Everyone wants beautiful skin, but not many people know it has a great deal to do with your diet. Whether you’re chilling in the sun in your Gucci sunglasses, working hard to earn those dollars, or simply relaxing with the kids, here are some yummy foods that will also help your complexion!
Blueberries: Blueberries are an excellent source of phytochemicals, that act as antioxidants to shield against free radicals which damage collagen. They are also high in vitamin C.
Avocados: Avocados are also a good source of antioxidants, plus they are rich in vitamins A,D, and E. They also contain oleic acid which is one of the good fats. It can lower cholesterol and has been shown to slow the development of heart disease. Avocados also contain biotin which helps prevent dry skin, brittle hair and nails.
Sweet Potatoes or Yams: Sweet potatoes and yams are loaded with beta-carotene, which besides giving them their beautiful orange colour, protects against the UV rays of the sun. They are also a good source of vitamin C.
Almonds: Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E and good fats which are beneficial for your hair and skin. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. Adding a handful of almonds daily is a easy way to get your vitamin E.
Wild Salmon: Salmon is a high protein food with one of the richest concentrations of omega 3 fatty acids. These healthy fats help to keep your skin supple and moisturized. It’s also a good source of vitamin D and selenium, a important mineral for antioxidant protection. Farm raised salmon does not have the nutritional value of wild salmon since they are fed mostly soy. They also contain more contaminants due to the fact that they are kept in pens.
Flax and Sunflower seeds: You can also get your omega 3′s from flax and sunflower seeds. The oil in flax seeds has a high lignan and omega 3 content. The lignan can promote healthy bowel function. The omega 3′s will help keep your skin, hair, and nails supple and strong. If you have dry cuticles or heels and nails that break easily, you may benefit from adding flax to your diet. Flax seeds must be ground to release the oil. You can do this with a coffee grinder.
Carrots: Carrots are loaded with vitamin A and beta carotene. Vitamin A can help with breakouts and many skin diseases such as eczema. Carrots also contain vitamin C which aids collagen production in the body. Beta carotene protects against the sun’s UV rays.
Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe also contains vitamins A, C and beta carotene, which protect against sun damage. It also contains potassium which helps support your metabolism. Cantaloupe is also a good source of dietary fibre and is a great hydrator for your skin.
Green Tea: Next to water, green tea may be the best thing you can drink. Green tea contains the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea. The green tea polyphenols can help to slow down the development of some signs of aging as well as protection from UV rays. Green tea can also increase your brain function, lower your cholesterol, increase fat burning, and improve physical performance. It may also reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. With all the benefits of green tea, what’s not to love? It’s recommended to drink 3-4 cups per day.