You are what you eat

Looking for clear and radiant skin? Look no further than your fridge
Jan. 10, 2011 | By:

If you want healthy, glowing, radiant skin on your wedding day, you don’t need to shell out big bucks for expensive spa and laser treatments. The basic building block to beautiful skin is no further than your own kitchen.

In addition to proper skin care and sun protection, what you eat also plays an important role in the health of your skin. Getting the right nutrients will help you maintain both a healthy body and healthy skin – and it's as easy as choosing the right foods.

Focus on the nutrients from the food examples listed below. These foods contribute to radiant-looking skin, help prevent aging and reduce the damage caused by the sun's UV rays.

Vitamin

Role

Food sources

Vitamin C

 

• An anti-oxidant that scoops up the free radicals created by the sun's harmful rays

• Also helps to build collagen, promoting quick healing

from a burn

Oranges, berries, guava, red and green peppers, kiwi

 

Vitamin E

• An anti-oxidant that improves skin texture and

decreases wrinkles

Vegetable oils, wheat germ, nuts and seeds

 

Vitamin A

• An antioxidant that maintains and repairs skin tissue

 

Carrots, avocado, cantaloupe, broccoli or any bright coloured vegetable or fruit

 

Biotin

• The basis for skin, nails and hair cells. Low biotin intake can lead to dermatitis

Bananas, eggs, oatmeal, meat and poultry

 

Zinc

• Important in wound recovery and plays in the role

in healing from sunburns

 

Beef, peanuts, wheat germ, bran

 

Omega 3 fatty acids

 

• Important for general health and may be beneficial for skin conditions like eczema

 

Fatty fish (salmon, trout, sardines), ground flaxseed, walnuts

 

Fluids

• Helps flush the body of toxins and is a key part of skin tissue

• Also helps re-hydrate on hot days or when skin becomes sunburned

 

 

Water, low-fat milk, unsweetened soy beverages

 


Smooth skin smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 guava or kiwi
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together. Add ice if desired.

Enjoy as a snack or to start your day in the morning!

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