Our skin health is an outward reflection of our internal health. Often times, when we desire strong radiant skin, we look for these “silver bullet” skin care products that claim to give us youthful skin.
When we have a lusterless complexion, one that appears dry, inflamed, sagging, and wrinkled, we need to look deeper to restore healthy looking skin. Skin cells, like all cells, need nourishment to grow.
When we adopt a standard American diet, one that is devoid of phytonutrients, and laden with refined sugars, industrialized vegetable oils, and fried foods, we create massive amounts of free radicals.
The oxidative stress induced by these free radicals in turn creates an inflammatory response. Do you suffer from acne? Rosacea? Eczema? Psoriasis? These are just some inflammatory skin conditions that result from inflammatory food consumption, liver congestion, and underlying gut dysbiosis.
So, how can we naturally improve our skin complexion? Consume more omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidant rich foods.
• Salmon and other oily fish like sardines are high in omega-3 DHA & EPA which hydrate skin and provide cell structure. The amino acids from these fish are used in collagen synthesis which give structural integrity to the skin.
• Walnuts and seeds such as pumpkin are high in vitamin E, zinc (important in skin repair and regeneration), copper, and ALA omega 3s.
• Avocados are high in vitamin E and contain non-sunscreen protection from UV induced damage from the sun.
• Olives and olive oil are high in vitamin E which protects against oxidative damage. People in the Mediterranean even apply olive oil to their skin, many of whom swear by it.
• Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as spinach contain high amounts of sulforaphane, a potent phase II liver detoxifier. Citrus bioflavonoids found in grapefruit are potent phase I liver detoxifies. Both cruciferous vegetables and citrus are high in Vitamin C, a powerful neutralizer of free radical damage.
• Sweet potatoes and carrots are rich in vitamin A, C, and carotenoids, all of which can squelch oxidative damage.
#Repost via @functional.foods 👊🏼❤️