You already know that clean eating and filling your diet with power foods can help you beat diseases like diabetes and heart disease. But, did you know that what you eat can actually improve your skin? Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it reaps the benefits of good eats too. Here are my top 5 favorite foods for your skin when it comes to beauty from the inside out.
Power foods for your skin: 1. Water!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Now drinking 8-10 glasses a day won’t actually hydrate your skin. The journey is too long to make it to the surface of your skin. However, it helps flush toxins out and gets things moving. Move out the bad and you’re providing the perfect environment for skin to flourish. Tip: Add sliced lemon to warm water in the morning before you eat or drink anything else to really jumpstart the flush of toxins.
Power foods for your skin: 2. Green Tea
In a 2011 study conducted by the Journal of Nutrition, people who drank green tea daily for 12 weeks had more elasticity and smoothness to their skin. Green tea, which contains polyphenols, is packed with anti-oxidants and boosts blood flow and oxygen to the skin, which in turn delivers key nutrients to keep your skin happy and healthy. Tip: Stir in a teaspoon of honey for a healthy sweet treat.
All hail kale, the superfood! With lutein and zeaxanthin, it absorbs and neutralizes free radicals created by UV-Light. That includes wavelengths that make it to the surface of your skin, through the topical sunscreens. 1 cup gives you 134% of your recommended daily value of Vitamin C and 133% of your daily Vitamin A needs. Tip: toss lightly in olive oil, sea salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Bake on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 400 degrees and satisfy your need for chips.
4. Red Wine
Not only has resveratrol, an anti-oxidant found in red wine been found to have anti-tumor properties, this nightly favorite could possibly reduce the rate of skin lesions caused by long-term sun damage. An Australian study showed they were reduced by 28% in people who sipped half a glass of red wine a day. Cheers!
5. Dark Chocolate
This delicious treat rich in cocoa flavanols (anti-oxidants) helps to hydrate and improve circulation. Studies have shown improvements in skin texture by consuming it daily. Tip: Stick to just a 1-ounce portion a day to keep the calorie intake down.
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2016 print issue of Sass Magazine.
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