Our outer appearance is a direct reflection of our inner health and there’s no greater secret to anti-aging and healthy skin, than a healthy lifestyle. If your skin is dull, your eyes have lost their sparkle or your hair and nails are dry and brittle, you’re probably in need of a lifestyle makeover. Revitalize your appearance by making sure to include the following nutrient and antioxidant dense foods into your diet.
Protein: Protein is the building block for healthy skin, hair and nails. These proteins (keratin, collagen and elastin) ward off wrinkles and provide strength and elasticity. Most Americans get more than enough protein, but if you are vegetarian make sure you’re including plenty of nuts, seeds and legumes in your diet.
Omega 3’s: They help maintain cell membranes, locking in moisture while keeping toxins out, giving skin and hair vitality and luster. Omega 3’s also reduce inflammation throughout the body, which can keep breakouts at bay.
Found in: Wild salmon, walnuts, flax seeds, sardines, anchovies
Vitamin C: Responsible for collagen production, which keeps skin firm. It also protects skin from damage caused by free radicals.
Found in: Bell pepper, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, strawberries
Beta Carotene: This anti-oxidant is converted to vitamin A in our body and is involved in the growth and repair of body tissues. Beta Carotene also helps our skin hold on to moisture.
Found in: Sweet potatoes, red peppers, spinach, carrots, pumpkin, collards, kale
Biotin: Part of the B complex family, helps to strengthen and grow hair and nails.
Found in: Nuts, eggs (yolk), brown rice, legumes, bananas, cauliflower
Selenium: Helps skin to neutralize toxins that cause long-term damage and helps skin to maintain its elasticity and firmness.
Found in: Brazil nuts (only 1or 2 per day), fish and shellfish, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, eggs, onions and garlic
Other Antioxidants: Vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients that help repair cell damage caused by free radicals.
Found In: Deeply colored fruits and vegetables, berries, dark leafy greens, beans, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate
Other Factors: It’s also important to drink plenty of water to keep skin looking hydrated and to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Be sure to limit your exposure to free radicals by avoiding cigarette smoke and too much sun exposure. Other skin stressors include processed foods, refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol. If you struggle with reducing or eliminating these skin stressors from your diet, you may want to consider my LifeStyle Cleanse® to help kick the habit of these highly addictive foods.