Do you wear long sleeves to cover unsightly bumps and redness on your arms? Are you hiding body acne? Millions of people suffer from skin ailments that are the result of environmental toxins, food allergies, stress disorders, and inadequate nutrition. Eating real food that is free from pesticides and man-made hormones will heal your body from the inside out.
We all want glowing, wrinkle-free, clear skin. We must make intentional decisions about what we eat and drink. Exercise plays a role as well as sunscreen, makeup, and cleansing. Follow the clear skin diet for beautiful skin…
One of my favorite experts in this area is Kimberly Snyder, C.N. Nutritionist for the Mind, Body and Soul. Her strategy for healthy living and glowing skin makes sense. It is easy and effective. The plan requires you to take control of your own health by being informed of why your skin isn’t perfect, and the steps to gorgeous skin. If you are disciplined, and follow Kimberly’s advice, you can see results without expensive beauty products or special foods.
According to Kimberly, the first step to glowing skin is to detoxify. Kimberly says, “There is no need for premature aging of the skin and all of those nasty skin ailments. Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. It is the body’s largest organ, and it is an elimination organ. Toxins inside your body can make the skin on the outside of your body look less than beautiful. When you eat foods with toxic ingredients, it is naturally reflected in your skin.” Once you have cleansed and detoxed, try the clear skin diet to keep your skin youthful and radiant.
A Clear Skin Plan
Strive for natural beauty. Choose skin-friendly foods. Eat a fiber-rich, plant-based diet, full of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Leafy greens, colorful fruits, and crunch nuts can help you to detox and revive skin cells. Exercise in moderation and avoid foods that are over-processed or contain man-made chemicals. Limit caffeine and drink plenty of fresh water. This will flush your system and make you feel great. Kimberly Snyder gives you more ideas for detoxing here.
The Clear Skin Diet
Begin with a detox tea – a cup of hot water with a squeeze of fresh organic lemon every morning. ½ cup organic steel-cut oatmeal, with a spoonful of blueberries and chopped walnuts. The fiber in oatmeal is great for cleansing, and blueberries are loaded with antioxidants that fight free-radicals. Walnuts are known for their Omega-3 fatty acids, which has been known to strength skin and help with the onset of new wrinkles.
Citrus fruit has collagen-boosting vitamin C properties. A tangelo, orange, or grapefruit is the perfect mid-morning snack.
A baked sweet potato is a great lunch option. Filled with antioxidant vitamins A and E, sweet potatoes are a “royal root” loaded with skin-loving nutrients. Try a sweet potato smoothie for lunch. They are really good! Find the recipe at mindybodygreen.
A mid-afternoon pick-me-up snack is always a good idea. They say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Choose an organic yellow delicious apple. Slice it into wedges and enjoy with a glass of water or a cup of herbal tea. The Republic of Tea offers a get gorgeous tea that promotes healthy skin.
Make a fresh kale salad, with chia seeds, flaxseed, carrots, radishes – and your favorite add-ins. If you are an omnivore, salmon or lean chicken are good options. If you are a vegetarian, black beans made into a delicious burger go great with kale salad.
If you have a snack-attack a couple of hours after dinner – but at least three hours before bedtime, choose one cup of fresh organic air-popped popcorn. The crunch will keep you satisfied while the low-calories will keep you fit.
A Word On Makeup
We have to ask ourselves, is it better to see a woman who is wearing too much makeup or a woman who has a natural, glowing complexion? I think we all agree that true health can be seen in a woman’s face. All makeup is not created equal. At the end of the day, we want to choose makeup that enhances our own natural beauty. Some makeups contain fillers and man-made ingredients that way the skin down and look…goopy. Webmd shares the best makeup for perfect skin.
At the end of the day, shower and exfoliate to rejuvenate for beautiful skin. Beauty isn’t skin deep – it comes from deep within our being. “I believe the word health is synonymous with the word beauty,” explains Kimberly Snyder. “My definition of beauty is that it’s deep, lasting, and magnetic, and it grows from the inside out.”