How To Get Radiant Skin From The Inside Out

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Good nutrition is an essential building block for healthy skin.

The foods in your kitchen are just as important for keeping your skin supple, radiant and glowing as the night creams in your bathroom. Consuming whole foods that are organic contain natural ingredients that are strong enough to protect your skin from fine lines as well as UV damage caused by sun exposure. We’ve all fallen victim to purchasing countless creams, oils and anti-aging serums that have promised to deliver the effortless “J.Lo glow”, but somehow the results were nothing short of irritation and problematic skin. Acne is essentially called ”diabetes of the skin” because it is exclusively linked to sugar, so over time high insulin levels can make skin drier, thicker and block pores. Everything you eat manifests itself in and through your skin, so here are a few things that will ensure better-looking skin from the inside, out.

vitamins B, C + D

Vitamin B is needed for proper functioning of every process that occurs in our bodies. It was thought to be a singular vitamin until it was later discovered that there are distinct vitamins that coexist within the same food source. This is what we call the B-Complex:

Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Vitamin B3 (niacin)
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine and pyridoxamine)
Vitamin B7 (biotin)
Vitamin B9 (folate or folic acid)
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)

These components play a major role in the production of protein and enzymes that help regulate the chemical reactions in your body, which is imperative for turning our food into energy. Vitamin B not only keeps the skin tone healthy but also protects against eczema, improves the epidermis (outermost layer of skin), and reduces oil.

Food Sources: Salmon, Tuna, Trout, Lamb, Poultry, Eggs
Vegetarian/Vegan Options: Avocados, Legumes, Dates, Watermelon, Potatoes, Spinach, Squash.

VITAMIN C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free radicals. It can also reduce sunburn caused by excessive exposure to UV rays from the sun, help prevent collagen loss, wrinkles and fine lines.

Food Sources: Oranges, Cauliflower, Spinach, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes,

VITAMIN D can be quite difficult for many individuals to get enough of via diet alone. Sunlight exposure is the best and most efficient way to reap the benefits for your skin and body. Vitamin D is widely used around the world to treat many skin issues such as psoriasis. While applying sunscreen is always recommended, 15-20 mins a day of sun exposure should suffice.

Food Sources: Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel, Beef, Liver, Milk,
Vegetarian Options: Egg Yolks, Cereals, Soy beverages.

LEMON WATER will help to flush toxins from the skin, so start your day with a large glass of warm water with a slice of lemon to alkalize the body. Adding a little Apple Cider Vinegar to that will amplify the detoxification process.

COCONUT WATER for the win. Growing up with parents from the Caribbean, coconut water has always been a go-to. It has intense properties with a great source of Vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.

supplement with spices

Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids (chia seeds, flaxseed, and walnuts) are the ultimate skin strengthening spices which also boosts collagen.

Bell peppers, strawberries, kale, and broccoli are all rich in antioxidants and promote overall health benefits. Vitamins A and E (almond butter, wheat germ, pumpkin, sweet potatoes) are essential for healthy radiant skin.

In Theory, it's remarkably simple… “We are what we eat”. Foods get digested and broken down into vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that your body can use to build healthy skin. Any skin issue you’ve suffered from and/or are currently suffering from can be reversed through eating organically and living holistically. If you eat highly processed foods, your skin won’t be as firm and supple as it could be if you ingest organic leafy vegetables and foods rich in color.

Who says you can’t eat your way to radiant skin? Bon Appetit!

All my Love,
Shani