Healthy living is one of the most important things in life, and it starts with how we take care of our body!

 

When it comes to healthy looking, glowing skin, what you ingest is truly as important as the products you apply to your skin. Certain foods have powerful ingredients that affect your complexion. Luminous, supple skin is only a few bites away.

When foods are digested, they get broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body uses to build healthy skin. For example, if you deprive your body of protein, your skin won’t have the amino acids that go into making collagen and elastic tissue. Obviously fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices are excellent sources of nutrients, so the next time you are at your local farmer’s market or at the grocery store, remember that the darker and brighter the colour, the more nutrients.

Key components like healthy fats (omega-3s and omega-6s), vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, antioxidants, selenium, lycopene and other carotenoids all play an important role in the skin’s health and appearance.

 

 

SUN PROTECTION

Antioxidants, like lycopene and other carotenoids, have a protective effect on your skin by decreasing its sensitivity to the sun and diminishing free radical damage. You can find them in all kinds of foods, especially colourful fruits, vegetables and spices like berries, tomatoes, carrots, apples, apricots, turmeric, beets, squash, spinach, dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, olive oil, green tea, tangerines, peppers, beans, peas and lentils.

Vitamin E (along with A and C) is also known to be a potent sun blocker that keeps skin supple and protects its top layers from UV rays and other environmental factors. They can be found in many foods, like almonds, sunflower seeds and kale, that actually gives you 134% and 133% of your daily value of vitamin C and A respectively, and is also one the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that both absorb and neutralize the free radicals created by UV light.

Minerals like selenium (that are found in brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, fish, beef, light turkey, oysters, sardines, crab and whole-wheat pasta) may protect your skin from cells that gather free radicals and help prevent skin cancer.

 

 

RADIANCE & HYDRATION

Obviously, we all know fruits and veggies are incredibly important for that healthy glow but other foods are just as effective to boost the skin’s radiance.

We all know that drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin hydrated. It also helps your cells take in nutrients and get rid of toxins while improving blood flow, which keeps your skin glowing. Who knew drinking your usual soy latte (or eating edamame) could also get you a clearer complexion? The minerals and proteins in soy have been shown to reduce hyperpigmentation. Dark chocolate is also a great addition to your diet. In addition of having high levels of antioxidant flavonols, the cocoa found in dark chocolate hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple. For a detoxing effect, liquid chlorophyll works from the inside out by oxygenating the skin to keep it healthy and glowing. It is also known for it’s cleansing properties,
helping to detox your body from blemish-causing toxins.

 

ANTI-AGING

Omega-3s and omega-6s are good fats that help create skin’s natural oil barrier, preventing dryness and blemishes while strengthening the skin. Essential fatty acids (found in olive oil, canola oil, walnuts, salmon, chia seeds and flax seeds) help your skin appear smoother and younger-looking, by repressing your body’s response to irritation and attracting water to skin cells to reduce wrinkles and plump up the skin.

Vitamin C, which is essential to collagen production, fights free radicals and helps undo sun damage to collagen and elastin, which firms up the skin. Get vitamin C from red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberries, kale and sweet potatoes. Vitamin E is another antioxidant that helps save your skin from sun damage and inflammation, and can be found in many foods like vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupes, olives, asparagus, spinach, swiss chard and other leafy greens.

The protein in dairy products, such as Greek yogurt, also helps skin become firmer and more resistant to lines.

 

 

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