Foods for Healthy and Glowing Skin
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You are what you eat. The same can be said for our skin. These foods provide your skin with the right compounds, vitamins, and nutrients for healthy and glowing skin. So eat your way to healthy clear skin with these skin superfoods!
Green tea has an abundance of polyphenols - micronutrients that are found in plants. One specific polyphenol found in green tea is Epigallocatechin Gallate or EGCG.
A 2018 study found that EGCG had positive effects on skin hydration, moisture retention and wrinkle formation as well as helps fight free radicals and reduces melanin generation.
Did you know that Simply Slender Master Cleanse and Simply Slender Charcoal Lemonade contain EGCG-rich green tea extracts? Yes, in addition green tea it also contains Goji berry juice, Noni juice as well as Mangosteen and Acai juices!
Turmeric is a common spice that is used to color and add flavor to savory dishes. However, there has been a surge in turmeric infusions, teas and lattes of late. Turmeric has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.
There is some clinical evidence that turmeric, taken orally or topically, may offer benefits in skin conditions like acne, atopic dermatitis, pruritus or itching, psoriasis, and others.
Avocados contain essential nutrients and important phytochemicals for overall skin health. Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin. These are carotenoids or fat-soluble pigments that may help protect the skin from both visible radiation and ultraviolet radiation.
Fatty fishes like salmon, herring, and sardines are not only tasty but they’re rich in omega 3 fatty acids too. Research has shown that omega 3 fatty acids reduce damage from UV rays and inflammation. They also have Vitamin E which is an antioxidant with protective effects from inflammation and free radicals. It has the potential to improve the severity of skin allergies, photoaging, dermatitis, and more.
The skin’s elasticity lessens during and after menopause. Soy is rich in Isoflavone. Isoflavones are related to Phytoestrogens or dietary estrogen. Soy and its isoflavone may benefit postmenopausal women.
A study showed that Isoflavone treatment resulted in increased epidermis thickness resulting in fewer fine wrinkles as well as increased collagen amount in the dermis.
There’s nothing like a tall glass of water. Water has plenty of benefits. Staying hydrated protects the skin from damage and makes it easier for our skin to absorb nutrients. If you’re not getting enough water, this affects skin turgor or the skin’s ability to return to normal when you lift it or pinch it. If you are dehydrated, it will take longer for your skin to go back to normal.
Wheat Germ Oil, Sunflower Seeds, and Almonds
What do these foods have in common? Well, they’re all high in Vitamin E. Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that support skin health. Its antioxidant properties help fight free radicals from foods and in the environment.
These are just some of the foods you need more of in your diet to keep your skin healthy and glowing at any age!
Eat your way to healthy glowing skin with these skin superfoods:
- Green tea – green tea contains a powerful antioxidant called Epigallocatechin Gallate or EGCG. EGCG had positive effects on skin hydration, moisture retention and much more to help keep skin healthy and glowing.
- Turmeric - clinical evidence has shown that turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
- Avocado - avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin, fat-soluble pigments that may help protect the skin from both visible radiation and UV radiation.
- Fatty fish – fatty fish like salmon, herring, and sardines have loads of omega 3 fatty acid. Omega 3 has protective effects on skin.
- Soy – Isoflavone, a dietary estrogen in soy benefits postmenopausal women. A study showed that Isoflavone increases collagen amounts in the skin.
- Water – water hydrates and allows your skin to absorb nutrients. Your skin looks healthier and better when you’re well-hydrated.
- Wheat Germ Oil, Sunflower Seeds, and Almonds – all rich in Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps fight free radicals and has anti-inflammatory properties.
"Protective Mechanisms of Green Tea Polyphenols in Skin" - Oxidative Medicine and cellular Longevity, June, 26, 2012
"Skin Protective Effect of Epigallocatechin Gallate" - International Journal of Molecular Sciences, January 6, 2018
"Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence" - Wiley Online Library, May 23, 2016
"Hass Avocado Composition and Potential Health Effects" - Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, May 2, 2013
"What are some skin-friendly foods?" - Medical News Today, September 5, 2018
"Cosmetic and Therapeutic Applications of Fish Oil's Fatty Acids on the Skin." - PubMed, July 30, 2016
"Effects of Isoflavones on the Skin of Postmenopausal Women: A Pilot Study" - June, 2009
"Is drinking extra water good" - BBC, September 4, 2012
"Vitamin E and Your Skin, Friends Through Food" - Healthline, August 17, 2018