5 SUPERFOODS FOR YOUR SKIN
You are what you eat - this cliché may be the catalyst for a well-deserved eye roll, but it is undeniably true. It’s no secret that a healthy meal aids in digestion, reduces the risk of heart disease, and helps a cinched waist. But filling up with superfoods can be the formula to a healthy radiant complexion. Nutrient-packed foods deliver a delicious beauty boost, so nourish your skin from within with these five incredible superfoods.
Don’t let appearances deceive you. This green cousin of the banana packs a serious health punch. High in fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and folates, plantains can regulate digestion, fight free radical damage, grow and repair skin tissue, and prevent acne and inflammation. Get glowing skin by adding plantains into a meat or vegetarian stew, munch on fried plantains as a healthier alternative to potato chips or incorporate them into a breakfast hash. Gluten free? Boost your weekend brunch with plantain flour pancakes.
Rich in potassium, calcium, and fiber, adding Fennel into your diet is an easy choice. The perfect post workout food, Fennel bulb is low in calories, speeds metabolism, breaks down fat, and builds protein. It is also bursting with our antioxidant favorite, Vitamin C. Fennel bulb slows down the signs of aging, smoothes wrinkles, and prevents age spots. Absorb the benefits by baking fennel bulb with olive oil, salt, and pepper as a side dish or elevate your salad with arugula, sliced fennel bulb, apples, and pistachios.
Known as “The Golden Spice,” Turmeric is certainly a first-place contender. Not only does turmeric boost the immune system, help brain function, and ease joint pain, it is also a powerful antioxidant that combats skin-dulling environmental stressors. Hoping to fight tired looking, puffy skin? Turmeric reduces inflammation, decreases UV damage, and promotes collagen synthesis. Say hello to fresher, younger skin by sprinkling turmeric on your veggie frittata, into your morning smoothie, or even adding it to your salad dressing. In the mood for something sweet? Try oatmeal with nut butter, honey, cinnamon, and a spoonful of turmeric..
Sweet, tart, and vividly crimson, pomegranates are hailed for being a nutrient dense fruit. Pomegranates are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, folates, and potassium. This one superfood fights inflammation, treats acne breakouts, prevents hyperpigmentation, locks in moisture, and naturally brightens skin. The result? Supple, radiant skin. Treat yourself to pomegranate in yogurt, curries, oatmeal, or a flavorful winter salad with spinach, apples, walnuts, and goat cheese.
ALOE VERA JUICE
Not just for topical use when you lose track of time and get crispy on the beach, Aloe Vera is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids. This hydrating super drink reduces the frequency and appearance of acne, repairs skin from existing UV damage, and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Its antioxidant properties enhance collagen production. Cheers to smoother, firmer, youthful skin! Drink Aloe Vera juice over ice or incorporate it into a superfood smoothie, just be sure to check the label for the words organic, purified, and one hundred percent juice.
Let these delicious superfoods shine through and reveal your best skin. Here’s to happy healthy eating!
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