Healthy, radiant skin must start on the inside. Like the body, your skin must be well hydrated and nourished to age gracefully. Eating a diverse diet of nutrient-dense, whole foods is the key to time defying skin. Here are my top 10 foods for natural beauty (in no particular order):
A healthy way to improve collagen status in your body is to add gelatin-rich bone broth to your diet. It’s rich in the amino acids proline and glycine, which are vital for healthy cartilage, detoxification, digestion, and glowing skin. Bone broth helps you fight wrinkles and makes your hair, nails, and skin super strong and beautiful.
Make or buy bone broth with the easy instructions here.
Liver is a perfect source of pre-formed vitamin A, which is absolutely vital for skin regeneration. It moisturizes the skin and aids in fighting off pollutants and irritants. Liver is also a great source of vitamins D and E, iron, zinc, and selenium. Truly a skin super-food!!
Can't stand the taste of liver? Take it in supplement form here.
Herbs are delicious plant foods that are especially rich in phyto(plant)nutrients and antioxidants, which help fight damage from the sun and inflammation. They can be used in cooking, teas, tonics, supplements, or essential oils.
Learn much more about how antioxidants protect your skin and keep you youthful here.
Hydration is necessary for good health and plump, glowing skin. It helps distribute nutrients throughout the body. Water also is necessary for skin healing. Proper elimination of toxins is dependent on water. The best waters come from clean mineral springs.
Learn more about the importance of hydration and how much to drink here.
Glowing skin is especially dependent on the consumption of healthy fats, especially saturated fats, omega-3 fats, and monounsaturated (omega-9) fats. They lower inflammation, provide structure for your cells, and contain many vitamins.
Exactly which fats are healthy and which aren't? Print the list here.
Read about the benefits of saturated fats here.
These delicious fruits are nature’s sweet treats that are packed with antioxidants that protect the body and skin from aging. Berries are rich in vitamins and minerals, plus fiber for good digestion. They also help alkalize the body for pH balance.
Learn more about the benefits of berries & make my crepe recipe here.
The rainbow of colorful antioxidants found in vegetables, both from the land and sea, are supercharged with potent phytonutrients. Cruciferous vegetables are fabulous for aiding detoxification. Vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin C, which plays a very crucial role in the building and regulation of collagen.
Learn more about how vitamin C enhances the skin here.
Wild-caught salmon is a fantastic supplier of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. It contains a special antioxidant called astaxanthin, which gives the salmon its pink color, and is naturally protective for your skin against the sun.
Farmed salmon should be avoided. Enjoy a lovely recipe of wild-caught salmon here.
You read right!! Real dark chocolate (at least 85%) is high in antioxidants and many nutrients, yet low in sugar. It makes you happy; and managing stress is important for well-being and lovely skin.
Read more about how chocolate/cacao is super healthy for you here.
Bonus: Maca Root
Maca root is a nutritional dynamo and an adaptogen. Maca has maintained a reputation for boosting energy, supporting athletic performance, increasing libido, balancing hormones, elevating mood and mental clarity, improving blood circulation, stimulating thyroid function, and enhancing skin tone.
Read my personal testimonial about maca & find out which type of maca is right for you here.
Now that you know the best foods that enhance your natural beauty, it's also important to avoid the foods that will sabotage your health and make you look older. Read my post: The 5 Worst Foods that Make Your Skin Look Older.
Jenny Yelle, MHNE Holistic Wellness Educator
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