The saying 'You are what you eat' isn't an empty cliche.
Food affects both your weight and energy. It's the fuel we need to keep our busy lives running. And the better the quality of your fuel, the better you'll operate. Eating high-quality "clean" foods packed with vitamins and minerals will help you perform optimally.
Apart from internal functions, food can affect the way you look. What we eat influences the appearance of our skin and determines how rapidly we age. When your skin is radiant, it's a reflection of your inner health. Any imbalances and illnesses often show up on the skin before anywhere else.
Your skin is always producing new cells. As you age, this cellular turnover slows down. Eating lots of processed foods deposits junk in your system. Your body's natural cleaning processes get overworked. However, plants, whole foods, and healthy fats give your body the nutrients it needs for glowing skin, healthy nails, and shiny hair.
Include the following beauty foods in your diet to transform your skin.
Collagen is the protein that maintains the vitality and elasticity of your skin, gives you a glowy, and keeps your hair shiny. You can easily obtain collagen by consuming bone broth and supplements. Other ways to boost your body's collagen production- eat citrus, berries, beets, garlic, avocado, dark leafy greens, sweet potato, wild fish, tomatoes, and carrots.
Providing your skin with healthy fats helps it retain moisture and slow down aging. Sources of these fats include Brazil nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, avocado, and wild fish.
These foods affect the innumerable bacteria that live in your gut. When the microbiome imbalanced (there are more harmful bacteria than good bacteria), you can experience inflammation. Chronic inflammation leads to acne and other skin problems. Amp up your prebiotics by eating leeks, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, asparagus, and raw dandelion greens. You can also take supplements.
These potent agents help prevent free radicals from damaging the skin and accelerating the aging process. Many naturally purple, red, and blue foods contain an antioxidant called anthocyanins. It boosts the skin's elasticity and collagen levels. Pomegranates, wild blueberries, blackberries, and dark chocolate are perfect sources of antioxidants.
Greens are antioxidant-rich and nutrient-dense, thus benefitting your health in diverse ways. Try to get a serving with every meal, in the form of green smoothies, salads, or cooked greens. Swiss chard, spinach, kale, and collard greens, contain nutrients that promote detoxification, reduce inflammation, and hydrate the skin.
As we mentioned earlier, beautiful skin is a reflection of good health. So eat clean and watch your skin glow!
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team