In most cases, having a healthy complexion has more to do with what you eat and drink than what you apply on your skin. How your skin looks can be a clear indication of your internal state. Therefore, if you are healthy on the inside, this will reflect on the appearance of your skin – clear skin. If you have ever had a week of binge eating on fast foods, then I bet you can concur with the above statement.
In the quest for clear skin, what many people seem to forget is that the skin is the largest body organ. When you sweat, you expel toxins through it. One small change to your daily routine can make a world of difference. In fact, you could just be a drink away from radiant, healthy, clear skin.
Quick Biology Lesson
Your liver performs over 500 different functions, detoxification being the most important one. It plays a central role in all metabolic processes. Anytime you ingest anything, your liver must first ‘approve’ before it enters your bloodstream. The good stuff is ‘allowed’ to stay in your body while the toxins are excreted.
If your liver is unable to detoxify properly, due to a poor diet, toxins can build up in your body creating free radicals that in turn promote cell damage to your skin. Some of the skin problems associated with toxic liver build-up include:
- Age spots and blemishes
- Eczema, dermatitis or even skin rashes
Here are some powerful drinks that will help detoxify your body while giving you the ultimate beauty makeover from the inside out.
- Start your day with Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV works wonders at clearing toxins out of your body. It balances your skin’s PH levels and has long been recommended as a skin tonic. Real, organic ACV is made by fermenting pressed apple juice until the sugars turn to vinegar. Malic acid is formed in the creation of AVC giving it antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. This is what makes it particularly good for your skin. Mix one to two tablespoons with a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning to clear toxins out of your body and kick start your digestive system.
Ps: Apple Cider Vinegar should always be diluted. You can also use it topically as a toner.
You can buy organic ACV from any Healthy U stores. Make sure it reads ‘with the mother’; this is what gives the product the murky appearance that collects at the bottom of the bottle. The mother is the most important part of ACV. That is where the raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria are contained.
- Drink green tea
This is a very popular drink. Green tea contains antioxidants known as catechins and polyphenols. Both are powerful acne-busting components that help to reduce inflammation in the body and balance out hormones. Studies have also shown that drinking green tea may actually help in reducing the risk of skin cancer. (You still have to take other precautionary measures though such as wearing sunscreen on a daily).
- Green juice/smoothie
If you are looking for the magic ingredient to amazing skin and bulletproof health, juicing is something you should incorporate into your routine. One of the benefits of drinking green juice daily is that it’s a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins. Drinking your greens not only ensures you are getting your daily recommended serving of vegetables but you’re also boosting your body with a highly concentrated blast of instantly absorb-able nutrients. They can have major transforming effects on your body from the inside out.
Here is my Favorite green smoothie recipe:
– A handful of spinach
– 1 Cucumber
– ½ Avocado
– ½ handful parsley
– 1 banana
– ½ Mango
– 1 Cup coconut water
I highly recommend making one from home, as you can easily select the fruits and vegetables you want to add. If you don’t have the time, you can grab a green smoothie on the go at Zucchini.
Science has proven that there is a link between gut health and your skin. There is a harmony of good and bad bacteria that live inside your gut. When this balance is disrupted, it can wreak havoc on your skin. Kombucha is an ancient fermented drink that was originally consumed in China years ago for its detoxifying and energizing properties. It is packed with probiotics, lactic acid and digestive enzymes that help to restore order in your intestinal track by introducing good bacteria back into your gut.
Kombucha is a fermented drink made with black or green tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. The sugary drink turns into kombucha with the help of a S.C.O.B.Y – Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. (Looks like a mushroom). This drink has gotten so much praise especially from acne sufferers that it’s definitely worth giving a shot. The next time you are thirsty and don’t feel like taking water, reach out for Kombucha. It is not only tasty and hydrating, but you will feel good knowing that it’s doing amazing things for your skin and body too.
You can buy kombucha here.
Now you know how to drink your way to clear skin. Do you want to learn more about the foods that can transform your skin? Check out healthy skin diet, best and worst foods for your skin