- Debbie Dean
Sensational Skin Superfoods
Eating for healthy, glowing skin
Eating well for long term health benefits is so important, but it's great to see some benefits quickly as well. I know I get impatient if I don't see or feel any benefit soon when I try something new. How about you?
Summer is a great time to boost your fruit and veg intake and swap sugary drinks for refreshing water. These steps will give your energy levels a boost as well as improving your skin. Good fats, vitamins, minerals and quality proteins can all have a big impact, making your skin more radiant.
Here's my absolute favourite superfoods for healthy, glowing summer skin. They will also help protect your body against inflammation, which is a major cause of so many health issues. What a fab double bonus!
Seven Skin Boosting Superfoods
Walnuts have got to be top of the list. They contain some of the most potent forms of omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a lot easier to snack on than getting out the barbeque to grill some salmon and taking sardine sandwiches to work doesn't make you very popular!
Omega-3 deficiency is really common. Adding some extra to your day will help to keep your skin moisturized and less itchy. It can even help improve acne.
Another easy skin superfood to add to your diet are sunflower seeds. They have a good fatty acid balance and are high in protein. They are also packed full of antioxidants and contain vitamin E and zinc, both great for skin cells.
One of my absolute favourite foods is next on the list. Avocado has so many benefit and they are so delicious! I've recently started eating them baked in recipes as well as raw. They are so versatile and can be added to salads or just plopped on your plate as a side dish. Rich in essential fats which help keep skin supple. Avocados also contain lutein and zeaxanthin with research has shown protect the skin from UV exposure.
Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants called carotenoids - it's what gives them their vibrant colour. Carotenoids protect your skin from free radical damage by reducing oxidative stress. Free radical damage has also been linked to hundreds of health issues, so it's well worth making sure you get lots of antioxidants to your body.
Two spices up next ginger and cinnamon. I love easy ways to boost health and adding spices to your food is a great way to do this! I usually add ginger or cinnamon to my
breakfast each day. Ginger helps improve skin elasticity and even skin tone. Cinnamon works for the skin by helping healthy blood flow to your skin surface to help give us all that natural glowing look.
Last on my list for now is spinach. You can steam it gently, but you get more nutrients from it raw. That's another win-win in my book, less cooking = more time to spend enjoying eating with my family. It helps keep your skin healthy as it's full of iron, folate, chlorophyll, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin C and magnesium! What's stopping you swapping out iceberg lettuce for spinach in your next salad?
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