Forget about the perfect blow wave, red lip, or even killer outfit. Nothing looks as good as that glow that radiates from the inside out. For truly awe-inspiring skin, why not look to nutrition to give your skin a boost from within? Food truly is what actually feeds, repairs, and rejuvenates our skin cells.
Incorporate these foods into your diet on a daily basis to help you get that awe-inspiring glow we all dream of.
Avocado - 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.
Leafy greens – especially dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, rocket, silverbeet, which are like medicine for the skin, they are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also help to detox toxins and impurities. Aim to eat 2 cups per day.
Nuts , specifically walnuts, brazil nuts and almonds - brazil nuts are high in selenium, which is important for our immune system and helps to calm inflammation and fight free radical damage. 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 organic nuts and seeds reduce inflammation in the skin and protect the skin against harmful UV rays. Almonds are a good source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium, potassium, calcium iron, all of which are essential to skin oxygenation and function.
Coconuts – coconuts contain medium-chain triglycerides, which are a wonderful healthy fat for the body, and also has antibacterial properties. Lauric acid found in coconuts have been scientifically shown to have a stronger action against the bacteria often involved with acne than benzoylperoxide, an ingredient in many medicated skin washes and some prescription acne medications. When applied topically, organic coconut oil is a fantastic way to moisturize and cleanse your skin naturally.
Broccoli and cauliflower – these veggies are part of the brassica family which contain indoles, substances that help the liver detoxify hormones, which can help with sex hormone balance, which is critical for clear skin. They are also high in fibre to promote waste elimination through the bowl (also essential for clear skin) and are high in antioxidants. Best eaten cooked if struggling with constipation.
Lemons – loaded with vitamin C and help to stimulate digestion. Drinking a large glass of warm water with the juice from ½ a lemon upon waking is a wonderful way to your kick-start digestion. It’s very cleaning, hydrating and alkalizing our your bodies.
Berries – especially blueberries, they 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.
Salmon - 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.
Apple cider vinegar - helps to stimulate digestion. When you improve digestive health, you improve your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food more effectively.
Green tea – my favourite morning drink! This wonderful skin-friendly beverage is packed full of antioxidants which protects against cellular damage throughout the body, including the aging process of the skin.