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Is there a link between the foods you eat and whether you have clearer, healthier skin?

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Is there a link between the foods you eat and whether you have clearer, healthier skin?

Clearer, healthier skin is a goal for many. The health of your skin is influenced by several factors, such as pollution and the sun, while some are related to what you eat, including the quality and composition of your food.

Rather than reaching for collagen supplements, instead include foods rich in protein such as meat, chicken, eggs, cheese, tofu and legumes. These foods provide your body with the amino acids needed to make collagen. Collagen also requires vitamin C for stability, which you can find in foods such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, capsicum, tomatoes, spinach, kiwi fruit, lemons and oranges.

Other nutrients that can help in keeping your skin healthy include zinc found in fish, chicken, meat and legumes, Vitamin A found in oily fish, egg yolks, cheese, tofu and wholegrains, along with Beta-carotene which is found in plants and converted to Vitamin A in the body, as well as foods rich in polyphenols, found in fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.

Whilst more evidence is needed, the influence of the foods you eat upon the severity of acne suggests that acne may be improved by eating foods with a lower GI, including wholegrain breads and pastas, apples, bananas and oats, eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, losing weight if you are overweight, limiting your intake of fried foods and those high in saturated fat, and lowering your intake of dairy products (except cheese).

Foods that may support you in having clearer, healthier skin include:

  • Carrot
  • Lettuce
  • Melon
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potato
  • Tomatoes

You can read more about the link between these foods and clearer, healthier skin here:

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Your Personal Healthy Eating Quiz

What you eat or don’t eat affects how you look, feel and perform. Take our short quiz to find out what foods you could introduce to help you be your best.

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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