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Getting Healthy: What You Can Eat To Improve Your Skin

When it comes to your health, there are a few aspects of it that eating different foods can’t help. That is absolutely true when it comes to your skin. It’s the largest organ in your body, and it often tends to reflect the way that you feel on the inside. If you’ve been eating lots of processed food, you may find that you start to break out. If you haven’t been getting enough sleep, you may find that you start to look pale and drawn. But luckily there are things you can do and foods you can add to your diet to improve your skin, keeping it glowing and gorgeous.

Getting Healthy: What You Can Eat To Improve Your Skin

Improve Your Skin with Avocados

Not only are they delicious – what’s better than smashed avocado on toast in the morning? – but avocados are also great for your skin. They contain a lot of healthy fats, which can improve the way that your skin looks by keeping it moisturized and flexible, meaning that you’ll be less likely to develop wrinkles and more like to have skin that looks full. Avocados also contain a lot of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps protect your skin, and vitamin C, which your skin needs to create collagen. Without vitamin C, your skin will end up looking rough and dry.

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Improve Your Skin with Fatty Fish

There are few foods that are more generally good for you than fatty fish, or oily fish as it is sometimes known. Tuna, salmon, herring, and anchovies are all delicious – and great for your complexion. They contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, which will keep your skin looking glowing, supple and moisturized, along with reducing redness and acne by bringing down the inflammation in your skin. It also contains a lot of protein, which maintains the strength of your skin, and zinc, which along with fatty acids can reduce inflammation, as well as aiding the formation of new skin cells, meaning that any scratches or cuts will heal much more quickly.

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Improve Your Skin with Sweet Potatoes

There are few comfort foods that are better than a baked sweet potato in the winter. Cut open the crispy skin, add some butter, and enjoy – and remember that it’s doing your skin a lot of good. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, along with other foods like spinach and oranges. Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in your body and which can help protect your skin from the sun, meaning that if you eat plenty of sweet potato and spinach, you will be less likely to get wrinkles and sunburn from the sun when you go outside. Make sure you wear sunscreen all year round, just in case!

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Talk To Your Doctor

Don’t forget that it’s still important to make sure you speak to your doctor about any skin complaints that you may have. Websites like Inspire can help you work out any medications that might help you for skin conditions like acne and psoriasis, and the doctor will be able to talk it over with you and prescribe medication or creams that might be useful.

You don’t have to spend hundreds on face creams to get clear skin – explore the possibilities in your diet first!

Healthy Eating Worksheet

Take Charge of Your Health!

Changing your eating habits can be tough. But it doesn’t have to be if you take a little time to think it out and create a plan.

This Healthy Eating Worksheet will walk you through the process of creating a healthy eating plan. All you need to do is print it out, set aside some time to complete it, and then fill it out. Then you can create your plan, knowing that you have addressed potential obstacles and came up with some creative ways to handle them.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.