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The Best Foods for Healthy, Glowing Skin

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Everyone wants to look and feel their best, and part of that is having healthy, glowing skin. So before running to the store for lotions and miracle creams, check your pantry for some of the best foods for healthy, glowing skin. Check them off your list, or add them the next time you head to the market!

1. Tomatoes

Eating any tomato-based foods such as sauce and tomato juice may be good for those of us who need to clear up acne. Lycopene (the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red) may lower an acne-promoting hormone. Try getting tomato-based foods in your diet between three and five times a week to help with acne. Also, lycopene may help defend your skin from UV rays. Lycopene and other carotenoids found in orange to reddish-coloured fruits and vegetables can help improve the skin’s antioxidant status, which combat free radicals produced from excessive sun exposure. Try this recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Leek Tomato Sauce to get some of this tasty skin saver in your diet.

2. Salmon

Salmon is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. Salmon also has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. The vitamin D in salmon keeps your teeth strong, so flash those pearly whites to complement your glowing skin. Also, studies show that women with diets high in seafood had less skin wrinkling. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and seafood slow down the wrinkling process. Wrinkle development is rooted in inflammatory chemicals that act like acid rain on the collagen of your skin. Omega-3s reduce the production of these chemicals, which help our skin look great. Our Salmon & Aspargus dinner dish is the perfect meal to keep your skin radiant!

 

3. Spinach

This leafy green vegetable is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach is loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling. Spinach is also a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Trade your lettuce for spinach, or saute spinach for a quick, healthy side that will have your skin looking good year round.

4. Berries

Deeply coloured berries such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and cherries are loaded with antioxidants, which help your body fight off blemishes. Also, medical professionals have recently discovered that there’s a lot of local oxidative stress going on with acne, so much so that it actually depletes the antioxidants in people with acne. So the more severe your acne, the lower your levels of blood antioxidants. Replenish your antioxidant levels with these colorful fruits and add them to salads, yogurt, or just as a healthy dessert.

 

5. Dark Chocolate

This one is our favorite skin helpers, of course! And contrary to popular belief about chocolate causing breakouts, it can actually help your skin – it just depends on the kind you’re eating. Dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and protects skin from sun damage. Keep in mind that the best kind of chocolate has a high flavanol content and should be at least 60 percent cacao, so check the label before you buy your favorite candy bar. Or try our recipe for No Bake Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies that are good for dessert or an afternoon snack to stave off that sweet tooth!

6. Sweet Potatoes

You’ve seen these pretty potatoes on our fall superfoods list, but don’t wait until Thanksgiving to eat them. Enjoy them year round to help with anti-aging and give your skin a healthy glow. Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that fights aging, so they’re perfect for maintaining a beautiful visage! Try some of our sweet potato recipes on our blog like the fall favorite Chipotle Glazed Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Looking and feeling beautiful starts with healthy skin, so pack your diet full of these beauty superfoods and maintain that natural glow!

 

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