1. Whole Grainsphoto credit: mystuart via photopin cc
If you want clearer skin, switching from white flour to whole grains is a great first step. Whole grains are considered low on the glycemic index, and they help maintain a steady balance of insulin. When you eat refined carbs, your insulin spikes, and this can cause a boost in certain hormones called androgens, which cause zits.
2.Fiberphoto credit: WordRidden via photopin cc
If we don’t eat enough soluble fiber, the toxins in our body, instead of flushing out and being replaced, are recirculated through our systems. In the process, it becomes more concentrated with toxins, which, in turn, can lead to all sorts of inflammatory diseases and skin conditions, like acne. You can find fiber in raspberries, lentils, and, of course, prunes.
3. Antioxidantsphoto credit: maira.gall via photopin cc
Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that prevent and repair tissue damage to your body. They work to keep your skin from oxidizing, which is kind of like when an apple begins to brown when exposed to air. Antioxidants can be found in dark fruits, like blueberries, pomegranates, and red wine.
4. Omega-3 and Fish Oilsphoto credit: PetitPlat – Stephanie Kilgast via photopin cc
These are called “good fats” and work as a barrier to keep out bad things. This barrier holds moisture to keep skin softer and wrinkle-free. You can find these things in tuna, salmon, walnuts, and flax seeds.
5. Green Teaphoto credit: entso via photopin cc
Green tea is filled with anti-inflammatory antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect skin from the harmful rays of the sun. If you want a more potent dose of green tea, after you finish that warm cup of goodness, open the tea bag and mix the contents with a little honey. Spread the mixture over your face, let it set for ten minutes, and then wash it off.
6. Zincphoto credit: avlxyz via photopin cc
Zinc helps repair tissue damage and heal wounds and skin irritations. This also helps reduce the amount of oil created by skin, which would prevent acne from even happening. Just like green tea, zinc also protects the skin from harmful UV sun rays. Extra benefit, zinc is thought to improve hair health! Surprisingly, oysters have extremely high levels of zinc.
7. Seleniumphoto credit: Jaydot via photopin cc
Selenium is a mineral found in the soil that helps protect skin from damage caused by the sun. It also helps with firmness and elasticity. However, avoid selenium supplements. It’s better to increase your intake of certain foods so you can get the mineral naturally. The best foods for increased selenium levels are Brazil nuts (only a couple a day), tuna, whole-wheat pasta, mushrooms, and eggs.