I’m sure you’ve heard the term “you are what you eat,” knowing that if you eat a diet of unhealthy foods, chances are you won’t feel very healthy. Well, did you know that what you eat affects more than how you feel? It can affect how your skin looks, feels, and ages, as well. By eating a diet rich in healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables, and staying away from fried, sugary, processed foods, you will be working with your skin to keep it fresh, glowing and healthy. Not to mention help with anti-aging! There are certain foods which are extremely beneficial for your skin – try adding these into your diet on a daily or weekly basis.
Get your vitamin A (important to prevent premature aging) from sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin seeds, spinach and kale.
Fill up on your omega-3s with salmon, flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, cauliflower and tahini. Omega-3 essential fatty acids help to boost your collagen production, which is imperative for healthy, glowing hair, skin + nails.
Eat an avocado a day! Avocados are packed full of vitamins A, C, K and E, and B6. They contain antioxidants, monounsaturated fats, and fatty acids which help the skin acquire and retain moisture.
Eat your berries, citrus, kiwis and leafy greens to get plenty of vitamin C, which helps repair damaged body tissues and fights oxidation. Blueberries are loaded with anthocyanins that strengthen the skin’s collagen matrix.
Broccoli is a powerful vegetable for the skin, as it is rich in Vitamins A and C. Vitamin A helps keep the skin healthy and reduces scars, while Vitamin C helps to maintain collagen production. Broccoli also contains B-vitamins that help reduce dry and flaky patches.
Add spirulina and bee pollen to your smoothies. Spirulina powder is blue-green algae derived from the ocean and some freshwater lakes. It is known to help clear up skin and give it a healthy glow. Spirulina is truly a beauty food, with its vitamins A and K, protein, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, and is a probiotic. Bee pollen naturally contains vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty acids, that boosts your body’s beauty and overall health.
Bone broth is loaded with collagen (people are calling it a dose of liquid Botox!) which is the building blocks for healthy skin. You can sip on a warm cup of it (like tea), or make a veggie bone broth soup.
Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and getting enough quality sleep! Aim for 60+ ounces of H20 per day and 7-8 hours a night of good quality sleep. Don’t forget to add lemon to your water! Lemons are full of antioxidants that stimulate liver enzymes to help flush toxins from your body.
Remember that caffeine tends to dehydrate, so aim for one cup of coffee per day (add a teaspoon of coconut oil for extra health & beauty benefits), or even better – switch to green tea, which is loaded with antioxidants that eliminate free radicals and prevent flaky skin. The antioxidants in green tea also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. In the afternoon, resort to caffeine free herbal teas like rooibos tea which is great for the skin and anti-aging.
Beauty starts from the inside – out!