Is there really any point me reminding you that you are what you eat? Of course not, you know that. So when it comes to getting the skin you’ve always dreamed of, clearly there’s a remedy of the dietary variety. Forget medication or the vampire facial, by incorporating more of these foods into your diet, drinking loads of water and having solid skincare habits, you’ll be glowing in no time.
As some of you may know, I recently returned from hosting a workshop in Langkawi, Malaysia that taught women how to glow from the inside out. Superfoods and altering your diet is the crux of what I teach, as well as some simple tools and techniques relating to skincare. Here are my secrets…
1. Rocket – This dark, leafy green is an excellent source of two of the keys to gorgeous skin: Vitamin A and sulfur. Not to mention that the chlorophyll in rocket is a potent detoxifier, too. Try a raw rocket salad topped with fresh herbs, radish, salmon and seeds for a ‘superskin’ salad in seconds. YUM!
2. Pumpkin Seeds – High in zinc and essential fatty acids including omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9, sunflower seeds help reduce inflammation in the body. Try them sprinkled on salads, in smoothies, or simply by the handful.
3. Radish – Raw foodist David Wolfe hails radish as one of the most beautifying of all foods. Radishes are high in sulfur, silica, and vitamin C, which work together to create glowing skin by boosting collagen, strengthening skin, and stimulating the circulatory system. Slice radishes into salads, or have as a snack on their own or with a dip.
4. Avocado – Clearly a no brainer! Avocado isn’t just one of the tastiest foods around, it also packs a powerful nutritional punch. Bonus tip: As good fats help you absorb more nutrients by slowing the digestion process down, I recommend eating avocado with tomatoes, carrots and capsicum to help you absorb up to five times more of the antioxidants lycopene and beta carotene – both massive skin winners.
5. Hemp Seeds – I’m pretty sure they’re still illegal in Australia but they are readily available at health food stores so I’m going with it. What’s so good about hemp seeds? Well, they’re packed with massive amounts of protein to help build strong hair, nails, muscle, and skin. and they also have the ideal ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids (1:3), and even include omega 9, making them great for reducing inflammation in the skin. If you suffer from inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, redness, rocacea and even eczema, try adding hemp seeds to your salads or morning smoothie.
6. Salmon and other oily fish – Another great anti-inflammatory food, salmon is loaded with omega-3 oils. Look for the wild caught stuff over the farmed and enjoy it grilled with a super salad for dinner.
7. Chocolate – OK, let’s not start reaching for the Cadbury here. We’re talking unprocessed, raw chocolate also known as raw cacao. It’s much more bitter than the refined stuff, but the benefits of raw chocolate on both your skin and health overall are outstanding. Packed with antioxidants, this tasty little treat will definitely get your skin glowing. Add it to smoothies or homemade muffins or pretty much anything you can imagine.
8. Berries – Suffer redness? The good news is that blueberries are vascular constrictors, which assist in reducing redness in sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea and acne. 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. They’re loaded with antioxidants, so nibble on them daily if you can. If they’re out of season get the frozen ones, and add them to smoothies or eat them with nuts. I would advise against adding dairy to your smoothie or eating any fruit with dairy, as reports suggest dairy blocks the absorption of nutrients and messes with the digestion of fruit.
9. Kale – When you talk superfoods, kale is top of the heap. Where do I begin? Kale contains more of the following nutrients that most other vegetable: beta-carotene, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, & K. It also smashes brussels sprouts out of the park, delivering 4 times more magnesium and calcium; more vitamin C than carrots or spinach, and more folate than broccoli. Eat it very finely chopped in salads, cooked through or dehydrated in the form of kale chips. Oh, and in green smoothies too, of course.
10. Water – Sure, it’s not a food but we know that our skin is our biggest organ, and like all our other organs it’s made up of cells. Our skin cells require water just as much as any other part of our body, and without it your skin looks dry, flaky and sallow. Up the ante on your water intake and you’ll instantly rehydrate all your cells, plump them up and have energy to boot.
Bonus Food: Pomegranate! It’s pomegranate season so stock up on this antioxidant-rich treat while you can. Add it to salads or eat it alone, it’s a winner every time.
Tell me Happies…
Do you eat enough of these foods?
Do you want to now?