As the largest external organ of our body, the skin is the most visible and essential organ. As the skin holds everything in place, it also has many functions such as helping with body temperature regulation, immune defense, sense of touch, and vitamin production such as vitamin D. Skin has mostly been a focus on achieving the perfect glow from specific vitamins to different types of topical chemicals.
The saying ‘you are what you eat’ may have an importance when it comes to the skin. There are foods that can help improve skin and has proven benefits. Perhaps adding these foods to the diet will help strengthen the skin externally and internally.
Healthy Skin Food #1: Salmon
Salmon is loaded with so many nutrients and has many health benefits. It contains antioxidants and most importantly vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to healthy skin. Salmon contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). DHA keeps the brain functioning and EPA is what helps the skin.
Omega-3 in salmon helps dry and oily skin conditions by boosting hydration and delaying the skin’s aging process. Our bodies do not produce fatty acids, so intake of food with omega-3’s will help with moisture and help reinforce the skin’s barrier. A study was shown that omega-3 fatty acid helped inflammatory diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and psoriasis.