Five ways to love your skin, and yourself!

1. Hydration

It’s the most common, and most talked about thing, both in regards to anti-ageing but also our health in general. When our body is dehydrated it can also show on our skin, and due to our bodies being made up of 55-70% water, it is something that makes a great difference. Both inside and out.

It has no calories or preservatives, which means that nothing in it will inflame or irritate your skin, which can’t be said for fizzy drinks. However, if you feel that water is lacking in the flavour department, having coffee or tea is still a great away to get your daily intake of water.

2. Seaweed

Seaweed has never been a staple food in the west. But this is an amazing antioxidant to add on to your weekly shopping list. Seaweed itself comes in a few forms but the most popular is nori from Japan. It can be used for sushi, in soups or as a snack on its own. Or for a British twist, try making Welsh laverbread, which is made from laver seaweed.

3. Eat antioxidants

Antioxidants when eaten can help protect against free radicals. These radicals can harm cells in the skin. By eating more antioxidant you can protect yourself against them. This in turn helps prevent premature wrinkles from appearing. If you want to get more antioxidants in your system you can eat cranberries, blueberries, seaweed and pomegranates.

4. Limit your dairy intake

Cow’s milk is the most common milk that we use on a daily basis. However, many people suffer from cow’s milk intolerance and it has been linked to skin irritation. To avoid your skin getting irritated and being damaged, you can decrease your intake of cow’s milk. Or you can consider some non-dairy milk alternatives, like almond or soya milk.

Almond milk is a great source of calcium and protein. The vitamin E in the almonds can help nourish and sooth your skin from the inside out. This can be made easily at home or found in any supermarket.

Soya milk is also an excellent replacement, and is best for those with nut allergies who can’t drink almond milk. Studies have also shown that as well as being low in saturated fat, it may also reduce people’s risk of heart disease.

5. Fish

The World Health Organization did a study showing how Japan’s life expectancy from 2013 was 84, making it the highest in the world. In comparison, the UK’s life expectancy was 81 and the USA’s was 79. Many believe it is due to Japan’s food culture that they have a higher life expectancy. Their diet is full of fish, non-dairy, low-fat foods and lots of fruit and vegetables. So let’s take a leaf out of their book and start by adding more fish to our diet. Although, more precisely, omega-3-rich fish.

The best fish you can add to your diet are salmon, herring and tuna. These are perfect for heart health because of the concentration of omega-3 fatty acids in them.

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