For many of us, the change of weather leads to changes in our skin. Unfortunately, these changes are not for the best and include increased dryness, redness, cracking, itching and dullness. But it’s not all bad news – you have the power to change the health and appearance of your skin through diet and nutritional supplementation!
Protecting the skin to ensure that it stays supple, youthful and moisturized throughout the cooler, dryer months of the year, requires specific nutrients to prevent the main skin-sabotaging processes: poor digestive health, free radical damage and inflammation. Here are my top 5 skin-loving foods and supplements that will help to keep you glowing from the inside out this season!
Top 5 Skin Loving Foods & Supplements:
1. Cha-Cha Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are incredible power-seeds that serve many functions when it comes to skin health. Not only are they loaded with Omega3 fats and antioxidants which help moisturize, protect and repair the cells, they are also jam-packed with fiber – supporting healthy detoxification. Nutritionist Tip: Try sprinkling 1-2 tbsp. of chia on your breakfast cereal or blending in with your green smoothie.
2. Beautifying Brazil Nuts
Eating 4 Brazil nuts every day will give your body the right amount of Selenium, a mineral that protects skin cells from stressors such as pollution or a poor diet. Nutritionist Tip: Try pairing a few nuts with a fresh fruit for a mid-afternoon blood sugar balancing snack.
3. Liver-Loving Lemons
Lemons pack a serious superfood punch when it comes to skin health – they contain loads of Vitamin C -a powerful antioxidant- that also helps the body to produce Collagen (required for healthy, and taut skin). Nutritionist Tip: Try squeezing 1/2 lemon in your water and drink before breakfast to help stimulate digestion and aid in detoxification.
4. Get your Glow with Genuine Health’s Greens+ Healthy Skin
If you have heard of greens+ before then you will know that it is an awesome, nourishing daily green superfood supplement. Beyond the base greens+ formula which will leave you feeling energized and vibrant during the darker days, there’s a boosted formula with a nutrient profile specific to skin health. With targeted ingredients including cocoa seed extract, hydrolyzed collagen, vitamin C, lycopene + vitamins B2 & E, zinc and selenium, this supplement supports the maintenance of firm skin and decreased scaling and roughness.
5. Genuine Health Perfect Skin for the Win!
If you have ever looked at skin cells under a microscope you will see that our skin’s structure resembles brick wall: the mortar between the cells that holds them together is a lipid complex called ceramides and when these are damaged we often see dry, itchy skin. Thankfully with ingredients like Borage seed oil, squalene, and phosphatidylserine, this supplement targets exactly this issue with the result being more supple, radiant and healthier looking skin!
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