I’m excited to welcome Andrea Drew back to the blog! If you’ve been reading here for a while, you’ve seen her guest post here and here, but she was also who I worked with on the 21 Day Sugar Detox (see the post on my experience here). Today she’s talking about eating for clear skin and what you can do to get that gorgeous glow going from the inside out:
Shout-out to the part of our body that often gets taken for granted. A part that protects our internal organs, keeps water inside, turns sunlight into vitamin D, flushes out toxins and weighs about ten pounds.
What is it?
Our skin is our largest organ — shielding our insides from the outside world. And we need to treat it with the respect it deserves for everything it does for our health.
Many of us have spent thousands of dollars trying out topical products that promise to keep our shield shiny, glowing and free of lines and dings.
We have spent hours upon hours feeling frustrated by the acne that lines our jaws and chin or that big pimple that always appears right before a date or important meeting.
We’ve tried toners, creams, exfoliators, lotions, oils, scrubs and masks …Every product that promises to make us look like a top model or movie star. Yep, I’ve been that girl. Up in the middle of the night watching infomercials and ordering the newest serum made from rare fruits off the coast of Italy that would keep me looking twenty forever. Except I didn’t look twenty; I looked red, dry and slightly puffy.
So what’s a girl to do?
If we have problem skin, are we just stuck with it?
100%, ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NOT!
Each of us has the power to change our skin.
And the most important tool to use is your diet. While it’s absolutely necessary to nourish you skin from the outside, it’s essential that you start on the inside.
Most of us think that our skin operates independently of other systems in our bodies such as the digestive or endocrine systems, but the truth is our skin belongs to the incredible, interconnected whole that is the human body.
Our skin is often a reflection of our overall health, but we take that for granted. We pick, poke, pop, scrub and think that issues with our skin are something that has been done to us …not something we have the power to control.
The truth is: the root of most skin issues is generally nutritional deficiencies, bad foods, digestive issues, imbalanced gut bacteria, hormonal imbalances or topical products that cause inflammation. Any one of those can show up as an annoying irritation on your face.
The good news?
Everything in that list can be changed and you have the power to do that. It’s so empowering! Instead of just managing symptoms (problem skin) with products, you can fix the root cause. You can change your nutritional status, heal your gut, stop eating bad foods and balance your hormones.
Think about this. Our skin is made up of billions of cells. Food is the only fuel our cells have, so if we feed our cells with bad foods, they’re bound to get mad and retaliate with inflammation that can show up on your skin. Every cell needs real food nutrition to function properly and help us be the best version of ourselves.
So where you should you start?
Here are 5 tips on how to clear up your skin from the inside out.
- Eat REAL Food. The majority of your food should NOT come with a nutrition label. Your plate should be full of healthy protein, carbohydrates (in the right amounts) and healthy fats (if you haven’t heard or don’t have the t-shirt yet, Fat is the New Black).
- Eat Greens – EVERYDAY. I wish I would’ve listened to my mother when she told me to eat more vegetables – especially the good ‘ol green ones. Most greens don’t have a label, but if they did, you would see Beauty Food written in big letters. Greens are packed with antioxidants that help fight free radicals and are also full of a bunch of beauty vitamins – A, B, E, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium.
- Add in SUPERFOODS! Superfoods are just that – super. They are packed with nutrition and great for your skin. Try adding bone broth, sauerkraut, sardines and herbal teas into your daily routine.
- Drink WATER. To have happy cells and glowing skin, you must hydrate. You should be drinking half your body weight – in ounces – of water per day. If you weight 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water per day.
- SLEEP. The phrase beauty sleep isn’t just cute. When you sleep, your body rebuilds, repairs and regenerates. Getting enough sleep gives you skin the ability to heal.
Start nourishing your skin from the inside and you’ll see the beautiful benefits on the outside.