It has been said… you are what you eat. And this is absolutely true when it comes to healthy and glowing skin. Your skin takes a little over a month to shed the old cells and replace them with newer ones. This new skin comes from the foods you eat.
Here’s a quick glance at 7 superfoods that are particularly helpful for fighting the signs of aging.
If you’re concerned that you might not have the time every day to prepare elaborate meals to include these ingredients, then rest easy. We’ve got you covered. We incorporate most of these ingredients in our juices and smoothies.
Building these skin essentials in your daily diet will keep you looking younger for longer.
Quercetin is a rich antioxidant found in apples that helps improve your skin’s complexion. Eating an apple a day can help tired skin and may also slow weight gain, since apples contain a type of fiber that encourages the growth of a beneficial bacteria known to promote weight loss.
Triterpenoids are another disease-fighting class of phytochemicals found in apples. Triterpenoids occur naturally in various plants… seaweeds, apples, cranberries, figs, olives, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. These phytochemicals are anti-inflammatory and help reduce oxidative stress and curbs blood-sugar swings.
Omega-9 in avocado is a powerful monounsaturated fatty acid that helps regenerate damaged skin. This is especially good for calming redness or skin irritation. Not to mention, the vitamin E and C also give an antioxidant boost. (link to avocado article on blog)
Blueberries to boysenberries, strawberries to blackberries, cranberries to raspberries are superfoods full of antioxidants (vitamin C and A) for healthy skin. In addition, they are also rich in Ellagic acid that fights inflammation and wrinkles. Berries can be incorporated in a multitude of ways, from breakfast oatmeal to mid-afternoon snacks to smoothies.
Berries are low in calories and high in fiber, and they won’t make your blood sugar soar.
Protein is the building block of tissue and muscle that maintains structure and the firmness beneath your skin. Eggs are high in protein. Having eggs for breakfast does double duty for maintaining a stable energy level and maintaining skin elasticity.
The American Heart Association has given the green light to an egg a day. A lot of experts now believe that even an egg a day is a very conservative number.
Aside from having some marvelous health benefits (improving brain health, regulating blood sugar, and even reducing risk of cancer) turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory spice that tones skin and evens out skin complexion.
An easy way to increase your turmeric consumption without having to make complex curries is to drink it in warm milk for a night cap. Turmeric poweder can be used in stir-fries, marinades, soups and stews and added to any bread recipe.
Another medicinal herb that has been used for thousands of years, it is also the world’s most popular spice. One of the benefits of cinnamon is that it mimics the effects of insulin and may improve blood-glucose control.
Research also suggests this delicious spice has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor cardiovascular, cholesterol-lowering effects. Add it to smoothies, baked apples, stewed fruits, coffee… it works well with almond bread.
7. Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are health foods, a verdict that has emerged from years of controversial research. Coffee is the single most important source of antioxidants for Americans. And tea, while less popular than coffee in America, is the most frequently consumed beverage in the world, after water.
Rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, coffee and tea is your go-to for defense against UV-related skin damage, which is one of the major causes of skin aging.