Eat your way to Healthier Skin
Most skin care advice begins and ends with topical treatments – the creams, ointments, moisturizers and serums you can buy or make to transform your skin. While we’re as concerned with focusing on the topical skin care as anyone, it’s important to remember that beautiful skin comes from what you put inside your body, as well as what you apply outside.
So, how can you eat your way to gorgeous skin? Today we are going to take a look at the top three foods that can miraculously improve the health of your skin!
Kale has been all over the media lately because it is such a nutritional powerhouse capable of reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer, promoting eye-health, and reducing cholesterol. What you might not know about Kale, however, is how amazingly effective it is at improving skin conditions.
Kale is an incredibly potent source of vitamin K. Vitamin K is shown to remove varicose veins, dark circles under the eyes, bruises, scars, and stretch marks, as well as treats rosacea and speeds up the healing of wounds and burns. Also, the sulfur content in kale can aid in reducing redness and flakiness. This helps us maintain our glow and also removes toxins from our bodies.
Kale is also a super vegetable since it contains a high amount of iron, manganese, potassium, folate, phosphorus and vitamins A, C, B, E and K. These vitamins and minerals are important for keeping your skin healthy and free from blemishes. Kale isn’t just healthy but it is also excellent for clearing up the skin from blemishes.
Salmon is a wonder food that can actually help smooth the skin because it is such an incredible source of omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease inflammation and may help reduce the risk of acne and other skin problems. Salmon is full of healthy fats, which help to support the production and building of elastin and collagen and in turn will help maintain supple, youthful-looking skin.
Avocados supply the skin with healthy fats and phytonutrients to hydrate from the inside out and bring back your natural dewy glow. Avocados are also high in vitamins, specifically Vitamin E and C, which are important for healthy skin – they are crucial for maintaining a clear healthy complexion. Avocado oil is a clinically proven ingredient for stimulating collagen production.
Check out this great recipe below for a quick and easy way to get all three of these great foods into one meal!
Kale, Salmon & Avocado Salad
4 Skinless salmon fillets (6oz each)
1 Bunch organic kale, plus any other mixed greens or spinach you’d like
4 Tbsp Organic olive oil
Juice from ½ organic lemon
2 Tbsp Braggs liquid amino acids
1 clove garlic, crushed.
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
To make the dressing: In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic, and Braggs liquid amino acids. Mix well and add sea salt and pepper to taste.
To make the salmon: Heat the broiler with rack set 4 inches from heat. Place salmon on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet; season with sea salt and pepper. Broil, without turning, for 7-9 minutes, or until opaque throughout.
Chop the kale into fine pieces. If you’d like, you can also add in some mixed greens or spinach, or any other veggies or herbs you’d like (i.e. carrots, tomatoes, cilantro, sprouts etc…).
Toss the greens with the dressing and put onto a plate. Arrange the salmon on top of the greens.
Finally, divide the Avocado in half, remove the pit, slice and put on top of the greens and salmon.
Voila! You have a super skin salad! The salmon can also be grilled or fried with a little olive oil. If you are pressed for time, simply go out and buy salmon pre-cooked from the deli counter instead of preparing your own.
***For an added bonus throw some hemp seeds on top!
Hemp seeds are great for your complexion because they contain special amino acids that are important for building strong hair, nails, and skin. Hemp seeds have an ideal amount of omega 6, omega 3 and omega 9 fatty acids. The antioxidants in hemp seeds have powerful anti-inflammatory properties to prevent skin inflammation which causes blemishes, wrinkles and other skin problems.