January 14, 2012 Laura

What foods can you eat to boost the skin from within during the winter?

In this cold weather it’s more important to take care of your skin. Cold wind and central heating all play a part in dehydrating the skin and reducing radiance. There are some foods that will nourish your skin from within, heres just a few I know of.

1. Sweet potatoes.
One of the best natural sources of beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A to nourish your skin, sweet potatoes provide you with what your skin needs to stay looking great. Up to 262% of your daily Vitamin A needs can come from one single baked sweet potato. Bake Sweet Potatoe’s with the skin on to preserve the nutrients and taste. Sweet potatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help sooth skin battered by the chilly winter wind.

2. Turnip greens.
People shy away from eating turnip greens simply because they don’t know how to prepare them – but it’s a trick worth knowing. Turnip greens contain over 158% of your daily Vitamin A plus a variety of other skin-healthy vitamins and nutrients. To prepare turnip greens, rinse them well, remove the center stem, and then add them to your meals.

3. Walnuts.
The anti-oxidants found in walnuts are essential to skin regeneration and elasticity, but walnuts also include chemicals  that help boost circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells quickly. Just four walnuts a day will provide you with all their skin-protecting benefits. Try adding to Salads or cooked vegetables, or roast them at low heat for just 160 degrees for a tasty, healthy snack.

4. Acai Berries.
The acai berrie a fruit from the Amazon rainforest, is one of the best sources of antioxidants you can get. Try frozen acai berry pulp, found in your grocer’s freezer section. The thick, rich, almost chocolaty-tasting paste can be mixed into smoothies or yogurt for a delicious treat that will make your skin glow.

5. Hemp.
The single best source of vegetarian Omega fatty acids, ground hemp seed is a guaranteed win for your body and skin this winter. Omega fatty acids strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, making it stronger and allowing your skin to hold in all the moisture and nutrients you’re offering. Adding just two tablespoons of ground hemp seed – which contains 300 mg of Omega-3 and 850 mg of Omega-6 with GLA – to your diet can even help restore your skin . You can add this light, nutty powder to smoothies or salads.

If you struggle to eat healthy snacks everyday that will help your skin then I recommend taking a good multi vitamin like  Berocca. This will boost your immune system and reduce fatigue in the face like sluggish skin and dark circles.

Thanks for reading

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