Will Switching to a Plant Based Diet Improve Your Skin?

Will Switching to a Plant Based Diet Improve Your Skin?

Over the past few years, there's been an explosion in the popularity of plant based eating. A lot of interest stems from new research linking red meat and processed meats to cancer and attempting to curb climate change. But at Alder New York we wanted to investigate a more vain reason to make the switch to a plant based diet- Can it improve the appearance of your skin?

Phytonutrients and Vitamins

At a basic level, swapping out meat and dairy for a diet full of fruits and vegetables means a shift in the types of nutrients that you consume. Fruits and vegetables are rich in skin loving vitamins like A, C, and E, and contain minerals like calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, and magnesium that help keep your body and, yes, your skin healthy.

Fruits and vegetables are also the only source for phytonutrients like beta-carotene, anthocyanosides, resveratrol, and lutein. These are more commonly known as antioxidants, and they work to prevent cell damage which leads to disease and aging.

The downside to adhering to a strictly plant based diet is a lack of vitamin B12, which is often found in animals products. But on the plus side, a daily supplement can prevent a B12 deficiency.   

More Veg, More Hydration

Surprisingly another benefit of going plant based is a boost in hydration. Most Americans are chronically dehydrated, which makes it harder on the body to absorb nutrients and to expel toxins, bacteria, and waste. It additionally causes skin to droop, wrinkle and sag, and for fine lines to form. Fruits and vegetables are rich in water and can boost your daily water intake, improving the skin and overall body function.

Less Dairy, Less Acne

While this next bit of information isn't specific to eating more plants, it's a benefit of cutting dairy out of your diet. Dairy products, especially low fat ones like skim milk, have been linked to acne break outs. Swapping dairy for plant based foods has resulted in an improvement in mild to moderate acne. It's believed the hormones naturally found in milk, or hormones added to milk, are the culprit.

Eat Plants- Feel Better, Look Better

While there hasn't been a in-depth clinical study that we know of examining the effect of a plant based diet verses a more traditional diet of meat, dairy, and plants, it looks like adding more fruits and vegetable and reducing your meat and dairy intake can only have a positive effects on your health and improve your skin for the better. 

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