Our skin is a direct reflection of our lifestyle - so if your skin has been lackluster lately, it might be what you’re eating – or not eating. Today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on top skin-boosting foods to add – and which to steer clear of – plus 3 supplements that can improve the health and appearance of our skin.
BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR YOUR SKIN:
- SUGAR & WHITE CARBS : Pro-inflammatory; accelerate collagen breakdown, making skin more prone to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
- ALCOHOL: Dehydrating & inflammatory
GET MORE OF THESE:
- Antioxidant-Rich Foods: Helps negate skin-damaging free radicals and can help boost effects of sunscreen. Think the rainbow of red peppers, carrots, leafy greens, blueberries, blackberries.
- Probiotics: Promote skin healing; can also alleviate inflammatory skin conditions like eczema & psoriasis. Think plain Green yogurt and kombucha.
- Skin-Friendly Fats maintain skin’s hydration. Think salmon, nut butters, avocado, coconut oil.
3 Supplements for Better Skin
- Supplement with 1,000 daily of EPA + DHA in addition to a diet rich in fish, walnuts & flax
- Fight inflammation and hydrate skin from within; also help combat dryness and flaking
- 2 tablespoons daily, or am & pm (40-45 calories & 10-11 grams protein per serving)
- Main component of skin, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
- Shown to boost density and structure of collagen, and help reduce collagen breakdown.
- Supplementing with 5-10 grams collagen hydrolysate can improve skin elasticity and hydration.
- I stir two tablespoons of collagen hydrolysate powder (Great Lakes Gelatin) into morning mix of apple cider vinegar and hot water. Can also be blended into a smoothie, stirred into green juice, or blended with unsweetened chocolate almond milk for a nighttime "snack."
- LonoLIfe makes a collagen-fortified coffee (stick packs & k-cups), with 10 grams of collagen.
- Capsule form or dandelion tea
- Natural diuretic & natural anti-inflammatory
- Can aid with fluid retention and help boost skin’s appearance
As always, check with your health care practitioner before adding any new supplement regime.
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