Get the Glow. Tips for Gorgeous Skin
It’s so so true that we are what we eat, digest and assimilate and tackling skin health at a root level by upgrading the nutrients in our diets is a sure-fast way to get the glow…
It’s really easy to do and chances are you’re probably including some of these in your shopping basket. With a little extra awareness though, it’s not at all tricky to plan meals and make conscious decisions around foods that’ll add value to your health objectives in no time…
This powerful antioxidant is converted to vitamin A inside the body. It is used to repair skin tissue and protects against exposure to sunshine.
Dietary sources: Carrots, peppers
This powerful antioxidant protects skin against damaging free radicals and helps our bodies produce collagen, the protein that keeps our skin supple and firm.
Dietary sources: Acerola cherries, cocao, citrus fruits, berries, tropical fruits, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, cauliflower and dark green leafy vegetables
Another powerful antioxidant, vitamin E protects our skin cell membranes, helps nourish the skin and guards against UV radiation damage.
Dietary sources: Broccoli, almonds, avocados, olive oil, sunflower seeds, sun dried tomatoes, spinach and swiss chard
These essential oils (essential meaning vital as part of our diet because our bodies can’t produce them) help fortify skin cell membranes, protect against over-exposure to the sun’s rays and may also reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. They fight inflammation in the skin and allow water and nutrients into the skin while keeping toxins out.
Dietary sources: Flax, pumpkin, sunflower seeds and their oils, salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines
Selenium helps protect your skin against environmental damage and promotes elasticity and general skin health.
Dietary sources: Brazil and cashew nuts, sesame seeds, whole grains such as barley and wheat, brown rice, kidney beans, onions and button mushrooms
This mineral is vital re protection of cell membranes, plus it helps maintain collagen and promotes skin renewal.
Dietary sources: Pumpkin seeds, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, oats, sea vegetables and peas
…and one last thing!
Don’t forget to drink water throughout the day. It flushes toxins out of the body, delivers nutrients to cells and helps our organs to function efficiently. It also keeps cells hydrated so that they’re plump and full which means firmer and clearer looking skin.
Dietary sources: Filtered and bottled (preferably glass) herbal and fruit teas, along with fruits and vegetables; it’s easy to forget that soups, salads and steamed vegetables …they’re often 75% water so they definitely count too!
Think of food as the most proactive form of health insurance …pay now, or pay later …why wait to get sick?
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