Food for Thought…
A fundamental aspect of our beauty is not surprisingly our skin. As the largest organ of our body, our skin serves as a direct outer reflection of what we ingest. If our bodies aren’t receiving the nutrients it needs, it will cry out in unsightly ways that can be seen on our face. On the other hand, if we nourish and treat our bodies right, our skin will show us thanks through its appearance. One significant element that keeps our skin looking firm and fresh is our body’s ability to produce collagen. This youth factor declines with age which is why it is important to promote it’s proper maintenance. Below is a list of natural beautifying foods. Keep these in your diet and they will make you glowing and radiant, without an expensive trip to the beauty salon.
Acai–Queen of all berries? Contains a powerful dose of antioxidants, fiber, calcium, vitamins, and omega 6,9 fatty acids.
Almonds–skin rejuvenating. High in vitamin B complex giving you naturally shiny skin, hair, and nails. Restores skin cells providing a more youthful appearance by combating fine lines and wrinkles.
Apple Cider Vinegar–full of concentrated enzymes, this diet addition helps shed dead skin cells and and break-down fat.
Asparagus–packed with vitamin E, this vegetable helps build muscle and tissue. This nutrient is skin firming and prevents wrinkles, while also restoring skin cells. Vitamin E is a beauty essential, keeping your skin youthful and healthy.
Avocado–full of mono-unsaturated fats which are great for your body, stimulation cell regeneration and blood formation. Will help make your skin smooth, clear, and soft.
Blueberries–a delicious anti-aging secret, this berry contributes to skin elasticity, eyesight, and strengthens gums.
Brazilian nuts–provides UV ray protects and prevents skin dryness.
Carrots–acting like Retin A, this light snack prevents premature aging by preserving the outer layer of your skin. Also contains beta-carotene which is a strong antioxidant.
Cheese–(Swiss, Chedder, or Gouda) fights bacteria found in your mouth and prevents cavities.
Citrus Fruits–collagen forming, these fruits will make your skin look younger and fresh by tightly holding skin cells together.
Flax/Grapeseed/Spirulina/Watercress/Seaweed/Walnut–very high in Zinc which is an essential skin mineral acting as an astringent to fight against acne. Also enhances memory and thinking.
Garlic–fights wrinkles and restores skin tissue.
Grapeseed Oil–great for improving skin elasticity. Contains selenium, zinc, copper, and iron.
Oats–your source of complex carbohydrates and soluble fiber. High in a variety of beautifying elements including magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorous, silicon, and vitamins B & E.
Protein–keeps nails strong and moisture rich. Helps to build keratin.
Salmon/Tuna–rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, boosting collagen and keeping skin young and vibrant. Also high in Vitamin D which provides an overall healthy look.
Spinach/Kale/Dark Lettuce: a powerful mix of vitamins and elements including beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.
Strawberries–rich in Vitamin C, which is essential to collagen production, strawberries leave the skin smoother and give it a youthful boost. Also, clears the skin of free radicals, prevents wrinkles, and combats dryness.
Sweet Potatoes–oozing with vitamin A (an anti-wrinkling agent), this food will soften your skin leaving it smooth and supple.
Tofu/Edamame/Soy Milk–rich in isoflavones which prevent collagen breakdown. These soy products will protect the mechanism behind the maintenance of beautiful skin.
Tomatoes–abundant in vitamin A, C, and Potassium. This beauty complex will do you wonders. Contains a cartenoid called lycopene that has been shown to keep skin smooth. Lycopene is also found in carrots and watermelon.
Vitamin B/Silica (found in eggs, milk, vegetables, poultry, cucumber skin, raw oats, bean sprouts, onions)–keeps hair strong, healthy, and shiny.
Vitamin C (found also in red bell peppers, broccoli, oranges, and papaya)–for collagen synthesis. *Papaya can also be used as a paste applied to the skin, helps to remove dead skin cells.
Wheat Germ–battles blemishes! Add a few tablespoons to your diet a day to keep your face clean and clear.