Skin Deep Nutrition

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As wonderful as ski season and snowflakes are, winter can unfortunately wreak havoc on our delicate skin – chapped lips, dry, cracked hands and feet. But with the help of nourishing, antioxidant-packed fruits, vegetables and “healthy” fats, we can moisturize and replenish our skin and provide bodies with health-promoting nutrients. Incorporate the foods listed below into your daily diet and you’ll have that gorgeous ‘glow’ back in no time.

Fabulous Fresh Fruit

  • Berries: Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are rich in flavonoids, a type of antioxidants that help delay the aging process and strengthen collagen in the skin. Berries are also high in vitamin C, which helps maintain capillary walls and promote skin elasticity and plumpness.
  • Kiwi: Kiwis are high in vitamin C and antioxidants to promote skin elasticity and smoothness.
  • Mango: Mangoes are high in vitamin A, C and E, and rich in antioxidants. Eat them in moderation however, as mangoes are high in calories and sugar!
  • Citrus fruit: Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes all help cleanse our digestive systems and clear the skin. Citrus fruits also boast a wealth of vitamin C.

Eat Your Veggies

  • Broccoli: A nutrient-rich cruciferous vegetable, broccoli is high in fiber, iron, antioxidants, folate and vitamins A, C and B2 – all of which promote healthy skin, hair and nails, and prevent premature signs of aging. Broccoli also helps stimulate the digestive system, liver and kidneys to remove toxins internally, encouraging the external effect of beautiful, smooth skin.
  • Beets: Beets pack powerful antioxidants, flavonoids, and aid in stimulating the digestive system and immune function. Their benefits shine through from the inside-out by reviving dull skin and promoting renewal and repair.

Healthy Fats

  • Salmon, tuna, flaxseed, avocado, walnuts, and olive oil: ‘Healthy’ fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in the items above, help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Such fats provide skin cells with nourishing moisture and oil to help prevent wrinkles and dryness. Healthy as they are, these fats are still high in calories, so you’ll want to watch the amount you’re consuming. Keep these serving sizes in mind: 3-4 oz salmon & tuna (size of a deck of cards), 1/5 an avocado (2-3 thin slices), ¼ cup walnuts, 1-2 tablespoons olive oil per meal.

 


Heather Bauer, RD CDN
Heather Bauer, RD CDN

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