Your appearance can be an outer reflection of what is happening inside your body. Cellular damage from processed food, stress, and environmental toxins show up as external symptoms, especially on the skin. Blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles may be a result of an accumulation of these toxins. A diet that is organic and plant-based will help keep you looking (and feeling) healthy.
In order to keep the body in balance, it’s essential to eat a diet high in hydrating fruits and vegetables. As Natalia Rose, clinical nutritionist, explains, “…eating for beauty and youthfulness means choosing the most vital plant foods. Among these are juicy tree fruits because they draw their sustenance most directly from sunlight, but all fruits and vegetables are powerful alkaline agents for dislodging acid waste from the body.”
With their high water content, fruits and vegetables hydrate the cells and tissues of the body, removing internal obstructions and revealing outer beauty.
Eating organic also goes a long way toward promoting a lasting youthful glow. Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey states, “My first recommendation for naturally healthy skin is that 90% of the food you eat should be naturally farmed.” Organic means more vitamins and minerals in the soil that will aid in overall health and more beautiful skin.
The key vitamins and minerals listed below are essential to giving your skin the healthy glow that will radiate from the inside out.
Key Vitamins for Skin Health
Vitamin A: Antioxidant that helps maintain cell growth and renewal. Found in sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, Swiss chard.
Vitamin C: Antioxidant that protects against free radicals and may help with iron absorption. Found in lemon, orange, grapefruit, bell peppers, kale, broccoli.
Vitamin E: Antioxidant that protects skin from UV damage. Found in Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, broccoli, tomato.
Vitamin K: Helps clot blood, which may help reduce dark under-eye circles. Found in kale, spinach, romaine, Swiss chard, parsley broccoli.
B-Complex Vitamins: Niacin helps skin retain moisture, biotin strengthens hair and nails. Found in sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes.
Key Minerals for Skin Health
Silicon: Improves the appearance of wrinkles, makes the skin glow and the eyes bright by strengthening connective tissue. Found in cucumber, bell peppers, cabbage, romaine, tomatoes, onions.
Zinc: Known to reduce acne and rebuild collagen, may prevent signs of aging and skin damage such as wrinkles and stretch marks. Found in raw chocolate, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds.
Magnesium: Responsible for cleansing and detoxifying the body. Found in broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard, arugula, avocados, bananas, lentils.
Potassium: Balances pH levels and sodium—which in excess can dry out your skin. Found in Brussels sprouts, pears, dates, bananas.
Iron: Oxygenates blood, which promotes your skin’s healthy glow. Found in spinach, raisins, quinoa, mushrooms, beans.
Our Favorite OA Juices and Foods for Healthy Skin:
>Spicy Avocado Soup
>Minted Melon Salad
>Shredded Beet & Walnut Salad