The plane has landed. I guess I deserve it. I did, after all, write a blog post called ‘Born Skinny.’ My metabolism, the metabolism that had been overly kind to me for 37 years, officially retired 2 years ago. I think due to overwork. I have since joined the rest of humanity- ass fallen, boobs headed south, beautiful cellulite, and finally the inability to eat whatever I want (that’s the worst part of all). Ahh, the wonderful world of aging. It was great while it lasted. Now I actually have to do something called, **gasp** …WORK.
So, seeing that fall is upon us, and the summer glow we all had going during July and August is now fading, I wanted to share the Top 11 Superfoods to keep our skin glowing through the fall. Many of these super foods have helped keep me in good health too. Today, we’re getting off the fence, and caring for our skin AND ourselves. Fall is a time when many begin to fall into a rut, and when we see a surge in SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). So, let’s get GLOWING, shall we? We’re gonna glow from the inside out this fall season.
On a side note, I was also born with my dad’s skin… i.e. bad skin, and can use all the help I can get.
Let’s cut right to the chase, shall we?! The Top 11 Superfoods to incorporate into your 2014-15 diet for glowing skin:
1. Salmon. Instead of meat or chicken, try Salmon as a lunch or dinner option. Salmon is high in protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and very high in vitamin D. Just so you know HOW important these Omega 3’s are– they help prevent strokes, blood clots and recent studies also show that Omega 3’s have the potential to slow down Alzheimer’s, as well as fight depression and suicide. Salmon is known to keep your skin moisturized as well as contains selenium that protects your skin from the sun.
2. Berries. Who doesn’t like berries? Ripe blueberries are high in vitamin C, and have tons of anti-oxidants, which benefit your circulatory system. Strawberries are full of potassium and are also great for your heart. But listen up… strawberries are ALSO rich in vitamin C which is essential in the production of collagen (responsible for keeping your skin firm).
3. Walnuts. Walnuts have more antioxidants than almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and many other members of the nut family. Walnuts are the new “supernuts.” Walnuts do everything from promote cardiovascular health to prevent weight gain. Studies have even concluded that if eaten before bedtime, walnuts can help you get a better night’s sleep, thanks to the hormone melatonin. Walnuts also have a reputation for making your skin smoother and hair healthier!
4. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Studies are coming out of the wazoo that Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is the best oil you could use for health benefits, and to keep you fit. Another great health benefit to coconut oil is that it’s been known to stimulate your metabolism. It’s also been known to increase immunity, and help decrease heart disease and high blood pressure. I’m considering making the switch. Coconut oil is also ideal for skin care and has anti aging benefits.
5. Tomatoes. Tomatoes are one of the best sources of lycopene – an anti-aging antioxidant. And listen to this shocker… lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when the tomatoes are COOKED, and not raw off the vine! I love me those little sweet cherry ones. 😉
6. Greek yogurt. Because Greek yogurt is strained, it becomes much richer in texture than unstrained yogurt. The straining also removes the whey, which makes Greek yogurt higher in protein and lower in sugar and carbohydrates than regular yogurt. Greek yogurt is also known for its positive effects on your immune system and your COMPLEXION!
7. Kiwi. This is the fruit I always forget to buy, but love just the same. Kiwis are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, which in turn keep your skin skin firm, help prevent wrinkles, and are great for healthy bones and teeth. The antioxidants in kiwis are also specifically known to protect you from heart disease and cancer. Kiwi it up!
8. Sweet potato. Who doesn’t love sweet potato fries? Feel free to roast them up because sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that fights aging. Hello SWEET skin!
9. Black Garlic. Black garlic is a type of fermented garlic that originated in Asian cultures. To make black garlic, whole bulbs of garlic are fermented at high temperatures, resulting in black cloves that taste both sweet and savoury. The pungent smell is subdued in the fermenting process, so while the taste is still there, the bad breath that typically accompanies garlic is not. Black garlic has double the number of disease-fighting antioxidants as raw garlic. You ready for this? “Garlic topical can promote skin blood circulation, remove the stratum corneum of the skin aging, soften the skin and enhance its flexibility, but also anti-sun, anti-melanin deposition the deranging whitening.” – (blackgarlic.net). This one is on my agenda for 2014-15.
10. Dark chocolate. Oh yeah, baby! You’re reading correctly. Dark chocolate is known to help your skin stay hydrated, and believe it or not, dark chocolate with a cacao content of 60 percent or more is known to help keep your skin protected from sun damage.
I’d love to know if you have tried, or eat any of these superfoods regularly. Are off the fence and ready to get glowing this fall, or are you feeling in a slump? Please feel free to add your tips and tricks on foods that are currently keeping YOU healthy and GLOWING.