5) ALL berries
8) Chia seeds
10) Dark Chocolate
People always tell me my skin looks ma’velous and they ask me what I eat. I wanted to create a list for you of some of my favorite foods to achieve glow-worthy skin. The list you see above are foods I consume regularly that I attribute to my blemish-free, healthy-looking skin. I’ve previously written articles about the connection between our diets and the appearance of our skin, such as this one:
In addition to avoiding dairy, animal products and refined carbohydrates like white bread and pasta, I don’t really eat too many grains. When I do, I chose oatmeal (not the instant kind) or use oats, quinoa or a bit of whole-wheat flour in my baking recipes. Also, all of those delicious baking recipes you see on this blog? I LOVE them, but I eat one of my homemade cookies with a large salad at dinner or with my favorite kale chips for lunch. I eat about a pound of green vegetables every day, generally in the form of raw leafy greens, raw spinach or arugula. And I am an Apple-aholic (both the computer and food kind)! In addition to adoring Apple computer products, I eat at least one apple every single day. This is just because I love the taste of a sweet, crisp apple and I enjoy eating one in the evening with tea. Hence I was elated to discover that apples have healthy skin-promoting properties.[i]
A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that apples, prunes and green tea, specifically, had anti-wrinkling/youth-promoting effects on the skin. The same study found that processed meats, cheese, butter, high-fat desserts, fried foods, cakes, pastries and soft drinks had the largest association with skin-wrinkling.
Basically, getting glow-worthy skin is pretty simple. We want to get as many nutrients into our cells as possible for each calorie we consume. Dull skin and accelerated skin aging occurs for three reasons: 1) free-radical damage, 2) inflammation, and 3) ischemia or lack of adequate blood flow. All of these stressors are most effectively combated with antioxidants. Since green vegetables possess far more antioxidants per calorie than any other food, it makes sense that those who consume the most green vegetables will have the healthiest looking skin.
Pish posh to anti-aging creams and skin care products, I say! Our best bet for attaining healthy looking skin is via what we eat.
*Good news time!* I have recently signed a contract with Rodale Publishing Inc. and will be coming out with my first book next year. This book will have an entire chapter devoted to the ins and outs of how to achieve the healthiest-looking skin possible. Let’s get our glow on together!
[i] Purba MB, Kouris-Blazos A, Wattanapenpaiboon N, Lukito W, Rothenberg EM, Steen BC, Wahlqvist ML. Skin wrinkling: can food make a difference? J Am Coll Nutr. 2001 Feb;20(1):71-80.