Summer is here in full glory and being outdoors more often, sweat and hot winds, up your risk for health problems such as dehydration, skin sensitivities, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Beauty comes from the inside, no doubt about it, so how you feed and take care of your body is reflected clearly on your whole body. Skin is the largest organ of our body that protects us in many ways, from detoxifying through sweat to protection from many types of microbes and regulation of body temperature to say the least. Therefor we MUST take care of it in the best way possible.
The solution is super YUM and simple : Eat local, in-season fruits and veggies because they are packed with their nutrients in the summer.
Our skin needs fat in order to stay hydrated and GLOWING. Avocados are nature’s own moisturiser, rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that can improve your skin from the inside. A great source of antioxidant carotenoids, lutein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E. These free radical quenching compounds provide significant protection for your skin from the environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of ageing.
High amounts of carotenoids in your diet have shown improvement on skin’s density, thickness, tone and general appearance. Another reason to eat AVOCADOS is its aid on losing weight, better digestion and lowering risk of serious health problems like heart disease and cancer.
2 Avocados per week will give you so much…
Cucumber’s high water content helps keep your body hydrated, the low calorie content makes it a great choice for a weight loss diet.
Cucumbers help maintain our bodies in top shape and can be eaten every day.
It is a low-calorie fruit that is rich in fibre. It boosts the production of collagen. Moreover, it helps the skin to shed damaged and dead cells, thereby promoting a clear and healthy complexion. Pineapple is also beneficial for the skin as its antioxidants fight the signs of free-radical damage to the skin. Making this fruit part of your daily diet will reduce the signs of ageing and the appearance of fine lines on your skin.
Have a couple of slices daily, like a morning snack, breakfast or blend in your favourite green juice.
Nothing is better than water. It not only quenches thirst but also helps to flush out the toxins and waste that accumulates in the body. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that coconut water replenishes body fluids as well as a sports drink and better than water. Treat yourself with fluids like coconut water, green tea, lemon water, or any other homemade flavoured water, just fill a big bottle or carafe with water and then drop in some mint leaves, ginger and lemon slices, or just some mint and wild berries, or any kind of fruit you love, chill in fridge and serve.
Fluids help detoxify the skin and keep it soft, dewy and clear.
Name a citrus fruit and it’s probably good for your skin. Their vitamin C and amino acids, like proline and lysine play a role in collagen production, which can keep skin looking young. If you want clear skin, choose citrus fruits such as oranges, mandarins, or the trusty old lemon! which are rich in vitamin C, therefor great for the skin.
Berries are as packed in antioxidants. Strawberries, Cranberries, Bilberries, or Blueberries are all great for overall health. The antioxidants in these berries can work wonders for rejuvenating your skin. Rich in vitamin C, which is needed for collagen production, anthocyanin which is believed to improve blood vessel function, vitamin K to protect your skin’s elasticity, as well as containing many more vital vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Grab a handful of your favourite berries to eat on the move or sprinkle some on your yoghurt, you’ll be in for a treat as berries taste at their best during the summer months.
Tomatoes are the perfect food to protect skin cells, they contain lycopene which is believed to protect your skin from sunburn and keep it looking youthful, promotes collagen production and fights off fine lines and wrinkles.