Eat This: 5 Power Foods for a Healthier Skin


As you know from my last healthy skin post, healthy skin is not just about the outside. It’s what you eat on the inside that counts most. Here are 5 power foods to help you nourish your skin from the inside out and thank goodness I love eating them.

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1. Spinach/Kale

These leafy green veggies are packed with Vitamin C’s. It’s thought that the folate in these veggies that helps repair and maintain DNA—basically bolstering cells’ ability to renew themselves. The water in greens penetrates cell membranes which makes for plumper and less wrinkled skin.

I have always been a fan of spinach, but kale have only been a recent love when I started juicing. Now, they are a stable addition to my salads.

2. Tomatoes

Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays according to studies. Your body gains the most sun-shielding nutrients when the vegetable is heated. Just a half-cup of cooked tomatoes or pasta sauce has 16 milligrams of lycopene; along with ample sunscreen gives your skin that needed protection.

However, I can’t eat tomatoes by themselves, but they are great to add to salads, sandwiches and soups.

3. Sweet Potatoes

Another super food that is packed with Vitamin C– an essential nutrient that aids in collagen production and the more collagen you have, the less creased your skin looks.

These are seriously my fave thing to eat–just wash and microwave them for 10 minutes for some fast, healthy snacks. I remember eating them hot while in Beijing where the guys were selling them in those tin bins during the month of chilly November.

4. Salmon

I love Salmon and these babies are loaded with Omega-3’s. Your skin has a natural barrier to help retain moisture, and that barrier contains omega-3 fatty acids. Some research suggests that foods that have vitamin E in addition to omega-3s, such as nuts and whole grains, provide an extra skin booster. If you are not keen on salmon, fish oil or avocados are great alternatives to getting some Omega 3’s.

5. Green Tea

I’m huge on green tea, which I’ve talked about thoroughly in the past. When these leaves are brewed, catechins, a type of antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties gets released. The tea’s antioxidants start to degrade as it cools, so drink it while it’s hot.

Research found that drinking two to six cups a day not only helps prevent skin cancer but may reverse the effects of sun damage by neutralizing the changes that appear in sun-exposed skin.

The best version of green tea that I love drinking is in the matcha form. Matcha is pretty much green tea leaves ground up in powder form, so you know you’re getting the highest antioxidants into your body.

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great one!

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