Food that brightens up your skin
We all know when added to food superfoods can really help up your vitamins intake, a spoonful of chia seeds in your smoothie or a pinch of flaxseeds in your porridge and your going to feel that extra health boost. But what exactly are they doing, and what part of you are they keeping healthy?
Lets take our skin, for example. Many of us spend money on expensive products that promise to delay ageing, reduce blemishes or stop acne. But getting glowing skin can really be as simple (and cheap) as adding a few different foods to your diet. The food we eat is reflected in our skin so lets take a look at what superfoods you should be eating for keeping you healthy inside, and out!
ORANGE VEG (carrots, pumpkin, squash and sweet potatoes)
Orange food contains high levels of beta carotene. Beta carotene converts to vitamin A once we have consumed it. Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for healthy, glowing skin. It also keeps skin firm, and makes it able to heal easier if damaged.
Getting some orange veg into your day shouldn’t be too daunting. Grab a carrot juice at breakfast, have carrot sticks and hummus as a snack, add squash into your curry for dinner or eat sweet potato fries instead of regular fries.
Pumpkin seeds are full of zinc. It is thought 20% of the bodies zinc is stored in the skin. People suffering from a deficiency in zinc tend to be prone to acne and dry skin.
Pumpkin seeds are relatively inexpensive and don’t have a very strong flavour so its worth stocking up your cupboards and adding them to a meal every day. It is recommended to eat around ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds everyday and you should see improvements in your skin quickly. You can put them in smoothies, on salads, in soups or in curries. You can also have them on their own as a snack.
You might be surprised to see oats on the list of superfoods for your skin, but they are actually really high in biotin. Low levels of biotin in the body can lead to skin problems including rashes, acne and itcy-ness. Oats are known to help reduce inflammation and clear your skin.
Overnight oats are a great, easy way to get a healthy breakfast full of nutrients, especially if you are really busy in the morning and don’t have time to make a healthy breakfast. You can also add a handful of raw oats to your morning smoothie. Other foods high in biotin include eggs, avocado and cheese.
As with most dark, leafy veg, spinach is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants can help fight signs of ageing, as they fight with the free radicals of our bodies, stabilise them and protects our skin from free radical damage. The high level of antioxidants, particularly vitamin A and C, also means spinach is great for helping acne and improving skin tone. The presence of these vitamins plays a big role in the growth of new skin cells.
Its quite easy to sneak spinach into your meals, as its doesn’t have an overpowering flavour. If you usually take a salad for lunch swap your base for spinach, add a handful of spinach to your morning smoothie or wilt spinach and have as a side with your dinner.
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