World, meet our friend Sua Park, founder of Feed Your Glow. This week we've teamed up with Sua to bring you her top six foods that will help you break out of the dryness of winter and really give your skin the boost of healthy loving it deserves.
It's officially Spring, so it's time to get your skin ready for some warm weather fun. As we're all emerging from the longest winter hibernation ever, getting that coveted, youthful glow may seem like a laborious process, but it's a lot easier to get than you might think.
While most people think glowing skin is the result of using a special miracle in a jar, the truth is what we eat has more of an effect.
Food is what actually feeds and rejuvenates your skin cells and keeps your body strong and healthy. What you eat and drink everyday impacts the clarity of your skin, so the key is to work from the inside out. If you know what foods to look for, eating for your skin can be easy, fun and delicious.
Here are my Top 6 Favorite Skin Foods:
1) Coconut Oil - Healthy fats are crucial to having amazing skin, and they aid in the production of sebum, which keeps your skin hydrated and looking youthful. Coconut oil is high in antioxidants, keeps your energy up, boosts your metabolism and helps to control blood sugar levels. It's great to cook with and tastes great in smoothies. I love using it as a moisturizer for my skin, as well.
2) Arugula - Greens! They have a high quantity of antioxidants that fight free radicals. Arugula is high in sulfur and Vitamin A, which work together to protect your skin. They're also high in anti-inflammatory flavonoids, which can act as antihistamines and antimicrobials in your body. They're delicious in salads with its peppery flavor, so don't forget to use them when rotating your greens.
(Delicious Strawberry Arugula Salad for Spring, here)
3) Hemp Hearts - These gems are super high in protein, as well as omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and minerals. They're composed of sulfur-bearing amino acids, methionine, cysteine and cystine, which work to improve hair, nail and skin health. They're considered one of the most nutritionally complete foods. Sprinkle them over your salad, breakfast oats or smoothies.
(Our favorite Chocolate Smoothie with Hemp seeds here!)
4) Avocado - There are so many important vitamins and minerals in this creamy fruit. Super high in beta-carotene, selenium, zinc, folate, potassium, lutein, vitamins B6, C, E and K, this is another healthy fat that will help nourish your body and skin. They make smoothies extra creamy and delicious. And for a win-win, pair avocados with a carotenoid-rich food, like tomatoes. They'll help your body absorb up to five times more of the antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene. Try adding half of an avocado to your smoothies or, embrace everyone's favorite food trend, avocado toast!
5) Radishes - They are a true beauty food, high in sulfur, silicon and Vitamin C which work together to boost collagen and stimulate the circulatory system. They also make nails and connective tissue stronger (and your hair thicker). They can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled. Slice and add them to salads or enjoy them as a snack. These make great beach snacks, their cooling and hydrating at the same time, plus your friends won't want to eat them so you don't even have to share.
(Eat more radishes using this simple trick)
6) Turmeric - Spices are amazing for skin health. They improve your body's ability to fight free radicals and help to create a stronger UV shield for your skin. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. It stimulates your cells to function better and purifies your blood which is essential for glowing skin. They're delicious when tossed with your favorite roasted veggies and great in soups and in teas. Another great idea is to add 1-2 tsp. of turmeric to your brown rice or any grain to infuse your foods with the benefits of the spice without even thinking.
*Adding 3% black pepper to your turmeric improves the bio-availability, which enhances absorption. A simple way to do this is to stir 1/2 t. ground pepper into 1/4 c. turmeric powder, and place in a spice jar.
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Sua Park is the creator of Feed Your Glow, the place to go to learn how to nourish your body for glowing skin. As a certified health coach, she is passionate about showing others how to get the best skin of their life (and keep it) and to become healthier and happier by finding balance with food.
Grab her free Skin Detox Guide for tips that'll get you glowing.