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LGLWSM Newsletter 083 - 10 Foods That Promote Glowing Skin
May 01, 2015

When I was in my early years, I didn’t understand the connection between diet and good skin. I guess I got lucky cause my mom always encouraged me to eat more home cooked meals than fast food! My skin still looks pretty good - for a woman of my age that is!

So by now, you’ve hopefully heard (or read) that avocados and blueberries are highly beneficial for aging skin. (Everyone's skin is aging so no one gets off the hook on that one!) However, if you’d like to expand on your list of skin-friendly foods, try incorporating some of these foods into your meals or snacks. I know I will be!

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10 Foods That Promote Glowing Skin

  • Pomegranate juice has three times more free-radical fighting enzymes than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries! Like all fruits and veggies, the peel contains more antioxidants than the flesh. What you may not realize is that they can be released (in abundance) when the fruit is squeezed fresh yourself.

    *Do remember that 1/2 of all pomegranates grown in the US are GMO! For that reason, always select organic fruits if you have a choice!

  • Collards contain zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that promotes an even skin tone and brings out a natural radiance. Instead of steaming or boiling collard greens, try sautéing raw leaves with a drizzle of olive oil for a flavorful change.

  • Turmeric has been used for centuries in Eastern and Asian cooking, which may explain why many women from this region have great looking skin! Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice that contains curcumin, which helps slow down the production of bacteria in the skin. Sprinkle this spice on soups, rice, egg salad, or frittatas. You can also just buy the supplements (like I do) and take one capsule daily.

  • Asparagus promote healthy bacteria in your colon, which helps clear up many skin conditions. They’re classified as a prebiotic, which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria pre-digestion.

  • Wheat germ is suggested for anyone with dry skin because it contains ceramides, a fat molecule that locks in moisture and promotes a natural skin glow.

  • Grass-fed or organic red meat contains an abundance of alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant that promotes healthy collagen production. Just don't overdo it!

  • Artichokes are good for anyone with congested skin. They contain silymarin, which reduces toxicity in the liver. Pick deep green artichokes that have tight leaves and looks fresh.

  • Sardines may not be on your list of must-haves, but they contain ample amounts of selenium, (along with omega-3 fatty acids), which calms the skin – preventing it from looking red and irritated. To make getting them into your diet more appetizing, squeeze lemon juice over chopped sardines and add extra virgin olive oil, chopped tomatoes, basil, and oregano.

  • Eastern wild oysters that are steamed or grilled are one of the richest sources of zinc, which contains strong antimicrobial properties that help keep the skin free of blemishes.

  • An herbal tea called Gotu Kola Tea, promotes collagen production and circulation - which gives your complexion a natural glow. Since it's been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese medicine, you know it's a safe bet!

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