Five Skin-Friendly Superfoods to Add to Your DietJanuary 30th, 2018 by Dr. Michael Glass
Superfoods Your Skin Loves
The skin acts as a window to our health. When we maintain a balanced and nutrient-rich diet, follow a regular exercise routine and seek ways to combat stress, our skin shows us the fruits of our labor. Many of the antioxidant properties and ingredients mirrored in skin crèmes come from the same elements present in antioxidant diets.
By combining our daily skin-boosting skin regimen with a skin-friendly diet, we set our skin on the right track toward a fresh, ageless appearance.
According to a 2012 study, skin-friendly diets should include plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids. Nutritionist Paula Simpson also encourages adding fiber, raw fruits and vegetables and lean proteins to this list. Providing your body with the building blocks of new cells encourages proper regeneration and a youthful appearance. Also, anti-inflammatory ingredients deter reactions that inhibit clear and smooth skin coloring.
Explore a few of these recommended goodies to boost your skin’s appearance and overall health. Chances are, most of these ingredients are already part of your daily favorites.
Tomatoes are packed with the helpful antioxidant lycopene. While most foods are better off eaten raw, both processed and fresh tomatoes feature lycopene. It actually becomes easier to digest the nutrient once tomatoes are cooked or preserved. Be aware that many tomato products also contain an overabundance of sugar—such as some ketchups and soups—so choose products with fresh, whole ingredients. If you’re passionate about cooking, start up a pot of homemade marinara for an anti-aging classic.
Don’t reserve this anti-inflammatory favorite for your September Pumpkin Spice Latte. Cinnamon provides excellent support to the body’s circulatory system, delivering proper blood and oxygen to the skin. Nutritionists also recommend swapping out sugar for cinnamon in your morning coffee or smoothies. Cinnamon helps balance your blood sugar, which keeps the body from over producing oil in the skin.
3. Spinach and Leafy Greens
Leafy greens boast an impressive list of health benefits, containing many of the vitamins and antioxidants that play large roles in cell reproduction.
The USDA promotes eating two to three servings of leafy greens a day to decrease the probability of skin and other cancers.
These delicious additions to morning yogurt or post-workout smoothie are famous for their antioxidant anthocyanins.
These are known to protect skin cells from premature aging.
Additional benefits include Vitamin A—great for fighting wrinkles—and its anti-inflammatory properties, that can ward off sagging skin and outbreaks.
5. Chia Seeds
Director of cosmetic and clinical research Joshua Zeichner, told Allure all about the benefits of Chia Seeds. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, these versatile little seeds support collagen production and overall new skin cell rejuvenation. Soak them in almond milk overnight for a dairy-free chia pudding or pop them in the blender to add protein to your smoothie.
All diet changes are about finding the correct balance for your body and its unique needs, and this goes for caring for your skin as well. On the whole, seek out your favorite whole ingredients known for skin-promoting benefits. Other beneficial additions include polyphenols—mostly found in coffee, tea and some legumes—and Co-Enzyme Q10, available as a supplement or easy to find in oily fish and whole grains.
Gift your body with every meal, choosing foods that promote healthy, glowing skin.
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