Healthy skin needs nourishment in the form of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, incorporate these foods into your diet to help you glow from the inside out.
Antioxidants: Protect skin cells from free radical- damaging chemicals that result from environmental factors like sun exposure. Including the following foods helps protect the skin cells from damage and combats premature ageing. Eat: berries, plums, cherries, seaweed, artichokes, pinto beans, prunes, pecans, apples.
Vitamin C, E: aids in the production of the protein collagen, which forms the basic structure of skin. As collagen production slows down when we age, consuming foods high in Vitamin C & E helps keep skin tight and prevent wrinkles. Eat: Oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, cherries, seaweed, peppers, strawberries, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, pineapple, mango.
Fatty Acids: Essential fatty acids and omega 3 are key for healthy cell membranes which acts both as a barrier against harmful toxins in the system and as a passageway for healthy nutrients to get through the skin. Eat: Salmon, walnuts, canola oil, flax seeds, kidney beans.
Selenium: This mineral is a cancer-fighting component that is essential for healthy skin cells. Eat: Brazil nuts, seaweed, salmon, oysters, shrimp, mussels, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, eggs, mushrooms, sunflower seeds.
Whole grains : Whole grains are rich in B vitamins, which encourage the growth of skin cells Eat: oats, bulgur, brown rice, rye, buckwheat, whole wheat couscous and barley.