An Accredited Member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, Julie Graduated with distinctions from S.A. College of Botanic Medicine and Natural Therapies Pty Ltd. Professional Qualifications include: Naturopathic Doctor, Herbal & Homoeopathic Practitioner: Diet and Nutritional Medicine: Remedial & Therapeutic... more
As members of my community, I am sure you are learning that food will always be your best line of defense, whether that be from prevention of disease to supporting your body to function optimally.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so whatever you put into place to improve the health of your skin will also improve your overall general health.
The only two secrets to healthy glowing skin is not using copious amounts of makeup, and watching what you put on your skin and what you put in your body.
In this article I am sharing with you the foods that will give you healthy, glowing skin.
Blueberries - You can start your day with a blueberry and almond milk smoothie. You can have cottage cheese on toast topped with blueberries. ALso, you can add them to salads.
Wild salmon (not farm-raised) - This is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help to keep your skin supple and moisturized from the inside out. Salmon has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. The vitamin D in salmon will keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy. You can easily add salmon to your diet by grilling, baking, or steaming. To add flavor, use lemon, garlic, and onion. Add it to your favorite pasta, salad, sushi, or as an addition to a shared platter. By including other foods such as celery, kale, cucumber, grated beetroot, and asparagus, you can incorporate many other superfoods when it comes to healthy skin.
Spinach - Baby or regular spinach is loaded with powerful nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach also has lutein, which is supportive in healthy, sparkling eyes. Other nutrients found in spinach are vitamins B, C, E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Exchange your lettuce for spinach! It will provide you with far greater health benefits. For some variation, you can sautée it with some kale, garlic, pine nuts, and/or almond slivers, making it a great side dish.
Oysters - Well, you know oysters are renowned for their aphrodisiac properties. They are also an excellent source of zinc. Zinc plays a major role in healthy skin, hair, and nails as well as being a great for supporting healthy immune function.
Tomatoes - These are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant, lycopene. You may find it interesting that the lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked. So add tomatoes to your stir fry, or your sautéed spinach or kale, and enjoy the benefits.
Walnuts - These are a great source, once again, of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. Walnuts make a great addition to baked vegetables and salads. I love to eat them when I munch on an apple.
Kiwi fruit - Kiwi is one of the best sources of vitamin C. Loaded with antioxidants to help keep the skin firm, it helps to prevent premature wrinkling of the skin. Kiwi also aids detoxification; therefore, it's beneficial for overcoming acne. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help to prevent cancer and heart disease while also providing great benefits for healthy skin, hair, nails and teeth. There's nothing yummier than a banana and kiwi fruit smoothie made with almond or coconut milk.
Yogurt - Organic, plain yogurt is your best source of calcium. Assisting with strong healthy bones is important for support of your skin. This helps to prevent sagging skin. Add to your favorite smoothie or oatmeal in the morning with organic honey and slivered almonds.
Sweet potatoes - A sweet potato is the best source of beta carotene and antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help with the restoration process of the body by helping to eliminate the baddies. Sweet potatoes are tastiest roasted with some garlic and caraway seeds. To add flavor when mashing, you can use dill or dill-infused goat cheese mashed through. Garlic-infused olive oil also adds that little extra burst of flavor.
Celery - Once again, this is another food packed with vitamins A, C, K, potassium, selenium and B6. Celery also has great antioxidant and detoxification properties. Celery makes a great snack on its own, with dips, or by adding cottage cheese or even peanut butter as a yummy snack.
These are just to name a few of the wonderful benefits that fresh fruit and vegetables (and don't forget your nuts and seeds) have to support a healthier and happier you!
Always remember that what you put on your skin is just as important. This is why Julie developed her skin, hair and body care range - "Just for You" by Julie - "Caring for both your health and skin from the outside in"
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