When it comes to nutrition, there are a lot of foods, drinks and other ingredients that have an impact on your skin. Whether it’s improving the ‘glow’ of your skin, or simply improving health and preventing possible diseases – nutrition plays an important role. As March is the official National Nutrition Month, we will look at a range of foods and drinks that will benefit your skin’s health. Today we will look at good fats and fermented foods.
Fats may not be the first thing you think about when comes to food and your skin. But that is what we are talking about today. We refer to them as ‘good fats’, just for the ease of discussion. These have a positive impact on how your skin feels and looks. Next to that, we’ll dive into fermented foods. Evidence suggests that eating fermented foods containing probiotic strains such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium can promote so-called “good” bacteria in our gut that helps ease our digestion. And when our digestion is working properly our body doesn’t need to eliminate toxins in other ways, including through our skin.
While it may seem counterintuitive to some, certain fats can be essential ingredients for non-greasy, lustrous skin. Unsaturated and monounsaturated fats including omega-3 fatty acids that are found in many fish such as salmon and seeds such as chia and flax seeds, have anti-inflammatory properties and help rebuild skin cells, resulting in less skin dryness and irritation. Olive oil, walnuts and avocado are other great sources of good fats that nourish our skin.
As we mentioned above, fermented foods contain important probiotics that keep our gut microbes diverse and in prime condition to break down our foods and help our body unlock the nutrients it needs. Kombucha, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir and raw cheese are all great ways to help your gut microbes thrive and improve your overall digestion and health.