7 Plant-Based Foods for Healthy Skin

July 17, 2018

7 Plant-Based Foods for Healthy Skin

Having healthy, vibrant skin may be closer than you think and it all starts with your inner health. What we consume on a day to day basis may have the ability to make all the difference between average normal looking skin to beautiful, healthy glowing skin. While research remains somewhat limited, many antioxidant, filled foods have shown promising protective effects. Here we will take a look at seven of the best plant-based contenders.

Citrus: Citrus is the skins best friend and is packed with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a must for collagen production, which makes up blood vessels, organs and tissues. Vitamin C works as a powerful antioxidant and protects against premature aging and wrinkles.

Broccoli: The power of broccoli should not be underestimated, with high levels of both Vitamin C & E it can protect your skin from the sun and the havoc that free radicals can cause.

Pumpkin Seeds: One of the factors that set pumpkin seeds apart is that it contains impressively high levels of zinc and zinc just so happens to be one of the most important minerals for healthy skin. Armed with this incredible mineral pumpkin seeds will help you maintain collagen levels while Vitamin C strengthens cell membranes. Other high zinc foods include kidney beans and mushrooms.  

Almonds: With high levels of Vitamin E almonds can help prevent skin cancer and can also slow the signs of aging.

Avocado: Avocados which are rich in fatty acids help hydrate the skin and fight inflammation.

Water: Water goes without saying right. Drink more water. Water flushes toxins out of the body and promotes healthy kidneys. Staying well-hydrated equals healthier cells as well as smoother skin.

Green Tea: This heavy hitter is packed with tannins that have the ability to act as astringents, which, therefore can reduce wrinkles and signs of aging. Green tea also has the ability to fight skin cancer due to the combination of its antioxidant compounds.

In summary, by eating a well-rounded plant-based diet you can receive all these life-giving vitamins and minerals and be on your way to having healthier clearer skin in no time. If you are new to the plant-based, whole foods idea try taking it slow. No need to rush. Casually introduce new foods one at a time. A new journey awaits.   

References:

Newsletter: Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 2014. What are the best foods for healthy skin? Published December 18, 2014. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/healthy-skin/faq-20058184

Organic Facts. 2017. 10 Wonderful Foods For Healthy Skin. Last updated October 7, 2017. https://www.organicfacts.net/home-remedies/10-best-foods-for-healthy-skin.html

TruSelf Organics. 2016. Why You Should Embrace a Plant Based Diet for Healthy Skin Published October 25, 2016. https://www.truselforganics.com/blogs/news/why-you-should-embrace-a-plant-based-diet-for-healthy-skin




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