Eating Your Way To Better Skin

shutterstock_92466964Antioxidant-rich and nutrient-dense diets provide for overall health and wellness. However, eating a diet rich in healthy-skin staples such as vibrantly colored fruits, vegetables and berries will help fight free radical damage and boost your skin health and vitality.

Some of the best options to increase your skin’s health through diet include consuming some of these “super foods”

CAMU CAMU

Camu camu berries feature powerful antioxidants and are rich in flavonoids, which fight against damaging free radicals. These dark-colored berries also boast extraordinary levels of vitamin C, that supports collagen production to fight fine lines and wrinkles.
Though fresh camu camu berries are not easily accessible in the average supermarket, camu camu can be found in supplement or powder form in health food stores.

ALGAE

From chlorella to spirulina, algae are popping up in smoothies and juice bars, and supermodels tout them as skin-savers. Chlorella is packed with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that are essential for healthy cell function. Spirulina contains high levels of amino acids and vitamin A, a nutrient that increases skin cell turnover. You can find these skin savers in powder or supplement form in health food stores or as add-in’s at your favorite juice bar.

CUCUMBER

Cucumber’s high water content contributes to the efficient hydration of skin cells by helping to improve the strength of skin cell membranes. Cucumbers also contain silica, a nutrient that contributes to the formation of healthy tissue. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is also believed that eating cooling foods like cucumber can help to combat inflammation. Cucumbers are found in the produce aisle and delicious when served chilled.

CHIA SEEDS

The tiny chia seed is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with fiber, calcium, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that work to reinforce skin cell membranes, promoting supple, more elastic skin. Omega-3 fatty acids help to fight the inflammation that leads to skin aging; furthermore, recent studies show that omega-3 supplements may boost the skin’s protection against sun damage.Chia seeds are available in grocery and health food stores. Because they are virtually tasteless chia seeds can be slipped in smoothies, sprinkled on cereal, or even made into a pudding with milk or fruit juice.

By including these superfood staples in your day-to-day diet you will be rewarded with a glowing radiant complexion!