Best Foods to Eat for Healthy Skin
One of the reasons I love summer so much is that our skin naturally glows this time of year.
Have you ever wondered why that is? Is it our diet? Is it consuming more water? How about more sunshine and vitamin D? Or is it that we are getting more oxygen through exercise and outdoor recreation? Well, as it turns out - it is all of these things! But most importantly, the foods that we consume on a daily basis has The Biggest Impact on how Glowing and Clear our skin is....
With that being said, I've compiled a list for all you beauties for the Best Foods to consume on a daily basis to get that healthy, clear & glowing skin all year round!
#1 - Avocados
It's no wonder why so many DIY face masks are made up of this gooey-green stuff and why so many health conscious people worship the avocado (I looove a good avocado! ) They’re filled with vitamins A, D, and E, and are a super source of healthy monounsaturated fats and phytonutrients.
"The superhydrating and soothing omega fatty acids in avocados make skin look supple and radiant and lessen inflammation, redness and even acne," - Murad, MD.
#2 - Berries
We all know that berries are full or powerful antioxidants and are known to turn back the clock on aging. But did you also know that they help to heal and prevent broken capillaries??
Along with vitamins A and C, they contain anthocyanin and ellagic acid.
"Anthocyanin and vitamin C help lessen free radical damage, and ellagic acid minimizes inflammation and prevents the breakdown of collagen, the springy fibers that make up skin's support structure," - Dr. Murad.
#3 - Salmon
Salmon has a good solid source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are the key players in a healthy skincare regime. These two types of fatty acids help keep our skin stay hydrated, fight inflammation, and keeps our skin protected from UV rays and pollution.
If you are not a fan of eating salmon, I have some tasty recipes I can send you that you will love!
#4 - Tomatoes
Who doesn't love tomatoes? My entire family can eat a bowl of cherry tomatoes (without sharing) in one sitting. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and contain all of the major carotenoids, especially lycopene. These carotenoids protect your skin from sun damage and may help prevent wrinkling.
I just learned that you’ll get an extra boost when your tomatoes have been heated, which sounds like a good reason to go for that pasta marinara or homemade pizza you love...
#5 - Walnuts
In general, all nuts and seeds are a good sources of skin-boosting nutrients. However, the walnut is richer than most other nuts in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Walnuts contain not only a good source of essential fats but also - zinc, vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium and protein — all of which are powerful nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy.
Top them on your favorite salad and stir-fry or keep them on hand for a mid-day snack!
That's it! Seems pretty simple! Top #5 foods for glowing & healthy skin all year round!
~ Happy Last days of Summer ya'll !
Much love, xx
p.s. read below to get an idea of a healthy skin glowing diet!
The Gorgeous-Skin Diet
Brooke Alpert, RD, a dietitian in New York City, created this meal plan to supercharge your complexion.
Breakfast: Coco-berry smoothie: Puree 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 2 scoops protein powder, 1/2 cup probiotic-rich kefir, and 1 handful berries in a blender; serve over ice.
Snack: Smash 1/2 avocado in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes; eat with 6 small multigrain crackers.
Lunch: Spinach salad with 4 ounces grilled chicken, 1 ounce goat cheese and 1/4 cup sliced peaches and oranges; top with 1/2 tablespoon each of olive oil and lemon juice with chopped garlic to taste.
Snack: A sliced apple with 1 tablespoon almond butter (or about 25 almonds).
Dinner: Four ounces poached salmon over 1 cup each sauteed kale and broccoli with 1/2 cup brown rice.