I was recently lucky enough to be able to tap into an online natural beauty & wellness summit, The Glow Summit, organised by Ailish of The Glow Getter Blog. I thought you'd love to hear some Top Tips from a nutritionist, to help you stay healthy both inside & out. Here are some of the top foods recommended for glowing skin by Nutritionist Clare Fairhurst, of Jigsaw Nutrition. As you know, I'm an advocate of the holistic approach to health & nutrition and strongly believe that balanced skin starts inside your body. So here goes...
Clare advocates a bright, colourful, varied diet & specific foods to help the body make collagen, a vital protein which acts as "scaffolding" for our skin, supporting it & keeping it firm & youthful. The body's ability to make collagen starts to reduce at the grand old age of 25! So you can give it a helping hand...
Here are Clare's Top Five favourite foods for glowing skin:
• Ground flax seeds kept in a closed container in the fridge – to move everything through the gut & eliminate effectively. High in Omega 3, they are great for digestion & supporting hormone balance, which often manifests as spots around the chin.
• Wild salmon – high in Omega 3 which is essential for nourishing the skin & is anti-inflammatory; contains zinc which helps collagen production to repair the skin & help prevent spots. (Note from Lucy: for vegans, many nuts & seeds also contain high levels of Omega 3, such as walnuts & almonds).
• Berries – high in antioxidants to help repair sun damage & in Vitamin C for collagen production. Darker berries contain Vitamin A, to help reduce any excess sebum which may be the cause of spots & inflammation.
• Greens – kale, watercress, rocket & especially cucumber. Cucumber is high in water content so moisturises the skin cells & contains silica which helps the body to make collagen. Great to add to your green juices.
• Tumeric – a powerful anti-inflammatory to help reduce overall inflammation in the body & anti-oxidant to help repair & prevent damage in the cell structure of the skin. A whole spectrum of antioxidants helps your skin, more examples being garlic, green tea, cacao, cayenne pepper & parsley.
So there you are! Try adding these to your diet & see if your skin & gut health improve. Do let us know (:
With thanks to Ailish & Clare for permission to publish (: Photo credits: pexel.com