Your skin is the largest, but often most overlooked, organ that your body has. Your skin is so much more important than just your complexion and coloring: it provides your body’s first line of defense against disease, germs and damage. Not only does what you put on your skin affect how your skin looks and functions, but it also matters what you put into your body that affects whether your skin runs at peak efficiency. Radiant, clear skin is not the only benefit of eating a healthy, balanced diet, your waistline may decrease as well. Below, we’ve listed some of the top diets that dermatologists and nutritionists recommend for healthy, happy skin.
The Mediterranean diet has been getting more and more popular as people look to other cultures for diet help. This is not a traditional diet in that you need to restrict certain foods and only consume others, rather it is a way of eating and preparing your food. Previously the oldest living woman in the world, Jeanne Calment, lived to be 122 years and 164 days old and many people, including some family and friends, believe that her way of life and her French diet was a reason for her continued health. Because of her location in France, her diet was heavily influenced by Mediterranean eating habits. What makes the Mediterranean diet so beneficial to your skin? It is rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. The mainstays of this type of diet include leafy greens, tomatoes, fresh fruits, fish and olive oil. Additionally, red wine in moderation is a large part of this diet.
The two most famous low-carb diets are the South Beach diet and the Atkins diet. Both of these diets recommend a high intake of protein while severely limiting carbohydrates like refined sugar, white bread and pasta. For many who use these diet plans, meat becomes a large part of their diet and dermatologists caution followers of these diets. If you are eating too much meat, your production of damaging free radicals can increase resulting in skin damage. However, a balanced diet full of whole grains, lean meats in moderation and fresh produce can be very beneficial to your skin. The reason that dermatologists believe this is a good way to clear skin is that reducing refined carbohydrates lowers your cortisol levels, which can increase the frequency of breakouts. There is also research being conducted about the level regarding the connection between blood sugar and skin.
Vegetarian or Vegan
If you have been considering giving up meat, clearer and healthier skin may be another reason of your list of pros. In general, diets comprised of mainly fresh produce and whole grains which are great at providing beneficial antioxidants. These antioxidants fight free radicals, wrinkles and signs of aging such as brown spots. However, nutritionists warn that just because animal products are excluded doesn’t necessarily mean that a vegetarian or vegan diet is immediately good for you, after all Oreos are a vegan food. This diet works for you if you put the time into preparing meals of fresh vegetable, whole grains and sources of protein other than animals.
If you aren’t ready to commit to any one diet to improve the condition of your skin, dermatologists and nutritionists agree that simply reducing your intake of saturated fats and refined carbohydrates while increasing your intake of fresh produce can go a long way in improving the clarity of your skin. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, at least 64 ounces per day!