By now you’ve probably heard talk about “clean eating,” but what exactly is it? Basically, it’s going for fresh and natural as often as possible, being aware of where the food comes from and what it does for your body, and going for the healthiest options over ones that aren’t so healthy. There’s a little more to it, of course. Now that you know the basics, what are some of the benefits of clean eating and how can it create positive results for your skin?
It Could Help Clear Up Acne
Certain good-for-you foods are great for your skin, and they’re not foods that are processed or found in the junk food aisle. Low glycemic foods, such as carrots, kale, broccoli, and sweet potatoes, are foods that may help to reduce acne. When blood glucose levels spike, that, in turn, can make hormone levels go up. If you’ve ever at any point dealt with acne, you likely already know that an increase in hormone levels could also mean an increase in acne. Clean eating could help you prevent the acne that you’re desperately trying to keep away.
You May Develop Less Wrinkles
If you have a sweet tooth, you’re probably not going to be happy about this, but sugar could cause you to get wrinkles. This means if you want to increase your chances of having younger-looking skin when you get older, it’s better to cut as much sugar from your diet as possible sooner than later.
Healthy Food Can Help You Sleep Better
What you eat can have a big impact on how you sleep. For example, high-fat foods may cause a disruption in your sleep cycle, and on the flip side, clean eating could allow you to sleep better. Chances are you’ve noticed when you don’t sleep well, it shows all over your face ranging from a dull skin tone to the dark under-eye circles. When you get a good night’s sleep, you allow your skin to properly repair itself during the night.
Healthy Food Gives You More Energy
How many times have you eaten junk food and felt like garbage after? You probably just wanted to lay there and do nothing but maybe eat more junk food. Clean eating could help you get a big boost in energy which means you may be more likely to do your workout than skip it in favor of just sitting around. When you exercise, you increase blood flow which nourishes skin cells. Certain foods, such as leafy greens, wild salmon, and eggs, could make a big difference in how much energy you have throughout the day, so try adding more of them to your daily diet.
When it comes to clean eating, you don’t have to throw yourself in full force and suddenly give up everything you once knew. Take little steps and let yourself – and your body – get used to the changes. Before long, you may notice the positive effects eating better has on your skin and your body and you’ll find yourself propelling forward with more healthful changes than reverting back to old ways.