Expert Blog: Kim Pearson
When we think of skin health, we often focus on rejuvenating our appearance through the use of topical creams, lotions and potions. However, in order to achieve a truly youthful complexion, it is vital that we consider what goes on inside our bodies too. A nutritious diet is fundamental in optimising skin health and preventing ageing. Hundreds of studies have confirmed that we can improve both the length and quality of our lives and our appearance through the food we eat.
Fresh fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, enzymes and antioxidants, all of which are essential for skin health. Antioxidants counteract the effects of free radicals, molecules linked to cell damage which can cause disease and premature ageing. The Aggregate Nutritient Density Index (ANDI) rates foods on a basis of nutrient content and so is a good reference in helping you to choose the most nutritious foods. And remember – five a day is a minimum recommendation!
Pure water. Consuming a minimum of 2l per day (more if you are exercising) keeps your body adequately hydrated. Water ensures the skin retains optimal moisture and volume, helping to keep it supple and preventing premature wrinkling.
Protein rich foods. Collagen fibers and all of the skin’s cells are composed of structural proteins created within your own body. Regular intake of dietary protein is essential for skin health. In addition to quality organic meat, eggs and fish, vegetable protein sources are also important. Consume beans, pulses, unroasted nuts and seeds regularly.
Healthy, essential fats are needed for keeping skin supple and moisturised from the inside. Omega 3s are often lacking in our diets and deficiency can contribute to problems such as dry skin and eczema. Include oily fish, sea foods, unroasted nuts/seeds (especially linseed/flaxseed) and avocado in your diet.
Green superfoods. Alfalfa, chlorella, spirulina, barley and wheat grass are potent antioxidants and have an alkalising effect, helping maintain a healthy pH balance and preventing inflammation. These are widely available and can be juiced or taken in supplement form.
Include these foods in your diet regularly and you can be sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your appearance youthful, from the inside out.
About the author
Kim qualified as a Nutritionist at London’s respected Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2007 and has worked in the field of health, nutrition and food for over ten years.
She is regularly featured in the press providing articles and professional opinions to female glossy magazines, sports specific titles and national papers. She has worked with TV production companies, high profile individuals and Olympic athletes as well as corporate organisations and academic institutes to educate on the importance of nutrition in health, wellbeing and beauty.
Kim loves food and cooking and believes healthy eating should be simple, practical and tasty, as well as improving your health and looks.
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