November 28, 2014 4 minute read
That glowing complexion won’t simply come from using all of the right skin care products – healthy skin starts from the inside out. How? Through essential vitamins and nutrients. These can definitely come from supplements, but your best sources come from the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. What you consume directly influences your skin, and if you’re suffering from a bad breakout…chances are there’s something in your diet that needs changing. Your best weapon for combating trouble spots will always be to eat a clean and balanced diet. I’m not saying give up the cookies and the burgers – because that would be crazy. Just make sure you incorporate vitamin rich skin-foods into your menu. Here’s a list of my favourite and most visibly beneficial superfoods for glowing skin.
Carrots. These veggies are filled with beta carotene – a pre-cursor for vitamin A (vital for correcting skin issues and normalizing skin functions). The best part is that they’re easily accessible. You can eat them raw, add them to salads, or my personal favourite, juice them! I love using my Omega J8005 Masticating Juicer to make fresh carrot juice in the morning.
Blueberries. Blueberries are great for healing damage done to the skin from over-sun exposure through the resveratrol it contains. They’re harder to come by in the winter, but once blueberry season is in effect in Vancouver I always buy a BIG box from the local farms. Then I freeze them in smaller smoothie appropriate servings so that I’ve always got these antioxidant-loaded fruits on hand.
Chia Seeds. I think it’s safe to say that these are my favourite power food. They’re loaded with omega-3 fatty acids (which as a pregnant girl you can’t get enough of!) – your best anti-inflammatory friend. I sprinkle them on salads, cereal, oatmeal, and yogurt and I add them to smoothies and baking. They’re pricey, but when you consider you use about a tbsp per serving it’s really not that bad in the long run. And when you’re deemed natures richest antioxidant source you’re definitely worth the cost.
Avocado. This is the kind of fat you want. Our bodies need fat to function, and our skin certainly needs it to glow, but you need to make sure you get the good kind. Avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which actually promote healthy blood flow – hello slightly flushed and glowing face! They’re also loaded with the B vitamins responsible for that even and clear skin tone you seek.
Kiwi. Did you know kiwis pack more vitamin C than any other fruit?! That’s pretty impressive for something so small and delicious. Your body needs vitamin C for the production of collagen – a protein that keeps the skin taut and firm. Of course, vitamin C is also an antioxidant which means it can block some of the damage that free radicals cause. So eat away!
Noni Juice. I’ve talked about it before here, but noni juice is one of the best things you can consume to achieve that perfect complexion. The fruit Morinda citrifolia (which Noni juice is made from) is a super nutrient packed source for over 170 vitamins and minerals! Plus, Miranda Kerr credits it as the reason for her perfect skin – a little support from a supermodel never hurt anyone.
Green Tea. A study in the Journal of Nutrition revealed that green tea was proven to protect skin against harmful UV radiation and improve the overall skin quality of women. This can be attributed to all of the beneficial polyphenols and catechins you’ll find in a cup! So replacing your cup of daily coffee (or maybe substituting one of the multiple cups) for a hot cup of green tea has more to offer than just a healthy dose of caffeine.
These superfoods all play a role in skin health, but there’s a limit to their power. If you continue to eat that daily bag of chips while incorporating these foods and drinks into your diet, you won’t see the results you’re looking for. This also goes for your entire lifestyle – fitness is as important as nutrition when it comes to making a positive change. Between eating clean, local, fresh and organic as often as possible, and creating an active routine, you’ll be in a perfect position to achieve that coveted glow.
*seen first on My Reward Fitness