By now we know that what we eat impacts how we feel, act and even our skin health. It’s no surprise that what we drink also plays a crucial role in our overall health and therefore the appearance of our skin. Below I’ve compiled a list of beverages that will have your skin glowing and others that you’re better off avoiding.
Green tea is great because it contains antioxidants called polyphenols (also known as catechins) that neutralize free radical damage. This protection is good news for your entire body, including your skin. Ideally, opt for high quality loose leaf tea because it has sustained more of its beneficial properties compared to lower quality teas that have lost potency through oxidation. With benefits ranging from protection from cancer and Alzheimers to glowing skin, incorporating green tea into your diet is a no-brainer, amiright?!
Nothing is better than curling up with a hot cup of tea to help you unwind and de-stress. Aside from promoting peace and relaxation, which always looks good, herbal tea is a great way to keep hydrated. The list of herbal tea flavors and variations is endless. Like with green tea, loose leaf is purer and usually offers a richer, well-rounded taste but regular tea is still a lovely option.
Surprise! As obvious as this is, a lot of us still aren’t getting adequate amounts of water, period. Drinking more water will make your entire body work better from metabolism to cognitive function. A well hydrated body can function more efficiently and this will show on your skin. If water bores you add some oomph by infusing it with mint, cucumber, or lemon. Which brings me to my next beverage.
This is my personal fave. Lemon water tastes great and is turbo healthy. Our bodies absorb nutrients better, fight disease and generally function better when our insides are more alkaline than acidic. To get the most benefits from lemon water have it in the morning. Make sure the water is warm, not hot. Warm water will ensure that the beneficial enzymes are not destroyed by heat. Add about half an ounce of lemon juice per two cups of water. Always use juice from an actual lemon, not packaged lemon juice.
Dairy sensitivity is super common. A lot of us have a hard time digesting it and this shows on the skin. Some folks find they have much better luck with alternatives like almond or soy milk. If you’re having skin issues, particularly on your cheeks, then consider trying to lower or cut out dairy; it may help!
Beverages To Keep To A Minimum
Alcohol. The main problem with alcohol is that it causes inflammation and inflammation is linked to all sorts of diseases in the body. Inflammation also appears on the skin in various ways. If you already have a skin condition such as Rosacea it will cause flare ups and irritation. Acne will flare up and have a more swollen appearance. Again, your body will not function as well if you are consuming too much alcohol and this will manifest in various ways in the body and show on your skin.
There is so much controversy surrounding milk from whether it’s good or bad for you, to what animal source it should come from, not to mention the whole organic/non-organic thing. As I mentioned in the milk alternatives chunk above, dairy can wreak havoc on some people’s digestion and it shows on their skin. Cow’s milk tends to contain higher amounts of lactose, a naturally occurring sugar, but some of us have a hell of a time breaking down and digesting it. You may have to drop animal milk altogether if you’re having a hard time with lactose.
Sugary Juice and Pop
Processed food and sugars are bad, bad, bad! A 355ml of pop can contain 24 grams of sugar and sometimes even more. To give you a visual 24 grams is about 6 teaspoons of sugar. Whaaaat?! A glass of orange juice can provide a nice dose of vitamin c but don’t make this the only source; fruit juices can contain just as much sugar as pop.
Coffee makes our insides acidic and, as I mentioned above, our innards function better when everything is more alkaline. Coffee is also a diuretic so it makes you have to pee way more. If you already drink a lot of water you may be fine but if you’re drinking a lot of coffee and not replenishing with water afterwards you can become dehydrated.
It all boils down to moderation. If your diet is healthy then indulging once is a while will feel great. Have your morning coffee but don’t rely on it as your main beverage throughout the day. Have a beer or glass of wine but don’t make hangovers a lifestyle. Being mindful of what you drink and incorporating healthy beverages is one of the easiest ways to get a healthier body and glowing skin.