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It's officially Spring, so it's time to get your skin ready for some warm weather fun. As we're all emerging from the longest winter hibernation ever, getting that coveted, youthful glow may seem like a laborious process, but it's a lot easier to get than you might think.
While most people think glowing skin is the result of using a special miracle in a jar, the truth is what we eat has more of an effect.
Food is what actually feed and rejuvenates your skin cells and keeps your body strong and healthy. What you eat and drink everyday impacts the clarity of your skin, so the key is to work from the inside out.
If you know what foods to look for, eating for your skin can be easy, fun and delicious.
Here are my Top 6 Favorite Skin Foods:
1) Coconut Oil - Healthy fats are crucial to having amazing skin, and they aid in the production of sebum, which keeps your skin hydrated and looking youthful. Coconut oil is high in antioxidants, keeps your energy up, boosts your metabolism and helps to control blood sugar levels. It's great to cook with and tastes great in smoothies. I love using it as a moisturizer for my skin, as well.
2) Arugula - Greens! They have a high quantity of antioxidants that fight free radicals. Arugula is high in sulfur and Vitamin A, which work together to protect your skin. They're also high in anti-inflammatory flavonoids, which can act as antihistamines and antimicrobials in your body. They're delicious in salads with its peppery flavor, so don't forget to use them when rotating your greens.
3) Hemp Hearts - These gems are super high in protein, as well as omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and minerals. They're composed of sulfur-bearing amino acids, methionine, cysteine and cystine, which work to improve hair, nail and skin health. They're considered one of the most nutritionally complete foods. Sprinkle them over your salad, breakfast oats or smoothies.
4) Avocado - There are so many important vitamins and minerals in this creamy fruit. Super high in beta-carotene, selenium, zinc, folate, potassium, lutein, vitamins B6, C, E and K, this is another healthy fat that will help nourish your body and skin. They make smoothies extra creamy and delicious. And for a win-win, pair avocados with a carotenoid-rich food, like tomatoes. They'll help your body absorb up to five times more of the antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene.
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Let me know what're you doing to get ready for skin-baring season. Which foods are you going to try this week? Talk to me in the comments.
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