What foods are great for healthier skin?

Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies, so it's super important to nourish it with lots of vitamins and minerals that we get from real food. Beautiful skin comes from what’s happening inside. All raw, natural ingredients (real food) have their own unique nutritional benefits, but when it comes to skin some are even more amazing. Foods that are high in Vitamin C, E, A and other antioxidants especially. Foods like oily fish (e.g. salmon), avocado, nuts, leafy greens and fruits super high in vitamin C such as kiwifruit, oranges, lemons, and blackcurrants are all amazing for your skin because of the antioxidants that help to combat free radical oxidative damage and fatty acids they offer helping to renew and regenerate skin cells. Lots of water to keep you well hydrated is also paramount for glowing, healthy skin.  

What should we stay away from?

Highly processed foods contain a lot of chemical or synthetic additives that can put stress and strain on our liver which needs to be in tip-top shape for detoxifying - an essential process for healthy skin. If the liver isn’t detoxifying properly, it can lead to oxidative damage to cells, so stay away from highly processed foods as much as you can and simply eat more real food.

Are the any foods that are great on the inside, and outside of the body?

My favourite is almond oil which I often use for my son, Bodhi’s bath as it has no smell and is very gentle on the skin. Also, about once a month I like to use finely crushed up sea salt (mixed with almond oil) as a gentle exfoliant.

What’s your favourite recipe for healthier looking skin?

One of my faaaaavourite foods – avocado – it’s full of nourishing healthy fats and loads of vitamins and minerals that is so good for your skin. I like adding an avocado to my green smoothie in the morning, or simply having it in a salad or smashed on toast – yum! We’ve got some great recipes on our blog – blog.freshstartwithnadia.co.nz

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