This may, in fact ,be my last reference to the bad winter we, and the rest of the country, had this year. The extreme cold temps outside and the excessive use of heat inside wreaked havoc on my skin. That’s kind of where this all started. What can I do to revitalize my skin? Immediately, it made sense to me that the foods we eat not only fuel the body the nutrients and vitamins must benefit (or in some cases harm) our skin. I was sure of it. First, I focused on what seemed logical based on what I already know about certain foods and nutrients. Basically, it came down to hydration and not fearing the fats but actually increasing them instead. I made it a point to add specific fruits to my diet on a daily basis. Throw in the veggies I already eat in abundance, focus on healing my gut and increasing my water intake and I noticed a huge difference in how my skin looked and felt!
Long story short, my little experiment lead me to wanting to know more about healthy skin and the foods we eat. Call me a nutrition nerd but I find all of this fascinating!
Sidenote: I can’t wait to share what I’m going to do with my fascination and nerdiness!
Apples: Vitamin C in apples helps to firm and tone the skin. It prevents free-radical damage and protects skin cells.
Avocado: Full of vitamins A, E, B and Biotin. Avocados help your skin stay hydrated. They’re also a good source of zinc, which cleanses and detoxifies your body.
Beets: A great source of antioxidants that reduce inflammation and slows down the aging process and helps prevent wrinkles.
Carrots: High in vitamin C which protects and improves skin. They are high in beta carotene which the body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for healthy skin.
Cucumbers: Contain silicon which fights wrinkles and helps skin elasticity.
Flaxseed: A major source of the healthy fat omega-3. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty layer made from this and other fats so, the higher the omega-3 intake the stronger that layer is, and the plumper your skin cells are which helps disguise lines and wrinkles.
Green Tea: An excellent source of polyohenols, which are strong antioxidants.
Kiwis: A great source of vitamin C, which helps protect your skin from sun damage.
Leafy Greens [Dark]: Contain collagen producing agents and packed with an antioxidant, lutein which will boost skin hydration and elasticity. Also rich in vitamin C which helps to strengthen the body’s ability to produce collagen and to utilize protein effectively.
Prunes: One of the biggest causes of skin aging is attack by free radicals that break down healthy skin tissues. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals before they can do any damage. Prunes are the fruit containing the absolute highest level of antioxidants.
Pumpkin Seeds: Packed with zinc which is essential in the creation of new skin cells and an aid in protein synthesis and collagen formation. Zinc controls the production of oil in the skin and adds color and brightness to the complexion.
Spinach: Loaded with antioxidants which can help reduce the onset of wrinkles, strengthens skin tissue and has anti-inflammatory properties which helps flush out the toxins.
Tomatoes: The antioxidant, lycopene, found in tomatoes helps prevent free radicals and oxidative damage to your skin. Like cucumbers, tomatoes contain silicon which helps keep skin elastic.
Walnuts: A rich source of Omega-3s, which helps make skin smoother and look younger.
Water: Water improves skin complexion. It moisturizes the skin and helps keep it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. It also helps reduce wrinkles and is described as the best anti-aging treatment around.
Resources: Health Central, Natural News, Food Matters
Are any of the foods for beautiful skin on your menu this week? Is it weird that my favorite store right now is Whole Foods?
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Fruit Chia Parfait
Loaded Sweet Potato
Walnut Avocado Salad with Marinated Portobello
Long Weekend Grilled Salad
Portobello “Steak” Fajitas
Protein Power Goddess Bowl
Spiced Almond Milk
Crunchy Carrot Salad
Crunchy Seed and Oat Flatbread with Avocado
Classic Glow Bar
Banana Soft Serve
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