Eat Your Way to Healthier Skin

By Bree Weeden

Now that we’re well into spring quarter, we’re spending more time outside and trading in our jeans and sweatshirts for shorts and tank tops. To help make sure your skin is glowing this Spring, try consuming more of these beneficial foods!

Now that we’re well into spring quarter, we’re spending more time outside and trading in our jeans and sweatshirts for shorts and tank tops. To help make sure your skin is glowing this Spring, try consuming more of these beneficial foods!

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in the carotenoid lycopene, which works as an antioxidant to fight free radicals from the sun, which can damage our body’s healthy cells. In your skin, this antioxidant boosts your natural SPF levels, helping to protect you from sunburn and skin cancer! Other foods that contain carotenoids include carrots and spinach.

Olive Oil: Vegetable oils contain Vitamin E, another well-known antioxidant that protects our skin from free radicals. It may play a role in reducing the risk of cancer and other diseases, too!

Beans: Beans are a source of zinc, a mineral that promotes skin repair – meaning it helps your wounds heal faster! Zinc is also present in most animal protein.

Whole Grain: Whole grains are made up of three sections: the bran, germ, and endosperm. White breads are processed to the point where they only contain the endosperm. The mineral selenium is only found in the bran and germ of grain, which is only maintained in whole grains, and has been shown to promote skin protection and elasticity.

Bell Peppers: Red and yellow bell peppers are high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Not only does Vitamin C work as an antioxidant, it also promotes collagen production, which keeps our skin firm and taut. You can find Vitamin C in most fresh fruits and veggies, including strawberries, kale, and potatoes.

Nuts: Walnuts are an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent us from developing dry, flaky skin.

Turmeric: This traditionally Southeast Asian spice is also a powerful antioxidant that may provide some protection from getting cancer. It also has been used as a natural teeth whitener and as an ingredient in facials to promote an even skin tone.

To summarize: eat a diverse, nutrient-dense, and colorful diet to promote healthy skin. Supplement this diet with water and a rigorous sunscreen regimen and you’ll have strong and beautiful skin just in time for Spring!

Sources:

http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/antioxidants

http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/wellness/preventing-illness/protect-your-health-with-immune-boosting-nutrition

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