells in the normal day to day processes. Each colour vegetable represents a set of antioxidants so for the full benefit, have some of each colour every day, i.e. red, yellow, blue, purple/blue, white, orange and green.
- Cut down on junk and processed food (i.e. food that comes from a factory). These foods generally contain the wrong types of fat (trans- and hydrogenated fats), too much sugar, and the antioxidant nutrients tend to get lost during processing too. Go for fresh whole foods and cook from scratch as often as possible.
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