Healthy Skin Diet
A healthy diet benefits the whole body, and as a rule, any food can be enjoyed as long as the diet is balanced and rich in vitamins, minerals, sufficient fibre and proteins, as well as some essential fats.
High calorie, fatty, high cholesterol and extremely salty foods should be avoided at the best of times, and fast food, while acceptable as a treat, should never be used to totally replace freshly prepared meals using preferably fresh ingredients.
To promote healthy looking skin and prevent premature aging, as well as successfully reducing already present eye bags, certain kinds of food rich in particular elements and vitamins can be added to an already balanced diet.
- Vitamins The vitamins most essential for healthy skin are vitamin C, which assists in the production of elastin; vitamin E, essential to combat and repair free radicals damage; vitamin K and vitamin B complex, both of which are well known to assist in the reduction of eye bags and discolouration. Vitamin A is also essential, although too much of it can actually be toxic.
- Elements The vital elements necessary to promote collagen and elastin production include copper, zinc and selenium. Iron is essential to assist the provision of oxygen to the skin, as well as the rest of the body.
Foods rich in Skin Friendly Vitamins
While most, if not all, fruits and vegetables have fairly high vitamin C content, some do have particularly high concentrations of all the vitamins named above and are subsequently good additions to a diet when trying to reduce puffy eye bags.
- Beneficial Fruits Some of the fruits that are most beneficial for the skin include peaches, apricots and nectarines, as well as guavas and mangos. Blackberries, raspberries and Logan berries, as well as cranberries, apples, kiwis, papayas and olives are equally beneficial. Olive oil, by the way, is beneficial to skin both consumed and applied externally.
Cranberries have the added benefit of being good for the kidneys and the urinary system in general, assisting the body’s fluid regulation and thereby preventing fluid retention, a certain bonus when fluid retention is one of the causes of eye bags.
- Beneficial Vegetables Some of the best vegetables to add to a diet as part of a skin maintenance program are pumpkins, asparagus, parsley and squash, as well as Brussels sprouts and spring onions. Both red and green peppers are also high in the necessary vitamins, as are many nuts and legumes, such as beans and peas. Carrots and broccoli are great sources of sufficient quantities of Vitamin A.
- Breakfast Cereals Many modern breakfast cereals have also been fortified with additional vitamins, elements and antioxidants, another vital component of a healthy skin regime.
Foods rich in Skin Friendly Elements
Obviously most foods contain a variety of elements necessary to maintain overall good health. As with the vitamins, there are, however, some foods which are particularly rich in the elements required to ensure healthy, youthful skin and reduce unsightly puffiness around, or below, the eyes.
- Seafood Some of the sea-foods containing the highest concentrations of copper, zinc and selenium and should therefore be added to a skin-orientated diet are clams, oysters, crab and lobster, although most shellfish are relatively rich in elements.
- Meats Beef, pork and lamb are all excellent sources of all the elements required to maintain a healthy body and youthful skin.
- Legumes Most members of the nut family are high in elements, although it is obviously necessary to avoid salted nuts. The majority of beans, soy beans and lentils, as well as split and black eyed peas are all equally rich in the main elements vital for healthy skin.
- Vegetables Some of the vegetables containing relatively high amounts of copper, zinc and selenium are mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms, leeks red and green peppers and chives. Sun dried tomatoes, oriental radishes and seaweed also come into this group. Dark leafed vegetables, such as spinach and kale, for instance, provide plenty of both iron and zinc.
Omega 3 Oil
Another vital ingredient of a skin friendly diet is Omega 3 oil. While this is not found in many foods, it can be obtained through flax, or linseed, oil, as well as from fish. Some of the fishes providing the highest amounts of Omega 3 oil are listed here, in order of importance:
- Trout, lake
- Tuna, blue fin
- Sardines, canned
- Sturgeon, Atlantic
- Tuna, albacore
- Whitefish, lake
Things to avoid in a Skin Friendly Diet
Some things should be reduced, if not avoided altogether when trying to reduce eye bags. These include salt, alcohol and caffeine, the three worst offenders when it comes to the development of puffy eyes and ultimately eye bags as a result of fluid retention.
- Salt Salt intake in particular should be reduced when trying to remove eye bags, as salt promotes fluid retention within the body, thereby seriously contributing to the development and growth of eye bags. It can also have a severe negative impact on kidney and heart functions.
- Alcohol Excessive consumption of alcohol will result in dehydration and massive build-ups of fluid retention. Alcohol not only promotes eye bags, it can also cause serious damage to both liver and kidneys. Even occasional drinking should always be ended with drinking large amounts of water to combat dehydration and fluid retention.
- Caffeine Coffee, like alcohol, dehydrates and causes fluid retention, as well as disrupting sleeping patterns as a result of its stimulating effects. Consumption should therefore be dramatically reduced during the day, while being avoided altogether from late afternoon onward.
Cocoa presents a much more suitable evening drink, as it not only has a calming effect; it is also rich in the elements necessary for healthy skin.
There are, of course, many more fruits, vegetables and other foods that are beneficial to healthy skin. Reading the information on food labels and checking nutritional websites will ultimately provide the most suitable, beneficial and hopefully tasty ideas on how to maintain a balanced, skin friendly diet.