Feed your skin a healthy diet By Laura Ballantyne

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The epidermis (top part of your skin) is the body’s largest and fastest-growing organ. The food you eat breaks down and becomes the cells to create that epidermis.

Essential fatty acids play a vital role in maintaining the skin’s natural oil barrier. It is essential in keeping skin hydrated, and provides the skin with anti-ageing properties. Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. 

Fat-soluble vitamins, most importantly vitamin E, may be effective in reducing UV damage in the skin. Avocados are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and vitamins E and C. Leafy greens such as spinach and kale are rich in vitamin E and packed full of essential minerals and vitamins for healthy skin.

Vitamin C plays a role in collagen synthesis and can have an anti-ageing effect. As an antioxidant, it fights off free radicals that can otherwise be damaging to the fibres that support skin structure (collagen and elastin). Berries, mangoes and oranges are rich in vitamin C.

Did you know Be Fit Food contains skin-nourishing foods? If you are unsure if Be Fit Food is for you, please come in-store for a free 15-minute dietetic consultation valued at $50 and receive a BFF drink bottle valued at $16.95. The most important contributor to skin health is water!

Laura Ballantyne is an accredited practising dietitian at Be Fit Food. For more info, go to befitfood.com.au or phone 1300 2 MEALS (63257)  


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