Foods for Glowing Skin

April 17, 2017

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If I had to pick between focusing on my skin or my hair, I think skin trumps hair.  I could have a bad hair day and pull it back.  But, I can’t hide my skin.  That’s one reason I researched a list of the best foods for glowing skin.

I put a lot of effort into having healthy skin.  We all have those friends that have beautiful, basically pore-less skin and they don’t do ANYTHING!  I have one friend that just washed with bar soap for years, moisturized with whatever she had within arms reach.  Still does it!  Beautiful skin.

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Well, unfortunately, I don’t fall into that category.  Most of us don’t.  I have high maintenance skin.

They all say beauty starts from within.  That makes total sense.  What we eat affects our skin as much or more then what we slather on top of it.  It’s the largest organ in our body and it requires nutrients just like the rest of it.

So, here’s a rundown of the best foods we can put in our body for glowing skin!

Foods for Glowing Skin

Amino Acids…

Amino acids are great for the skin because they stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.  Collagen keeps it firm.  Something we need more of as we age.  It comes from the production of creatine.  And creatine also helps to keep our skin hydrated.

Foods high in amino acids

  1. Spirulina
  2. Leafy Greens,
  3. Hemp Seeds
  4. Chia Seeds
  5. Soybeans
  6. Sunflower Seeds
  7. Lean Meats
  8. Chicken and Turkey Breast
  9. Red Meat
  10. Halibut, Tuna and Salmon

Omega-3’s

Many foods have omega-3’s artificially added, such as peanut butter, baby formula and cereal, the best are of course foods that contain them naturally. Foods containing DHA and EPA are the best kinds of omega-3’s, foods containing ALA are second best. But, really Omega-3’s do it all for your skin. Protect, re-hydrate, regenerate.

foods for glowing skin

Foods high in Omega-3

  1. Mackerel
  2. Salmon Fish Oil
  3. Cod Liver Oil
  4. Walnuts
  5. Chia Seeds
  6. Herring
  7. Wild-Caught Salmon
  8. Flaxseeds
  9. Tuna
  10. White Fish
  11. Sardines
  12. Hemp Seeds
  13. Anchovies
  14. Natto
  15. Egg Yolks

Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight free radical damage, which can lead to aging skin.  Antioxidants protect your healthy cells.  Something we all need as we get older.

foods for glowing skin

Foods highest in antioxidants:

  1. Goji Berries
  2. Wild Berries
  3. Dark Chocolate
  4. Pecans
  5. Artichoke
  6. Elderberries
  7. Kidney Beans
  8. Cranberries
  9. Blackberries
  10. Cilantro

Good fats

Good fats such as olive oil, eggs and avocado.  Also, protein in general is essential to building collagen and elastin tissue.  Grass-beef is great for that also.

And, here’s a biggie.

foods for glowing skin

Yu-huh.  This one’s obvious and you knew it was coming.

Water!

Very bad for your skin to be dehydrated.

Lastly, even if you don’t hyper focus on these foods.  Lets be real here.  Having a balanced diet will help in the end.  Eliminating junky, greasy, basically gas-station foods are what you should be doing anyway.  And, not just for your skin!

xo-Megan

 

Sources:

Dr. Axe:  15 Omega-3 Foods Your Body Needs Now

Dr. Axe:  Top 10 High Antioxidant Foods


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