“You are what you eat”
It’s true… Fill your body with junk & gunk and it’s gonna show on the outside as well. “Eating pretty” is about filling your body with natural and nutritious foods which in turn make you beautiful from the inside out. In my opinion, a balanced, healthy diet is one of the key factors in living a happy and fulfilling life.
Over the years I have read countless articles boasting the benefits of certain foods in terms of healthy, radiant skin. Here is a compilation of some foods that I have integrated into my daily diet which have been thought to render beauty benefits.
walnuts, almonds, pistachios
Omega-3 fatty acids: fight inflammation caused by stress and sun damage; helps prevent wrinkles
blueberries, strawberries, acai
Loaded with antioxidants which prevent premature aging of skin
Quercetin: helps even out skin tone
Oranges, lemons, grapefruit
Vitamin C: maintains collagen in the skin
Antioxidants which promote healthy skin, healthy teeth and gums, and strong bones
Omega-3 fatty acids
Zinc: promotes production of collagen and elastin which gives you tighter, firmer skin
Vitamin E: slows aging of skin cells
Selenium: protects again sun damage
Lutein: keeps eyes bright and vibrant
Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens are loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin A, which is essential to the turnover of skin cells. The beta carotene found in these greens also protects against sun damage.
You can receive these same benefits from sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and broccoli, which are all also high in beta carotene.
Spinach also contains Vitamin B, Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Lactic acid: promotes skin cell turnover
Calcium: strong bones and healthy teeth
Other “Eating Pretty” tips:
Eat organic. There is much speculation that the added hormones, artificial flavors, herbicides, and pesticides which are found in highly-processed foods may damage cells and alter hormones.
Hydrate. Water helps flush out toxins from your body and keeps your skin moisturized.
Eat yo’ fats… Monounsaturated fatty acids, that is. Fat phobia will do you no good, but make sure you’re consuming the right kinds of fats. Avoid over-consumption of saturated fats but 20-35 percent of your daily calories should come from healthy fats. The best ways to get these are avocados, seafood, olive oil, and nuts. Healthy fats are essential to the absorption of essential vitamins and to a healthy immune system.
Sources for further reading:
Self Magazine- The Great Skin Diet
Shape Magazine– Healthy Foods and the Good Skin Diet
Whole Living– Great Recipes for Good Skin