Superfoods For Your Skin
We are now living longer and healthier lives than ever before, but to really get the most out of life we need to keep ourselves healthy, happy and fighting fit. We can make a huge difference to how we look, feel and even how we age, simply by eating well. The great joy of eating well is that it works from the inside out, as it strengthens skin, rebuilds collagen and powers us through later life.
As we age, our bodies are under attack from free radicals generated by exposure to the sun and pollution. A diet that’s high in antioxidants, is the best way to fight free radical damage to our cells.
Vegetables such as carrots, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes contain high levels of beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A in our body. This is one of the most important nutrients for skin that is firm, resists damage and can heal quickly.
Berries such as blueberries, raspberries and blackcurrants are excellent sources of vitamin C, which is vital for the formation of collagen that gives our skin structure and elasticity. Another advantage of berries over most other fruits is that they are lower in sugar so it can help prevent ageing.
Greens contain minerals like calcium, magnesium and alkaloids, which help to alkalise the body and in turn prevents it from becoming too acidic. Foods like broccoli, spinach and spirulina are essential for our systems.
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Oily fish such as sardines, mackerel, salmon and trout, are packed with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an essential role in skin structure and appearance. Overall these fatty acids help to maintain the skin's barrier function and prevent moisture loss... as well as controlling inflammation and minimising collagen damage from UV rays.
Oats are a particularly rich source of biotin, a vitamin that is well-known for its role in the health of our skin and hair. They are also high in fibre, which helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract and bowel function.
The high vitamin E content in almonds will assist your skin in holding its moisture, relieving dryness and keeping it looking younger. Make sure to eat unsalted almonds.
Pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of zinc, one of the most important minerals for maintaining healthy, happy skin. Deficiency in this mineral is linked with acne, dry skin, dermatitis and poor wound healing.