The holidays are right around the corner and of course everyone wants to look their holiday best! For many that includes trying new skin care products that promise a beautiful complexion. However; if you really want to get your glow on for the holidays, you should start incorporating some of these changes into your diet now. You will be doing a double take in the mirror as you head out to your holiday festivities!
Do you know the saying “You are what you eat”? The saying should really be “You are what you absorb.” Your gut health is critical to having beautiful skin. Your skin is your largest organ and what you eat in your diet reflects onto your skin. If your diet is lacking in nutrients one of the quickest areas it will appear in is in your skin, hair and nails as your body saves nutrients for vital organs. Good gut health is vital to improving digestion of nutrients into your body.
One of the easiest ways to upgrade your gut health is to take a probiotic daily. Foods that are probiotic rich include fermented foods such as :
- Yogurt- including non dairy yogurts
Foods that are nutrient dense such as fruits and vegetables are an important part of having a beautiful complexion. Fruits and vegetables are also high in fiber. The fiber in your diet helps you eliminate waste from your GI tract. The elimination of this waste also helps to establish good gut health. You can also find fiber in oats, nuts, seeds and beans. Enhancing the quality of your gut health will also improve your mood and give your immune system a boost as well!
Stay hydrated and aim for half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. Skin that is dehydrated will appear dry and tight. This is the time that you want to be plump! Water will plump skin and make it more resilient to wrinkling.
Healthy fats are also necessary to give your skin that youthful look that comes from beauty from within. Choose from the following daily:
- Nuts and nut butters
- Olive Oil
Gluten, dairy and sugar are all inflammatory foods and should be avoided. Eating large amounts of sugar often leads to a dull complexion. The American Heart Association recommendation for sugar intake daily is 25g per day for women and 36g per day for men. I would also recommend the book Inflammation Nation by Floyd H. Chilton and Laura Tucker. The book explains the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet for not only better looking skin but also better health.
One thing to remember is that you should stick with any new changes in your diet to see improvements in your skin for at least 6 weeks. Start now and you will be delighted with the results you experience in a brighter complexion for the holidays!
Last but not least, do not forget the importance of beauty sleep. Aim for 7 to 9 hours per night. While you sleep, your skin heals itself from the day. Your body boosts blood flow to your skin and increases collagen levels which means fewer wrinkles and fine lines.
Enhancing your diet now through improving gut health, increasing nutrients, drinking more water and getting more sleep will have you looking like the Belle of the Ball this holiday season. Share this with a friend! Remember, tiny changes lead to bit results. Which one of these tips can you easily incorporate into your day? Comment below, I would love to hear!