Have you ever applied all sorts of expensive creams or cleansers and wondered why your skin continued to look unhealthy?
That’s because healthy skin comes from the inside out.
Remember, your skin is an organ, and like all organs, it benefits from a healthful, toxin-free diet. Here are some steps you can take toward a skin-cleansing diet.
1. Stay hydrated
You have probably heard about the importance of drinking water to stay healthy and cleanse the system, and that includes your skin. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, at least six 8oz. glasses a day. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to cleanse your liver – in traditional Chinese medicine, poor skin indicates an unhealthy liver.
2. Bring on the fats
For your skin to remain plump and supple, rubbing on moisturizers can help, but taking healthy fats into your system will have a deeper, healthier effect on your skin. Flax, olive and fish oils, as well as expeller-pressed cooking oils like safflower or canola, should be incorporated into the diet.
Eat fatty, cold-water fish such as salmon at least once a week, but make sure it is from a reputable source so that you are not adding to your body’s toxic overload by eating fish that have lived in toxic waters.
3. Fresh fruits and vegetables
In addition to hydrating the body, fresh veggies and fruits provide vital skin-healthy nutrients, such as vitamins A, C and E and toxin-absorbing fiber. Many vegetables, such as tomatoes, contain antioxidants. Lightly steamed or raw are the ideal ways to consume these foods.
There are a few very powerful detox teas that are rich in antioxidants. You should definitely give these a try and reap the benefits.
4. Nuts and seeds
These little gems include important blood-building nutrients like iron, and healthy circulation and blood are key to good skin health. Nuts and seeds also contain healthy fats, which, as noted above, keep the skin smooth and glowing.
5. Go organic
If you have not already, switch to organic foods. Your body needs to be as free from toxins as possible for your skin to be healthy, and organic food is not contaminated with synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers.
These substances can also cause hormonal imbalances, which are strongly implicated in acne and other skin problems. This goes for produce as well as meats and dairy products. Speaking of dairy products…
6. Limit dairy products
Except for plain yogurt, you should sharply limit your dairy intake for healthier skin. Our modern dairy products are likely to contain hormones or antibiotics, and they contain animal fat which does not promote healthy skin.
7. Limit junk and fast foods
These “foods” are full of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and unhealthy fats. Cleanse your skin from the inside by eating whole, fresh foods instead.
8. Easy, Healthy Juicing Recipes
Juicing is a healthful way to get the nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables without having to eat many platefuls of food. There are no hard and fast rules with juicing; you can get creative and experimental with your juicing.
* Here are some easy recipe to get you started.
1. Green Morning Pick-Me-Up
For two servings, put into your juicer:
-1/2 a ripe pear
-1/2 an apple
-1 small bunch of kale (you can also use spinach)
-1 small cucumber
2. Citrus Cooler
The pineapple in this gives it a refreshing, sweet flavor.
-1 slice fresh pineapple
3. Green Vegetable Juice
-1 small cucumber
-1 small bunch spinach
-1 stalk celery
-1 small apple or pear
4. Red Vegetable Juice
-1 medium tomato
-3-4 leaves of green cabbage
-1 stalk celery
-1 garlic clove
-1 slice of onion, about 1/4-inch thick
-1 small handful of fresh parsley
After juicing the above, add sea salt or cayenne pepper to taste. A squeeze of lemon juice can enhance this, too.
5. Melon Juice
For one serving, put the following into your juicer:
-1 slice ripe cantaloupe
-1 slice ripe honeydew melon
-1 slice watermelon
Add lemon juice to taste if you like.
Any leftover juice can be frozen in ice cube trays, then whizzed in your blender to make a refreshing, slushy smoothie. Or freeze leftovers into popsicle moulds.
Besides juices, another very effective way to detox is by using Liz Swann’s Red Tea Detox. Just following her recipe should help you detox quickly and easily. Do get started today and you’ll look and feel the difference