EAT YOUR WAY TO BEAUTY - TOP 10 BEAUTIFYING SUPERFOODS
There’s no doubt about it anymore ladies, we are what we eat! Everything we ingest impacts our body and skin at a cellular level.
But the good news is, if you ever experience dry skin and hair, weak nails, skin problems like eczema or acne, and other skin/hair issues, chances are that you can improve these conditions through changes in your diet and nutrition.
Yes, you can achieve radiant skin, sparkly luminescent hair and bright eyes! All of it will come down to firstly taking care of your body and mind with adequate nutrition. Ever wonder why supermodels have such features? Yes, it’s undeniable that genetics have a role to play, but if you do your research you will also find that the lifestyles of these models consist of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, mainly plant based diets, drinking lots of water and working with a trainer and nutritionist to promote a healthy physique and metabolism through their diets and workouts.
Supermodels know very well that if you want to get that glow from the inside out, you’ve got to prioritize nourishing your skin from within!
Today we’d like to share with you 10 of the most nutrient dense superfoods that you should incorporate into your diet for a glowing complexion. These foods will not only enhance your current skin, but can prevent signs of premature aging and contribute to your holistic well-being too.
We will start with the obvious! Everybody and their grandmothers know that coconut is the superfood beauty heroe of the decade. Coconut water is hydrating is extra hydrating and it contains two essential minerals that help the body stay in balance--sodium and potassium. Coconut oil is the perfect skin moisturizer as it is easily absorbed by the body. One way to enjoy the benefits of coconut oil is to use a dry brush to improve the circulation and detox your skin before massaging the coconut oil into your skin. By brushing your skin first, you are opening the pores and allowing the complete absorption to penetrate deep and heal your dry skin.
2. Aloe Vera
We can’t say enough good things about this magical plant! Aloe is a potent anti-inflammatory food and topical that promotes hydration and general health. When consumed in food or juice, it heals your gut and promotes healthy digestion. It is especially good if you experience constipation regularly. When the aloe gel taken directly from the leaves of the plant is used topically, it has been known to heal sunburns, cuts, wounds, and scrapes in a short time! Aloe Vera’s anti-inflammatory benefits reach as far as reducing acne, and improves the elasticity of your skin to reduce those fine lines and wrinkles with antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin c, and vitamin E.
Our favorite way to use Aloe Vera is to drink the juice when we are having tummy troubles. AND in DIY face masks! Here is a great recipe for you to try:
Did you know that hemp seed is one of the most nutrient complete foods in the world? That is because they contain all 9 essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, and a majority of minerals. Hemp seeds beautify us from the inside out because they contain a perfect ratio of omega 3, 6, and 9. This along with their strong complex of proteins provides the body with fuel to build up a healthy immune system, strong hair, nails, and skin cells and all other connective tissues! Hemp seeds are truly a powerhouse of ingredients that beautify us!
Berries are amazing superfood for your skin because they contain loads of antioxidants! The combination of their anti-inflammatory agents and Vitamin C content make them unlike any other fruit! Berries are high in Vitamin C which is essential to the production of collagen, and for keeping skin firm and elastic. And we all know that collagen is hands down the most important thing when it comes to anti-aging skin! Try to eat a handful of your favorite berry with breakfast, or pureed into a smoothie first thing in the morning! We also recommend trying some DIY face masks with blueberries!
5. Fermented foods
A happy gut equals happy skin! Our fascination with fermented foods doesn’t end with just a happy gut and healthy mind, but also to great skin! Did you know eating fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, can prevent blemishes and outbreaks by helping the skin cells begin repair? The key ingredient is natural probiotics! Probiotics within fermented foods have been proven to benefit inflammatory skin condition and boost the skin’s overall quality. By eating a serving or more of these probiotic rich foods, we can significantly improve our overall appearance, to feel great from the inside out!
6. Sulfur (MSM)
Have you heard about the naturally occurring organic sulfur compound, MSM? Did you know that sulfur makes up about 20% of our body? It is essential in all our joints, skin, hair and nails. By adding MSM to our diets through raw fresh foods or powder form, we can improve collagen production and create thicker hair, smoother skin, and stronger nails. MSM can be consumed in food or in powder form. The powder can be purchased online and taken in the morning with a glass of water or juice to begin. Plant foods that are usually high in MSM include brussel sprouts, onions, asparagus, legumes, kale and garlic.
Avocado lovers rejoice!! Another splendid reason to eat avocados daily! Avocados are twice as high in potassium than bananas, and of course, very rich in fats! The best kind! This along with their vitamin E will assist our skin in producing all the collagen and to enhance the texture of our skin! Avocados contain many of the B vitamins and vitamin C which are all excellent for skin health! We suggest eating half a large avocado daily and try them in a face mask too! Especially if you have dry skin!
When it comes to our skin, turmeric could be that missing ingredient that could change our life. Seriously. In short, the key ingredient in Turmeric, Curcumin, is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal powerhouse. Turmeric, in essence, will bring out your natural glow. In several studies, it suggested that curcumin can help counteract the effects of aging and age-related disease. Using it topically can naturally brighten the skin complexion, and rejuvenate dull or tired looking skin. It has been known to lighten acne scars and dark spots too! We love Turmeric because it does it all! It fights acne, lessens acne scars, improves skin conditions, provides sun-protection and anti-aging! Our favorite recipe with turmeric is golden milk! And we also love sprinkling it in our face masks or as a spot treatment whenever we have it on hand!
9. Raw Cacao
Cacao, first of all, does not make your skin break out! It is quite on the contrary, actually. The amount of polyphenol antioxidants are in the same category of red wine and green tea and they are protecting our skin from premature aging due to free radicals. Cacao has more than 40 times the amount of antioxidant as blueberries! And even more interesting, applying it topically can have similar benefits as ingesting it! Researchers have discovered the effects of cacao go as far as increasing blood flow, skin density, and healthy hydration. You can find many at home face masks using raw cacao powder. Why not give it a try? Your boyfriend might even want to lick it off your face! It is an aphrodisiac too, after all, and sex too is quite beneficial for the skin. But don’t get us started with that just yet. That’s going to be a whole other article!
10. Vegetables - Taste the Rainbow!
If you want to have the best skin of your life, the best thing to keep in mind is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables! Why? Well, mainly because plant based foods are the richest sources of minerals, vitamins, and fiber! All those color producing phytonutrients are the keys to defending our bodies against aging cells! As we go through our day, we can make a mental note of which colors we have consumed, and try to reach for the rainbow!
Foods that are red are usually high in vitamin C. Plant foods that are green contain chlorophyll, which is a big player by replenishing red blood cells, which can improve energy, increasing blood ﬂow and oxygen in blood and improving digestion. Blue or Purple foods are known to contain some of the highest levels of antioxidants (hello blueberries!) And yellow/orange foods are a good source of vitamin C! (plus, they usually contain beta-carotene, which can help improve digestive health and vision.) The nutrients in colorful foods can cleanse and detox our bodies, purify our bloodstream and provide rich nutrients for which to build strong cells that resist aging! This means our skin, hair, nails and overall wellness will be thanking us in the long run when we stick to this colorful diet!
WHich of these beauty SUPERFoods do you include in your diet now? AND Are there any you want to start including?!
LeT us know below in the comments!