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The Connection Between Good Nutrition and Skin Health: A Guide to Radiant Skin

Alixe Faubert

Feb 09, 2023

Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it's a reflection of our overall health. Good nutrition is a key factor in maintaining healthy, glowing skin. We'll explore the ways in which good nutrition can impact our skin and what we can do to achieve and maintain radiant skin through our diet below!

Vitamins and Minerals for Skin Health: Vitamins and minerals play a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin. Vitamins A, C, and E, for example, are known for their antioxidant properties, which protect the skin from harmful free radicals and sun damage. Vitamin A is also essential for skin cell growth and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Foods rich in vitamin C include oranges, strawberries, kiwis, and bell peppers. Vitamin E can be found in foods like almonds, sunflower seeds, and sweet potatoes. Vitamin A is found in carrots, pumpkin, and spinach.

Another important mineral for skin health is zinc, which is essential for wound healing and the production of new skin cells. Zinc is also important for the production of collagen, which provides structural support to our skin and helps to prevent sagging and wrinkles. Foods rich in zinc include oysters, tofu, pumpkin seeds and chickpeas.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Glowing Skin: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining healthy skin. These healthy fats help to keep the skin hydrated, which can improve its appearance and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Omega-3 fatty acids can also help to reduce inflammation in the skin, which is a common cause of acne and other skin conditions.

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, chia seeds, and flax seeds. It's also possible to take Omega-3 supplements, but I preper to concentrate on eating Omega-3 rich foods.

Hydration for Radiant Skin: Drinking enough water is essential for healthy skin. Water also helps to keep the skin hydrated, which can improve its appearance and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, water helps to flush out toxins from the body, which can have a positive impact on the skin.

It's recommended that we drink at least 8 glasses of water per day (2-3L), but this can vary depending on our activity levels, the climate, and other factors. If you're not sure if you're drinking enough water, pay attention to your body's signals. If you're feeling thirsty, have dry skin, have dry and sticky mouth, have headaches or you are tired, then it's maybe a sign that you need to drink more water.

*Some filtration systems remove minerals that help hydration, so water filters such as activated carbon filters can be a good option to incorporate in your life. Also, adding lime, lemon, or sea salt in your water can help because they contain natural electrolytes.

In conclusion, good nutrition is essential for healthy, glowing skin. By incorporating foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats into our diets, and by making sure we stay hydrated, we can help to keep our skin looking its best.


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Alixe Faubert
Plant-Based Nutrition, Intuitive Eating, Gut Health
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After dealing with my own gut issues, food sensitivities, and mindset obstacles, I was inspired to study holistic health. Although I was always interested in health and wellness growing up as an athlete, I suffered from a severe concussion at 15 and this was a pivotal moment for me in my health journey. I realized the link between all aspects of health, how our body keeps the score, and how our pain, gut problems, and patterns can be traced back to specific moments. I work with clients by looking at all aspects of health (“food off the plate”) as well as nutrition and mindset to find an approach to empower them to take back their health and feel their most confident selves. My coaching method starts by Identifying your "WHY", beliefs, and patterns. Then, we will Reflect on your blocks. Lastly, by working together we will create actionable steps to incorporate into your life, and shortly after, YOU will Become.

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