Our skin is deeply reflective of what we choose to put in our mouths as is the saying, “you are what you eat”. By choosing to nourish our bodies with a wide variety of nutritious foods rich in antioxidants and good fats, we can improve the condition of our skin and protect it from the cold, harsh effects of winter.
At go natural foods we have a range of food and food-based products to help reduce dry and flaking skin, support inflammatory skin conditions and give you an overall enviable glow.
To nourish your skin from within we suggest trying to incorporate the following foods into your daily diet:
Brightly Coloured Fruits and Vegetables:
Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables in a range of colours are filled with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants necessary for healthy skin production.
Our top five include:
Dark Leafy Greens: (kale, silverbeet, Asian greens, rocket, spinach and fresh herbs). These greens are rich in vitamin C, fibre, and chlorophyll which helps skin repair and regenerate and supports a healthy digestive function.
Blueberries (especially wild): blueberries are rich in polyphenols which help eliminate toxins and protect skin from free radical damage.
Orange vegetables (pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, turmeric): Beta carotene (a type of antioxidant) give these vegetable their orange hue and is associated with helping protect skin from cellular damage and promote a healthy glow.
Broccoli: rich in phytochemicals, especially lutein, which protect skin from oxidative damage and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Tomatoes: rich in lycopene (especially when cooked), which helps protect skin from cellular damage. Lycopene may also help retain skin moisture thus preventing fine lines and wrinkles.
Fats are essential for the formation of healthy cell membranes of the skin. Eating a range of healthy fats with a balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, can help your skin stay hydrated leading to plumper, softer and more supple looking skin.
Try to include a range of the following healthy fats:
- Oily Fish such as sardines, salmon, mackerel and ocean trout
- Oils such as coconut, hemp, flax, chia and olive
- Nuts and seeds such as hemp, chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, almonds, macadamia, brazil, walnut and more..
- Seed and nut pastes…tahini (sesame seed paste), almond and peanut butter, pumpkin seed and hemp seed butter.
Fermented foods contain a range of different pre and probiotic strains. These strains are helpful in improving gut flora and digestive function which greatly impacts the condition of our skin. The fermentation process also makes nutrients more bioavailable and easily absorbed providing essential B vitamins, zinc, vitamin C and folic acid – skin friendly nutrients.
- Water and milk kefir
- Sauerkraut and Kim Chi
Bone Broth and Vegan Bone Broth:
Bone broth is extremely rich in collagen, a protein found naturally in the skin that gives a youthful, glowing appearance. Our collagen levels naturally decline with age and with environmental exposure. Bone broth is also rich in amino acids which are the building blocks of healthy hair, skin and nails. We have a range of fresh, concentrated, and powdered bone broth/vegan bone broth in store.
Water is the ultimate essential for healthy skin. Our bodies are made up of 70% water and dehydration can be a leading sign of sagging, dry skin. Ensure you drink adequate amounts of clean, filtered water, even in the winter.
Food Based Supplements:
At go natural foods we have a range of food-based supplements to support healthy, glowing skin. With collagen peptides, essential vitamins, minerals and greens, these powders can help create softer, smoother skin, reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, increase elasticity and firmness, as well as support general health and well-being of skin tissue.
Here are our top 5 skin supporting food-based supplements:
- Gelatin Health Skin Soft Collagen Powder
- Morlife Beauty Greens
- Morlife Antiox Beauty Collagen
- Botanika Blends Beauty Potion Vegan Collagen
- Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty Powder