Living a vegan life is fantastic. It reduces animal cruelty, environmental damage and can benefit your health. Unfortunately some find that their skin becomes dry, dull and difficult to manage. Don’t panic as it can be normal for your skin to react this way when adopting a vegan diet.
Sometimes, this can be a detox reaction caused by toxins being released into your bloodstream. Other times, a lack of omega 3 in your system causes your skin to become dry. Omega 3 is an essential nutrient in regulating regular oil production to moisturize your skin. Whatever the case, there are foods that can help to tackle these issues and provide you with the glowing skin you crave. Here are just a few:
Generally, most fruit and vegetables are great for improving health but particular ones contain nutrients and minerals that are beneficial for your skin too. Tomatoes are great for Lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps to protect skin from ageing. What’s great about tomatoes is that they can be easily integrated into your meals too. Whether it’s slicing them to put into your sandwich, putting them into your salad or even having them on the side of your main dish.
Everyone has a sweet tooth from time to time and sometimes eating all the healthy stuff can be quite boring after a bit. So, why not indulge in some dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet taste buds? Cocoa powder found in dark chocolate is filled with flavonoids. These are anti-ageing oxidants that can help in making your skin appear smoother and youthful. Some cases have found that chocolate can also contribute to preventing heart disease and cancer.
Citrus Type Fruits
Stock up your fruit bowl with citrus fruits that are filled with nutrients and minerals to help your skin become silky smooth. Similar to chocolate, underneath the skin of fruits such as oranges and grapefruits, they’re filled with flavonoids and vitamin C to help skin keeping youthful. Other health benefits of citrus fruits include lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and preventing headaches. These can be easily eaten on their own, you can add them to fruit salads or even create smoothies.
The main benefit of walnuts is that they include healthy omega-3 fatty acids which not only provides your skin with the oily moisture you need, but they are a great contributor to lowering cholesterol levels. It’ll make you feel younger as well as looking younger as it can clear arteries and keep your heart as healthy as it needs to be. Walnuts are great to snack on whilst you’re out and about or if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can add them to slaws or salads.
A popular ingredient for most health junkies, sweet potatoes contribute to the healthier skin by bolstering collagen levels and packed with plenty of Vitamin C. There are several dish choices that you can make with sweet potato which makes it great for easily incorporating into your diet. A great hack is eating jacket potatoes but using sweet potatoes rather than regular ones.
Flax seeds are a great way to keep your skin hydrated due to the levels of omega-3 fatty acids it contains. This helps to prevent oily skin and wrinkles appearing on your face. On top of this, flax seeds have great physical health benefits including reducing triglyceride levels to encourage a healthy heart and reduce inflammation levels too.
These foods are a great way to keep you looking healthy and glowing throughout the winter seasons, but remember that how you treat yourself overall can benefit you in several ways and not just for your skin. So, get your food prepped and enjoy the rest of the Sun before it gets swallowed up by the clouds!
Author Bio: Jamie Costello is a nutrition student based in Manchester, UK. He’s currently studying at University and is building a writing portfolio as part of his studies. As well as gaining knowledge of the subject through his course, he’s also had the privilege of gaining previous work experience alongside an aesthetic clinic Manchester based, which has helped him to understand the physical benefits that nutrition has on the skin. When he’s not studying, he enjoys playing sport and spending time with friends.
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