It's true. I'm a little bit obsessed with food (clients can attest to this!). And, like any other foodie out there, I just love to eat. You see, a good skincare routine and a good diet is the key to healthy and glowing skin—and my perfect plate of food can help you achieve that!
In this blog post we'll take a look at my top five things that will keep your skin glowing.
I love to look at my plate each meal and try and incorporate the following items onto it - however loosely they might be! This way I feel like I'm getting a good balanced meal each time. You might notice that a lot of foods can overlap into each category which is amazing. It just means they're little multitaskers. For example, chia seeds are healthy fats, protein and fibre.
Protein is essential for healthy skin. If you're not getting enough protein in your diet, the first signs will be dry, flaky skin. Protein helps with collagen production and cell turnover—which means healthy skin!
Try eating more fish: Salmon and tuna are both high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids—two nutrients that help keep your cells happy, healthy and glowing.
Eat more eggs: Eggs are another excellent source of protein; plus they contain vitamins A and D which enhance your immune system making it easier to fight off any signs of infection.
You might be surprised to learn that fat makes up a large portion of your skin. It’s the main component in your sebum, the oily substance that keeps your hair and skin moisturised, healthy and shiny.
Healthy fats can help keep your skin soft, supple and glowing by keeping it hydrated. Try adding avocado to salads or smoothies for a dose of good-for-your-skin fats. Other sources include nuts and seeds (such as almonds), coconut oil and olive oil.
Ideally you want to focus more on omega 3's as we tend to get a lot more of omega 6's in our diet over 3's. Omega 3's are great for reducing inflammation and hydrating dry skins.
Fats also help you absorb vitamins from other foods you eat—so if you want to get the most out of those greens on your plate (or any other foods), eating them with healthy fats will boost their absorption into your body!
Lastly: Eating enough fat helps keep you full longer so it's much easier to maintain a balanced diet when there are plenty of healthy fats in each meal!
Don't forget, you can always supplement with omega 3's if you find your diet is lacking in them. I love the Advanced Nutrition Programme's Skin Omegas as they are superb quality.
We all know that fibre is good for us, but why? Fibre helps to keep your bowels healthy and is essential for digestion. It can help you feel fuller for longer and can even reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Fibre is also necessary for feeding the 'good' bacteria in your gut. It can also be referred to as a 'prebiotic'. If you're struggling to get some good prebiotics in your diet, The Beauty Chef's GLOW Inner Beauty Powder is the perfect addition to your daily routine. This will keep your guy happy and healthy too!
Spinach, kale, broccoli and asparagus are some of the greens that you should include in your diet. They are loaded with vitamins A and K which are essential for skin health. Vitamins A and K can also help in preventing cancer by activating enzymes that break down damaged cells before they can spread to other parts of the body.
Antioxidants found in these vegetables help prevent premature aging of your skin by neutralising free radicals which cause damage to cells. These vegetables also contain fibers which promote weight loss by reducing appetite as well as improving digestion by breaking down fat while they cleanse your colon from toxins that affect your complexion negatively.
Superfoods are foods that boost your body's natural defenses and are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to help prevent or delay aging, thus prolonging the appearance of youthfulness.
The more colorful the food, the more antioxidants it contains—so eating a variety of produce is key for an overall healthy diet that benefits your skin in multiple ways. Some examples of superfoods include berries, broccoli, spinach and kale (not just purple ones!). The beauty benefits from these superfoods include helping you maintain clear skin; preventing wrinkles from forming around the eyes; boosting collagen production in the skin so you don't get wrinkles as quickly as others; improving circulation throughout your face to increase blood flow which results in a rosy glow after a workout.
They keep my skin glowing and me feeling healthy
Protein keeps you feeling full and energised
Fat keeps your skin glowing and healthy
Fibre keeps your digestive system healthy
Greens are packed with vitamins and minerals, making them a perfect addition to any meal!
Superfoods are a great way to give your meal an added boost. These can be in the form of supplementation too.
I hope you’re as inspired by my perfect plate, and that you will try some of these foods for yourself. You may find that they work for you too! Remember to eat balanced meals with a mix of protein, fat, fibre, greens and a superfood every day. The best part about eating superfoods is that most are easily accessible – even those who are on a budget can afford them.
Thank you so much for reading,