September 16, 2014

5 Power Foods for Your Skin

You are what you eat! Your Skin reflects your overall health. Eliminating packaged and processed foods from your diet and replacing them with nutrient-dense whole foods will prevent and treat health conditions. Incorporating these 5 power foods into your diet will promote skin health in various ways.

 
1. Avocados are great for the tone, texture and strength of your skin because they are dense with vitamins C & E. These vitamins are antioxidants that promote cell turnover and reduce inflammation that triggers rosacea, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Avocados are known as the "fattiest" fruits because they are high in omega-9 fatty acids, which are healthy fats. This fat, along with the oil of avocados, provides moisture to the skin, which can prevent eczema flareups, reduces redness and irritation associated with acne and rosacea, and helps to prevent wrinkles.

2. Kale is a green leafy vegetable high in fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, copper, vitamin A and vitamin C. These nutrients have detoxifying properties that help to cleanse the liver as well as anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the development of acne, rosacea, hair loss, and skin rashes. Vitamin A is effective at treating acne and acne scarring while vitamin C and copper encourage collagen development and, ultimately, help prevent aging.

 
3. Tumeric has several health benefits. It has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, and is therefore, suggested to reduce the incidence of acne, hair the incidence of acne, rosacea, hair loss, and psoriasis. Studies have also found that it works like medicines that treat diabetes, as well as several other conditions, and may reduce symptoms of insulin-sensitivity, which has been associated with hormonal imbalances that affect the skin and hair.

4. Coconut Oil has several skin benefit. It's antibacterial mechanisms help to prevent acne flareups. It provides moisture to the skin which helps prevent eczema flareups and leave the skin bright and plump. Coconut oil has ferulic acid which reduces inflammation, which also reduces acne, hair loss, and rosacea flareups. Its antioxidant effects help with cell turnover and anti-aging. Coconut oil also has anti fungal properties which can reduce the incidence of dandruff and perioral dermatitis.

5. Salmon is another great source of antioxidants and natural oils that leave your skin, hair, and nails feeling firm, bright, and hydrated. The omega-3 fatty acids promote hair and nail growth, reduces bad cholesterol, helps with heart health, and improves vitamin absorption. This source of protein also satisfies hunger cravings quickly.