Who doesn’t want softer, smoother, hydrated and dewy skin! Our skin is the largest organ in our body, there are many ways to nourish it but the most important place to start is from the inside with proper nutrition. I always say, if you want to be sparkling on the outside you have to start sparkling on the inside.
Our digestive health shows up on our skin quite literally. If your digestive system is out you will not be absorbing nutrients your body needs to shine. With an impaired digestive system we become inflamed or sensitive to certain foods and our skin is often one of the first places that shows. Another factor to consider if your stress levels. Stress causes hormonal shifts in our body which can make us break out. Stress increases cortisol and can contribute to a decrease in sleep and impaired digestion.
Back on topic now, lets talk about beauty foods which can help get you that glow.
Here are my 5 favourite foods for great skin:
Salmon is one of my favourite foods, it’s jam-packed full of so much goodness! It’s a fantastic source of easily digested protein which is vital for skin, hair and nail health. It's high in omega-3 which is important for calming inflammation in our body and providing moisture to our cells. Salmon also contains vitamins such as vitamin D, A and some members of the B-family.
Who needs another excuse to eat avocados? Avo’s are packed with antioxidants like vitamin C which is vital for collagen formation, vitamin E which helps protect against free radicals, alpha carotene, beta carotene, lutein and more. It’s also full of essential fatty acid which is important to help reduce inflammation in the body and help guard the skin against sun damage. This creamy fruit is also a great source of fiber, and contains healthy fats which helps to lock in moisture.
3. Nuts – specifically brazil nut and walnuts
It’s hard to only choose one nut as nuts contain an array of beneficial nutrients such as protein and healthy fats. Brazil nuts are high in selenium, which is important for our immune system. It helps to calm inflammation, fights free radical damage (linked to heart disease and cancer) and is vital for our thyroid health and therefore metabolism. I recommended eating 3 brazil nuts each day to all my clients. Walnuts are another fantastic nut which are very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps lock-in moisture and nutrients in the skin, making it plump and glowing. Healthy fats found in most nuts and seeds reduce inflammation in the skin and protect the skin against harmful UV rays.
4. Pumpkin Seeds
Packed with zinc, which is an important beauty mineral. It helps protects skin from free-radical damage, sun exposure and infection. Zinc assists in cell renewal, helping to heal and rejuvenate cuts and wounds, controls acne flare-ups and gives your skin a glow! Pumpkin seeds also contain other minerals and B vitamins (including biotin), which help promote healthy and strong hair. Try sprinkling them on top of salads, or adding 1-2 tablespoons into a smoothie, or adding them into your granola, porridge or bircher.
Are high in antioxidants which can help slow the aging process down by preventing oxidation. Berries are also rich in vitamin C, which help with skin collagen production, this helps to improve the firmness and elasticity of your skin.
If you feel your digestive system needs some support so you can sparkle from the inside out feel free to contact me or book in a consultation with me. I'd love to help you get your health back on track. I have also written a few blog posts sharing tips on how to support your digestive system..
What are your favourite beauty foods, tips or tricks? Anything you consume orally or put on your skin which helps? I'd love to hear from you!
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