Feed your skin with these amazing anti-aging foods.
Skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside the body, so it stands to reason that the way you ‘feed your skin’ has a fundamental part in the way you age.
It’s no surprise to learn that there’s no single food alone that will prevent wrinkles and aging. However, focusing on an organic plant-based diet rich in colorful phytonutrients, healthy fats, and collagen-building proteins will keep your skin naturally nourished from the inside out.
Jessica Shand, Naturopathic Nutrition Coach (www.eatnourishandglow.com), has drawn up a list of foods that will boost your skin, support your digestive system, and keep you looking glowingly youthful.
Here’s what she recommends including in your balanced diet:
Walnuts: Most nuts will benefit the skin thanks to the high content of healthy fats. Walnuts are especially skin-strengthening, being one of the richest plant sources of omega-3.
Kefir: This protein-rich fermented milk ingredient has a high concentration of bacteria and yeasts and is full of skin-loving amino acids. It will promote a healthy balance of gut flora and heal any overgrowth of ‘bad bacteria,’ resulting in a positive impact on the look and quality of the skin. Cooked tomatoes: Loaded with the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes (especially when cooked) will create an external beauty barrier against free radicals, sun, inflammation, stress, and pollution.
Broccoli: The high levels of vitamin K found in broccoli will help boost circulation, strengthen capillaries, and help fight dark circles.
Avocado: Avocados are full of monounsaturated fats which moisturize the skin from the inside and provide it with fiber and vitamin E to protect against UV damage and keep skin elastic and strong.
Aubergine: The dark color of this vegetable indicates the high level of antioxidants and phytochemical anthocyanin, which helps fight against aging free-radicals. The flesh is high in dietary fiber and vitamin B, which contributes to radiant skin.
Kiwi: Super rich in skin-brightening vitamin C, kiwi fruit will aid the growth and repair of tissue through collagen production.