You Are What You What You Eat


To be completely transparent, sometimes I get careless and less mindful of what I put into my body. However, I still use this knowledge to help me see warning signs early enough to prevent a bigger problem. We only have one body so tending to it as such is crucial. The rewards are worth it!


Keep reading to learn three major food types I keep in my diet's rotation to nurture my skin’s health.



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VITAMIN C

Vitamin C has gained a favorable reputation in the beauty community. Its powerful antioxidant and healing properties have shown us how beneficial it could be when applied to the skin. If it can be good on the skin, I wondered how effective it could be when added to our diet. With further research, I found that my theory may actually hold some substance!

According to other skin health professionals, Vitamin C exists at high levels on the outer and inner layers of the skin. Due to its antioxidant (cancer-fighting) properties and its influences on collagen production, Vitamin C intake can compliment our skincare routine. With the help of sunscreen, adequate Vitamin C intake helps to protect the skin from the sun’s intense UV rays. This gives our body a chance to slow down the aging process, repair damaged skin cells, and reduce wrinkles.

Thankfully, accessing Vitamin C rarely poses a problem. We can find it in our foods and other dietary supplements. If you feel like you could use an increase of Vitamin C in your diet, try adding more citrus foods like oranges and lemons. You could also try more plant-based products with high potency of Vitamin C such as spinach, broccoli and strawberries. In the event that you have a deficiency, consulting with your doctor about dietary supplement can also serve as an option.



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LEAFY GREENS

This is for those who like to duck and dodge eating their green vegetables! We probably have heard so many reasons why vegetables, particularly the green ones, should have a regular place in our diets. Mainly for its importance in weight management, disease prevention and immunity. Well, it should come as no surprise that it plays a major role in our skin health too!

Green veggies are loaded with skin-loving vitamins and properties that could aid us. Vitamin A, C, and E probably ring a lot of bells for skin and beauty lovers. We can find them in countless products including the produce section of the local grocery store! By increasing your leafy greens, you will definitely start to see that glow from the inside out.

Another important part of skin health that I cannot stress enough is gut health! Those leafy greens have a great deal of fiber which is great for our body’s digestive system. All this to say, eat your veggies!



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PROBIOTICS

Okay, I know this may not exactly fall under the "food" category, but stay with me here!

As mentioned before, skin and gut health go hand and hand. Our digestive system will ultimately make sure all that healthy eating you are doing won’t go in vain. This means our gut has to be in a very healthy state in order to work at its full capacity.

That is where probiotics come in. Probiotics are live, microorganisms sometimes called “good bacteria”. It helps restore, maintain a balance and prevent disease. Plus, they play a role in our immune system.

Probiotics can be found in foods like kefir, yogurt, and fermented foods like kombucha. You can also try supplements which most health stores offer from a range of brands. I currently use Garden of Life’s Once Daily Women’s Probiotics.


This is by no means an exhaustive list. This discussion, in particular, comes with many layers. I hope this information at least sparked an interest, added or even confirmed what you already knew! Follow me on Instagram @benitabeautybyautumn to stay up to date with my skin healing journey!



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