Get Glowing! 4 Easy Diet Tweaks For Clearer, Brighter Skin

Get Glowing! 4 Easy Diet Tweaks For Clearer, Brighter Skin

Eat and drink your way to clearer, brighter skin, with these four easy diet tweaks.

The age old saying is that ‘beauty starts from the inside out’ is oh so true, according to BioCeuticals Nutritionist and Dietitian, Belinda Reynolds. “There is a reason for this – as the nutrients that you put in your body will be reflected in your skin, so consuming foods full of vitamins and minerals will ultimately help to make your skin look and feel its best.”

Of course on the flip side, consuming bad foods will also reflect negatively, and affect your gut health. “If you have an imbalance of bacteria in your gut, your body may be less effective at absorbing nutrients or releasing toxins,” explains Belinda. “In fact, poor gut health and an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut may be associated with increased levels of inflammation in the body, as well as hormonal imbalances. It can also prevent us absorbing essential vitamins and minerals found in our food that support skin health, such as zinc, and vitamins C and A.”

Here, Belinda reveals four easy tips to help you improve your gut health and achieve glowing skin.

1. Snack on pre- and/or probiotic-rich foods high in nutritional value

“Every meal has the potential to either benefit your body or inflame it,” explains Belinda. “Foods that are rich in fibre and phytonutrients will help heal your gut, thus supporting your skin health and ongoing detoxification and healing processes.”

“Foods that fit into these categories may include sauerkraut, miso soup, dark green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, seaweed, raw/activated nuts and seeds, avocado, and brightly coloured berries and vegetables.”

2. Take a quality probiotic supplement daily

“If fermented foods don’t appeal to you, consider a supplement with the guidance of your health practitioner. Super high strength probiotic supplements that include a wide array of beneficial bacteria strains can also help to restore and support normal healthy digestive and immune systems. They increase the amount of beneficial bacteria in your gut to help counterbalance any unfriendly bacteria hanging around, like gut microbes, which have been linked to acne.”

“Other nutritional supplements that can support the skin include curcumin, astaxanthin and coenzyme Q10/ubiquinol.”

Get Glowing! 4 Easy Diet Tweaks For Clearer, Brighter Skin

No, that glow is not just from a few swipes of highlighter. It’s a healthy diet!

3. Cut down on sugar

“Many foods that we consume are high in sugar, over processed and encourage ‘bad’ bacteria growth in the gut. Too much sugar can increase the risk of acne in susceptible people and contribute to imbalances in specific hormones in the body, which can contribute to increased oiliness on the skin.”

“If you are prone to acne, cutting down on dairy – especially skim milk – can be worthwhile also.”

4. Stay hydrated

“Your gut needs water to keep bacteria and waste travelling through your digestive system, which will prevent tummy aches like constipation and bloating, and also prevent a build-up of toxins.”

“When you’re dehydrated, these issues can throw off the balance of bacteria in your gut. Resist the urge to hydrate with sugary drinks like soft drinks though – all these do is feed the ‘bad’ gut bacteria in the bowel. H20 is by far your best option. You might also like to try organic herbal teas such green, white or rosehip tea.”

Photography by Tom Merton

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