I’m sure most women would agree with me when I say that we all want a beautiful, more youthful looking appearance! If we didn’t, then we wouldn’t spend hours applying make up, book expensive hair appointments, and spend hundreds of dollars on skin creams and facials! While all these services and products are helpful in obtaining a more attractive and radiant appearance, it may be time to re-think our beauty routine, from the inside out. What we put into our bodies is a huge determining factor for not only how we feel, but for how we look! A diet high in processed food and sugar can lead to a build up of toxins in our body and even nutritional deficiencies. Being deficient in vitamins and nutrients can cause hair loss, dry lips, dandruff, pale skin and a fatigued look. On the contrary, lustrous, beautiful hair and skin is a result of a healthy, well-hydrated body and a nutrient rich diet. The next time you go cruising down the cosmetic aisles for the solution to your beauty dilemmas, be sure to swing by the produce aisle as well! Read our list below of my top 5 favorite foods to eat for a most beautiful appearance!
My favorite food to eat for healthy vibrant skin is carrot. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. Studies have shown that dietary beta-carotene is effective in protecting the skin against ultraviolet radiation aka sun damage! The anti-inflammatory properties of carrots can reduce inflammation and redness of acne prone skin and help even out tone. Carrot juice is also a natural moisturizer providing hydration to our skin. Hydrated skin not only looks better, but also will prevent premature wrinkling. When consumed on a regular basis, carrots are even known to give your skin a natural healthy glow!
Most people tend to think of citrus when it comes to vitamin C, but surprisingly bell peppers are also packed with the vitamin! As we age our skin naturally loses its vitamin C, which contributes to signs of aging as Vitamin C plays a crucial role in our bodies collagen production. Collagen is a protein that gives our skin its elasticity, which prevents wrinkling and sagging skin. Not only does collagen benefit our skin, but also it is also important to the health of our hair as it surrounds the hair shaft protecting it against breakage.
I’m not really sure there is anything avocado isn’t good for. They are rich in potassium, Vitamin E, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, fiber, foliate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, copper, protein and healthy fat! Focusing in on avocados monounsaturated fatty acid content- oleic acid, avocados help maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, keeping it soft and hydrated. As an omega-9 fat, oleic acid is also involved in regenerating damaged skin cells and reducing facial redness and irritation. Avocados high fat content also helps fat soluble, wrinkle fighting vitamins, like vitamin C found in bell peppers, get better absorbed into our body!
Ranked #1 in antioxidant activity by the US Department of agriculture, blueberries help your skin by counteracting the effects of free radicals, which cause inflammation and can lead to prematurely aging skin and skin cancer. “Blueberries are vascular constrictors, which assist in reducing redness for those who suffer from sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea, as well as help neutralize acne-prone skin. In addition, if you have blotchy, dry, dull, or sun-damaged skin, eating blueberries on a regular basis can help leave skin looking clearer, firmer, and more youthful looking.” says dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad.
If you follow me on Instagram then you know how much I love chia seeds! You can add these little magic seeds to everything and anything for extra protein, fiber, and omega -3’s, just be sure to check your smile after for any loose friends hanging around Fiber may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of healthy skin, but fiber is actually very important when you consider it’s ability to keep blood sugar levels steady. When your insulin is spiked, hormones are triggered and we all know the havoc hormones can wreak on our skin…PMS Acne anyone? In addition to stabilizing blood sugar, fiber also aids in digestion and removing waste and toxins from our bodies. If these toxins are not properly eliminated, they start to look for other exits such as our skins pores, which is a major cause of acne and other skin problems.