Our skin is much more than an outer layer that covers our body, and the surface that the world sees. Our skin is a magnificent organ. It’s thin yet it’s a strong shield against dirt, UV rays, and bacteria. Our skin helps us know if something is hot or cold, helps us regulate our body’s temperatures and fluids. When we eat a healthy diet, it shows on our skin, it shows on our face, and it’s mirrored in how well we feel.
Now that it’s December, and holiday season is upon us you might be thinking of gifting someone a beautiful box of creams and lotions formulated to give a loved one smoother younger-looking skin. But, if you don’t eat well, and ar lacking in healthy fats from your diet, there isn’t a cream or lotion out there that will give you the healthy glow you’re looking for. However, you will acquire this glow if you adopt a diet rich in plants, high-quality proteins, healthy fats, and of course drink LOTS of WATER.
Here’s some suggested foods to simulate and support a healthy glowing skin:
Omega 3 fats help to moisturize and build healthier skin, prevents aging, decreases wrinkles, treats acne, and reduces the body’s production of inflammatory compounds, found in:
- cold-water fatty fish such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel, tuna, salmon;
- nuts and seeds like walnuts, almonds, hemp, chia, flaxseed, olives, coconut oil.
Some of the best antioxidants out there are astaxanthin, a micronutrient found in microalgae, which is often described as being many times stronger than Vitamin C. What is it? Think red; it’s proof that these foods are rich in astaxanthin. When alive, these animals ate algae-rich diets which filled them full of astaxanthin, which are:
- salmon, lobster, crab, and shrimp.
In addition to foods rich in astaxanthin, attain optimal health by including these super foods into what you eat each day:
- spinach, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, avocado, ginger;
- dark cacao;
- green tea, turmeric, lemon juice.
So, get glowing!