Beauty is more than skin deep of course, but did you know skin problems are as well? Most people think skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and dry or irritated skin are just that—skin problems. However, more often than not, the root cause of those problems could have a lot to do with what you’re eating – and not eating enough of.
Often, the secret to glowing radiant skin is actually a healthy, happy gut.
The skin’s main goal is first and foremost to protect the body. When we have digestive problems, our skin steps in and takes the hit—removing inflammatory byproducts from the inside, and manifesting them instead on the outside. Results could include: acne, psoriasis, dry patches, oily skin, eczema, and other less than glamorous skin problems.
These 3 powerhouse foods could help address the underlying problem and hopefully leave you with glowing, radiant skin.
Powerhouse Food #1: Kimchi (pronounced kim-chee)
Kimchi is a blend of fermented napa cabbage and spices, and is an awesome source of probiotics. You can find a variety of recipes and styles online.
Why it helps: Fermented foods like kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha can boost good bacteria help prevent bad bacteria overgrowth.
How to eat it: Kimchi is great with eggs to start your morning, on top of tacos or Asian dishes, or even just alone as a snack.
Powerhouse Food #2: Salmon
Cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, and cod are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Why it helps: Consume good sources of omega-3s and limit intake of omega-6s to decrease inflammation that destroys the stomach lining and leads to leaky gut—a condition where undigested food particles enter the bloodstream and trigger an inflammatory response.
How to eat it: Salmon is easy and delicious baked as a main dish with lemon juice, butter, and herbs, on top of salads, or in patties or lettuce wraps. You can also supplement with fermented cod liver oil to increase omega-3 intake.
Powerhouse Food #3: Ginger
Ginger and other herbs contain naturally occurring bittering agents.
Why it helps: Add ginger to your diet to naturally increase stomach acid production, which can contribute to a healthy gut lining and maximize nutrient absorption, in turn promoting healthy, radiant skin.
How to eat it: Try homemade ginger tea, add it to smoothies, or grate fresh ginger in stir-fry dishes with cauliflower rice.
Most people don’t even know they’re suffering from gut conditions. If you’re consuming these foods in your diet and still don’t see a difference in your skin problems, you may want to work with a dietitian or functional medicine practitioner to uncover the root cause of your skin problems.
Glowing radiant skin starts with eating real, whole, unprocessed foods on a daily basis and creating a healthy environment throughout your entire body. So before you reach for the topical cream, consider what the deeper issue may be and the best path for you to resolve it.