Beauty comes from within. That couldn’t be more true when we’re talking about skin. The food we eat supplies nutrients that repair cells, rejuvenate collagen production and protect against sun damage, which really translates to supple, elastic skin with less wrinkles.
In fact, it isn’t skin-deep, it goes all the way to our gut. When toxins are not expelled effectively from our body, it shows up as breakouts on our skin. Our liver is our body’s natural detox organ that works to eliminate toxins built up in our body from food, air, water, household or personal care products and even stress! It’s a busy little organ. Supporting your liver with the right foods will go a long way.
Here are 6 everyday foods to help you eat your way to beautiful skin.
Anti-aging | Beauty boosting
These foods are high in antioxidants and healthy fats, such as Omega 3 fatty acids, aid the improvement of health of skin, hair, nails and eyes.
Tomato contains a powerful antioxidant called lycopene that protects your skin against sun damage and UV rays. It also has Vitamin A and other carotenoids that improve eye health by preventing macular degeneration.
Cooked tomatoes and their byproducts (e.g tomato paste) contain more lycopene than uncooked ones. But when choosing cooked tomato products, be careful to avoid those with additives (sugar & salt).
Extra virgin olive oil is a rich source of healthy fats that help cells resist photoaging, which reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It also contains phytosterols which help to rejuvinate collagen production – the connective tissue that keeps skin supple and elastic.
Salmon is one of the best sources of Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EPA & DHA) that help with skin repair and protect your skin from sun damage. EPA helps block the release of substances that errode the collagen in your skin after sun exposure. Omega 3 also benefits the skin by preventing acne, premature skin aging and keeping skin hydrated and supple.
Detox aid | Immunity Boost
These foods show your liver the love it needs to work at its best.
Apart from a myraid of nutritional benefits, beets are known as a natural liver detoxifier. Beets contain betaine which aids the liver cells in getting rid of toxins, defends the liver and bile ducts, in order for optimal liver function.
Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which enhances the effectiveness of your body’s natural detoxification process by boosting the liver’s own detoxifying enyzmes. To reap its benefits, you need to ‘chew’ your broccoli as sulforaphance is only released when it interacts with enzymes in our saliva.
Avocado promotes liver health by providing glutathione, a type of antioxidant that blocks out harmful substances from liver and protects liver cells from damage.