Your skin is the largest and most important organ known to your body. It has a tough job filtering toxins that you are exposed to as you move about your day. Smog, UV rays, and second hand smoke are just a few of examples. Your skin also works to hold moisture in your body so you don’t become dehydrated. Skin protects your blood and organs from germs to keep you healthy, and it even protects your bones and muscles from damage when you happen to bump into things or sit out in the sun too long. Because your skin protects every single part of your body, it only makes sense to take good care of it.
Taking care of your skin results in more than just good health, it also does a good job of making you look young and healthy. Below are some delicious foods that are amazing for your skin.
- Avocados – Avocados are filled with antioxidants like lutein and beta carotene, which help to soften the skin and keep it looking supple. Blend avocados with orange juice and garlic to make salad dressings, stir it up with a little cumin and cilantro to make an easy dip, and add it to plant-based Alfredo sauce for an extra creamy texture.
- Pomegranates – The high vitamin content and abundance of tannins in pomegranates promotes all around health, as well as supporting smooth skin that is free of fine lines. Juiced pomegranates are super tasty when combined with greens. The juice can be enjoyed as is or blended in smoothies. Pomegranate seeds are awesome in salad too.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain an excellent source of lycopene, which may help protect your skin from sun damage assisting it to stay smooth and young looking as you age. To activate the lycopene benefits of your tomatoes, it’s important to cook them a little. Simmer them in a soup or bake a few to blend into a yummy tomato hummus. You can also kick your salsa up a notch by fire roasting a few tomatoes to add to your fresh salsa mix.
- Kiwi – The nutrient rich kiwi contains high amounts of vitamin E, which is a natural skin moisturizer and rejuvenator. Delicate kiwi is also an excellent source of dietary fiber that aids in ridding the body of toxins. Juice kiwis, add it to a fruit salad, or dice it up and top your salads with it. Kiwi is also excellent paired with strawberries and coconut whipped cream for dessert!
- Bell-Peppers – Bell peppers contain tons of vitamin C to fight free radicals and keep your skin looking youthful. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that keep you from looking bloated, which always is a score. Use bell peppers as crudités paired with hummus or a roasted sweet pepper dip. Stuff your favourite colour bell peppers with quinoa, wild rice, or even stuffing – talk about yum.
- Walnuts – Thanks to all the B vitamins found in walnuts, you can count on them to act as a natural anti-aging tool for your skin. Their oil works well as a moisturizer too. Just pour a little on a cotton ball or right into the palm of your hand and give yourself a rub down. Make your own anti-aging taco meat by pulsing walnuts with a little soy sauce, garlic, cumin, and lemon juice in your food processor. Walnuts are also delicious blended or stirred into both raw and cooked soups.
So from now on, incorporate these foods into your meals as generously as possible and watch how your skin glows!