Our skin protects and reflects. As our largest organ, it paints a picture of our health outside and in. How we feed and protect our skin, like our whole body, is critical to our overall health.
What promotes healthy skin? A clean, nutrient-rich diet that's also anti-inflammatory. Anti-inflammatory foods include fruits and vegetables as well as healthy fats like those found in avocados and olive oil and nuts, and polyunsaturated omega-3s from walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, and sardines. An anti-inflammatory approach is also about balance: more whole, real foods and less pro-inflammatory, highly processed foods and ingredients like excess sugar, refined carbohydrate grains, and too much saturated fat from meats and other foods.
Above all, veggies and fruits play a starring role in a skin-friendly diet. I call them the gifts of Mother Nature. Like other plant foods, fruits and veggies contain many vitamins and minerals that support healthy skin—including vitamin A, vitamin C, and others, along with literally thousands of phytonutrients, many of which play a role in keeping skin healthy, elastic, and youthful.
Here are five key nutrients I recommend to get a brighter glow, beat blemishes, and keep your skin supple and smooth: