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As the saying goes, you are what you eat.

Similar to how you wouldn’t load up a fancy sports car with cheap oil, while expecting it to perform at its best, eating high quality and nutritious foods will help your body perform and look its best.

Beauty is so much more than skin deep. With skin being your body’s largest organ, it is the first to show any sign of inner distress and illness. At its peak, your skin will glow as a testament to your inner health.

From Inside Out

Your body constantly produces new cells. This cellular turn over rate slows down as you age, eating a diet of processed, junk foods further slows down this turnover process as more work is needed on your body’s natural cleaning processes. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole foods and healthy fats provides the necessary nutrition your body requires for glowing skin, shiny hair, and strong nails.

Pack your diet with the following beauty foods for better glowing skin

1.  Collagen

The ultimate beauty food, this protein is responsible for the vitality and elasticity in skin, producing the youthful glow and radiance you desire. Bon broth and supplements are the easiest way to consume collagen. You can also easily boost your body’s own collagen production by consuming dark leafy greens, citrus, berries, garlic, avocado, carrots, sweet potato, wild fish, tomatoes and beets.

2.  Healthy Fats

Avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, and wild fish provide the omega 3s, vitamins and minerals your skin requires to retain moisture and slow down aging.

3.  Prebiotics and Probiotics

Affecting the trillions of bacteria that live in your gut, when the microbiome is out of whack, problems such as inflammation can arise. Chronic inflammation leads to acne and other skin problems, so keeping your gut healthy is necessary for clear skin. Prebiotics are found in onions, leeks, garlic, artichokes and asparagus. Probiotics are found in fermented foods such as yoghurt and kimchi or can be consumed as supplements.

4.  Antioxidants

Antioxidants are the ultimate defence against free radicals running amok and doing damage and speeding up the aging process. Many naturally red, purple and blue foods contain a specific antioxidant called anthocyanins, which boost skin elasticity and collagen.

5.  Green Leafy Vegetables

Spinach, kale, swiss chard and collard greens are rich in phytonutrients that reduce inflammation, promote detoxification and hydrate the skin. Antioxidant-rich and nutrient-dense, leafy greens are superfoods that bring numerous benefits to your health. A serving with every meal is most ideal.

Beautiful skin reflects our inner health, so consume the right foods to feel and look great!