I want to introduce a new three part series - Beautifying Foods. Let me start off by expressing that beauty is obviously much more than what is on the surface, and there is definitely no one definition or measure of beauty. This series isn’t about vanity, but it is about highlighting how external beauty is a reflection of our health. I mean who doesn’t like to feel radiant, both on the inside and outside?
Today’s post is all about skin and foods that will help keep your skin glowing. Do you know that our skin is actually our largest organ! It’s true! Our skin cells actually renew themselves every 28 days(1). This means that by adding skin loving foods into your diet, you can see a difference in as little as 28 days!
Here are three key things to add to your day that will keep your skin healthy:
The first skin loving food I recommend, isn’t actually a food, its WATER! Water is such an important and simple thing that everyone can add to their beauty routine and is important for our bodies internally as it is essential for almost every function in the body.
The Benefits of Water:
Helps regulate body temperature
Helps with digestion
Keep our skin hydrated
Helps to prevent skin from looking dull, uneven skin (and a lack of water can even contribute to dark circles under the eyes)
..and the list goes on -all the more reasons to drink up! Check out my blog post on how to make a simple swap from juice to water.
2. Vitamin C
The next nutrient that is excellent for our skin is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the water-soluble vitamins we need to get from food. For our skin, Vitamin C is needed to synthesize collagen - a protein found in skin that gives skin its plumpness!
The Role of Vitamin C in the Body:
Helps absorb iron from the food we eat,
Supports the immune system so it stays strong
Is an antioxidant as well!
Now, before you go out and buy a Vitamin C supplement, check out the list of foods that are a great sources of Vitamin C:
Citrus Fruits like Oranges, grapefruits, lemons
Bell Peppers, especially red bell peppers
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Tropical fruits like Pineapples, Guavas, Lychees and Mangoes
Cabbage, Kale and Bok choy
Strawberries and other Berries
Persimmons, check out my Persimmon Almond Overnight Oats Recipe
Vitamin C isn’t the only antioxidant that is food for the skin. Have you noticed that a lot of the anti-aging products on the market have things like Vitamin A? Well, companies aren’t just using them to sound fancy, they are actually good amazing for skin health too! Vitamin A, unlike Vitamin C, is a fat-soluble vitamin. This means that it needs a fat source before it can be absorbed into the body. Vitamin A is actually part of what makes skin, skin! It also helps to keep our eyes and vision tip-top. In plants, Vitamin A is found in a form called Beta-Carotene and when we eat fruits and vegetables rich in Beta-Carotene, the body converts it into Vitamin A. An easy way to know which fruits and vegetables are high in Beta-Carotene is by looking of the colour of it. Beta-Carotene is what makes non-citrus fruits and vegetables orange!
Remember that beauty really does shine from within and physical beauty is only a reflection on what is on the inside, both nutritionally and on a deeper level. Keep your eyes out for the next installment Beautifying Foods!
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1. Forefront Dermatology.(2014). Skin fun facts. Retrieved from https://forefrontdermatology.com/skin-fun-facts