I believe this statement. You can achieve overall healthier skin by cleaning up your diet and adding more foods with essential fatty acids (EFAs) and antioxidants.
It is so easy to get distracted by our busy lives and just end up eating the food in front of us. Next thing we know, the “every now and then” trip to the drive-thru for that quick meal becomes a near-daily routine. This article from The University of Minnesota, explains it very well:
“As a nation, we are increasingly eating more processed foods. Our supermarkets are full of convenient packaged foods that appeal to our taste buds, but compromise our nutrition. Because most of these foods’ natural nutrients are removed in the refining process, we need to get them elsewhere.
In addition, we are eating less variety of foods. Ironically, while 17,000 new products are introduced each year, two-thirds of our calories come from just four foods: corn, soy, wheat, and rice.
Nor is our food the same as it was 20 years ago. Nutrients in the soil have been depleted, so food grown in that soil has fewer nutrients. Chemicals are increasingly used in raising both plants and animals, particularly on huge industrial farms that specialize in a few products.
It is much too easy to fall into the pattern of eating all that fast, convenient, prepared food.. But we are not nurturing ourselves by doing so. Our Standard American Diet lacks nutrients and relies heavily on processed foods that include artificial color, additives, flavorings, and chemically-altered fats and sweeteners.
Fast foods also remove us from the pleasures of creating and savoring a wonderful meal, and our rushed pace often prevents us from connecting over a tasty, slow-paced meal. We tend to eat for convenience and speed, not health and pleasure, yet being mindful matters.
We need to pay attention when we are sick so we can help our bodies get the nutrients we need to heal. There are many health benefits if we look at food as our “medicine.”
I bet you did not even realize some of your favorite foods are rich in EFAs; think salmon, shrimp & edamame! You can see the full list here:
Many shy away from too many EFA rich foods as they see the word: “fatty” and think it is bad. This post from Down to Earth has some great resources, too.
As far as antioxidants, some great foods that fall under that category: Citrus fruits, oatmeal, berries and almonds. Get a list here:
Antioxidants are an especially fun group of foods to get creative with. Think oatmeal with berries, a greek yogurt with almonds, chia seeds or add in some orange or tangerine slices in a summer salad!
Start right away to improve your overall healthy and get glowing skin by eating more of these foods listed above and in the links!