If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I have posted quite a bit on food items to avoid in order to gain and maintain healthy skin. Which is important! What you eat is just as crucial as what you don’t eat. But I’d love to spend some time sharing the wonderful foods you CAN eat on a skin healthy diet! Here are the top foods I recommend to clear your complexion and get a naturally healthy glow.
1. GREENS! These are without a doubt the #1 best thing you could do on a regular basis to beautify your skin. I recommend about a pound of greens a day, whether you get them in a green smoothie, salad, or other form. Raw is best for maximum nutrients, but a little sautéed greens here and there great too. I like to start my morning with a green smoothie, followed by a huge salad for lunch, loaded with greens, and a non-creamy vinaigrette. Both are great ways to get loads of greens into your diet and crucial nutrients to your skin.
2. Fruits. While you may be working on cutting back on added sugar to reduce inflammation, these guys are still safe because they’re full of fiber which allows them to time release in the body instead of spiking blood sugar. Fruits are also some the best sources of vitamin C, which are incredibly beneficial for healing of the skin. They’re also rich in vitamin A, which helps with cell turnover and diminishing fine lines + wrinkles. PLUS they’re loaded with antioxidants meaning you’re going to look freaking great as you age. The darker the fruit, the more antioxidants, so don’t ever feel guilty about binging on a ton of blueberries.
3. Vegetables. Your momma was right when she told you to eat your broccoli. These days, many of us are nutrient-deficient. Not in macronutrients (carbs, protein, and fat), but in micronutrients (vitamins A, C, E, zinc, selenium, and other such things not found in refined and processed foods). Being deficient in micronutrients means your body isn’t able to function optimally on a number of different levels. For the skin, we see problems with natural cell turnover, inflammatory response, and healing time. It’s no wonder we’re constantly exfoliating and experiencing redness/pigmentation. The more veggies you eat, the more healthy your skin will be and the more your skin condition will disappear. That’s just plain ‘ol biology
4. Quinoa! My goodness, have you gotten into this yet? I love quinoa and I’ve turned any questionable party onto it with my avocado sushi bowl. It’s so filling and interesting and there’s so much you can do with it! Throw it in your salads, make a side dish, or combine with some sautéed greens and sauce to make it an entree! It’s versatile, healthy, and delicious. And companies are taking notice, even making quinoa pastas (I love them and swear they taste just the same!). Venture out there and give it a try!
5. Soba noodles. In a soup, as a cold salad, these noodles are seriously delicious. Switching from refined, regular noodles can be tough, but these guys just don’t disappoint. Eat well and don’t feel guilty at all while doing it.
There are so many recipes out there that are skin healthy and guilt-free. See about working more of these into your meals to see an improvement and a healthier glow in your complexion.
Elise May, The Skin Nutritionist