The Nutrient Your Skin is Probably Missing

We have spent so much time purging our diets of “bad” food that we may actually be depriving our body of the nutrients it needs to flourish. There are certainly foods that have no benefit, like sugary drinks or donuts, or deep-fried Twinkies. However, one food group that we have unfairly banished from our lives is fat. Fat has certainly earned its bad reputation as the artery-clogging, heart stopping food group that it is, but we should step back and examine which types of fat are actually at fault.

Fat, in moderation and from healthy sources, can actually be the secret to maintaining a healthy glow. So what are the right sources? Fish, avocado, olive oil, nuts, and plant-based sources are great places to find the right kind of fat. These contain high concentrations of essential fatty acids that you’ve probably heard of- omega-3 and omega-6. You can also take daily supplements if you are unable to intake enough of these fats though your diet.

Of course, fats like butter, fried foods, chicken skin, etc. are not in this category. They are bad for your skin and your overall health, and should be consumed sparingly if at all. Even good fats should be consumed in moderation— they are still calorie-dense and should make up about 35% of your diet, or slightly less.

When your diet lacks these fats, your skin becomes dry, dull, and can exhibit other unhealthy appearances. You may also notice dull, brittle hair and fingernails that break easily. There are tons of health benefits to be derived from omega fatty acids, beyond improving your appearance. They help your brain, your eyes, your joints, your immune system, and so much more. How can you add these healthy fats to your diet? Snack on almonds, top off your sandwich with avocado, cook with coconut oil, munch on walnuts and brazil nuts, scoop chia seeds into your morning yogurt, or nibble on sunflower seeds. There are so many delicious ways to up your healthy fat intake!

The good news is that you should go eat a salmon and avocado roll, or get the avocado toast at brunch with a drizzle of olive oil. All of these recommended foods are delicious and easy to eat, and now we know that they are also healthy and will make your skin glow!

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