How much money have you spent on expensive cleansers, toners, or creams promising you more youthful glowing skin only to find no dramatic change, or even worse, they caused a reaction? I don’t even want to think about how much I’ve spent over the years. The truth is, clear, bright, glowing skin is built on the inside.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it’s closely connected to so many underlying processes and systems. It is influenced from gut health, hormonal balance, environmental toxins, hydration, and stress levels.
If we’re eating sugar-laden processed foods, lacking in certain nutrients, going 100 miles an hour, or using toxic products, it will all show up in our skin.
So what should you be eating for healthy, glowing, youthful skin?
Collagen is the new buzzword, and it can now be found now just about everywhere. It is the most abundant protein in the body, and is produced on a regular basis, but it does slow down with age, excessive sun exposure, and an unhealthy diet. Without it you may start seeing more wrinkles or less subtle skin. When choosing a brand ensure you are buying organic, grass-fed, and from a reputable company.
Stinging nettle is packed with vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals along with phytonutrients including deep-green chlorophyll and carotenoids. They also come with an anti-inflammatory effect which helps to calm the skin as well as provide high levels of anti-oxidants which aid in protecting the body from free radicals. Infusing a large amount of dried stinging nettle leaves in water for a long period of time is one of the easiest and most traditional ways to obtain nettle tea benefits.
Yep! Kale wins again. It contains vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K, as well as high levels of manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, protein, folate and phosphorus (OK!!! It’s awesome). I love adding kale into virtually everything from smoothies, stir-frys, to soups and salads.
Avocado is well known as a great source of vitamin E, which boosts the skin’s vitality and luminosity and, due to it’s high antioxidant levels, may help protect cells from damage. As an added bonus, it also possesses good quantities of vitamin C, which can be used to reduce skin inflammation. Eating a regular portion of avocado (half per day) can also improve the skin’s moisture.
Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day! Focus on getting these amazing foods into your body, and with time and consistency you will see a difference and so will everyone else.
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
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