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Dewey, glowing skin. Who doesn't want it? But how many of us actually have it?! And don't get me started on how hard it is to attain once you hit 40...well...fine...mid-40s! And here's one of the biggest problems we face when trying to get that I just stepped out of a mild steam room, not too dewey, perfect youthful glowing skin look (yes...that's how I say it to myself)...we try to achieve from the outside in!
Yes, what we put on our skin is important. Don't get me wrong! But it's waaaay more important what we put IN our bodies than ON them. Nothing drove this home more than when I was studying Nutrition. There are so many minerals and vitamins that play a role in collagen growth, health, and vitality of our skin and we get that through what we eat. And water, water, water! I could bore you with the exact minerals and what they do to the skin but Imma keep it simple for this post. But hey, if that's something you're into (so am I!) comment below and I'll write on the topic again geeking out on each macro and micronutrient that affects skin health!
Okay, but for now, let's keep it simple. Here are 4 main things you want to keep in mind when eating for healthy skin.
1) WATER, WATER, WATER
People always think they're drinking enough water but I guarantee you, you're not. Of course the water content in your food counts but so many don't eat enough fruits and veggies so they're lacking there too (another post coming on that). So to be safe, aim for 1/2-1oz of water per pound you weigh. So, if you weigh 135lbs, you should be drinking at least 67.5oz of water a day. I drink out of a 32oz canning jar so I know I need to fill it 2-3 times to make sure I'm getting enough. Simple!
Think deep red/purple fruits, green tea, red wine and dark chocolate (at least 70%)-the last two are my favorite!! Antioxidants sorta 'disarm' free radicals. And if you haven't heard, free radicals are bad news. They're everywhere in our environment, what we eat, put on our body, and a by-product of metabolism. So they're normal and unavoidable BUT we want to limit our exposure and help the body get rid of them. That's where the yummy things I mentioned above come in. Stave off wrinkles and encourage glowing skin with those bad boys!
3) EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids)
Think nuts, seeds, fish, vegetable oils (flaxseed, olive, nut/seed oils). These help nourish and plump the skin so it feels and appeared less crepey (so does water!). That's an easy one for me. I literally walk around with a bag of nuts on me at all time!
4) VITAMIN A
Think dark leafy greens, deep yellow/orange vegetables and fruits, eggs, and pistachios.
Vitamin A naturally contains retinol and retinoic acid that are important for cell production and growth. Who needs a tube of Retin A when you can eat it? And for a fraction of the price! And because vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant it's powerhouse when it comes to bustin' up those free radicals.
That's it you guys! Those simple things can have a huge impact on your skin. Plus, it's not only more effective than $100 skin creams it's way cheaper! Now, you wanna know how I pack all this into a meal? Check out one of my favorite go-to salads I make all the time!
Joy's Go-To Salad
And of course, I have water with lunch and dark chocolate after. Always. Period. :)
How do you get your glow on?! Let me know what and comment below! Have a fave salad recipe? Share it in the comments below!