I am a great believer in the fact “You are What You Eat”. All the food that you consume day-in and day-out will over time have a marked effect on your physical appearance and your general wellbeing. We need to look at the power of natural food and the benefits of consuming high quality, organic, natural food. The best foods for glowing skin are antioxidant rich foods, these foods are excellent nutrition for your skin and will make your skin glow and radiate with health and vitality.
We all want to know how to fight skin aging, how to maintain our youthful appearance and age gracefully overtime. One of the best ways to do this, if not the best, is to take seriously the type of food we are feeding ourselves. We need to ask the questions, “Is this food that I am about to consume nutritious? Will it provide my body with the energy, nutrients and antioxidants to protect me and keep me looking at my best?”. So I guess if you are holding onto a cream donut and asking yourself these questions the resounding answer would have to be no.
So let’s look at five of the best nutritious foods that will add to your wellbeing and act as a boost of anti-aging nutrients to nourish your skin from the inside out and really help you to defy your age and live and look well.
- Berries: when they are in season eat them fresh in plentiful supply, the more brightly coloured the better. Remember to stock up on fresh berries and freeze them for when they are out of season so they you can enjoy them through-out the year, yummy :). They are delicious to eat as a treat on their own; they make wonderful smoothies and great additions to you morning breakfast. The best berries are acai, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.
- Drink Green Tea: Green tea is high in catechin polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants, really good for your skin and wellbeing. Try an organic brand and reap the rewards for your skin. It’s kind of nice to know that when you are relaxing with a cuppa it is also providing a host of antioxidants to revitalise your skin.
- Eat garlic: I just love garlic and I just about have it with every dinnertime meal. If I could figure a way to make it taste nice with dessert I would! Maybe not, only kidding lol. But I do love the taste and aroma of garlic. Garlic contains vitamins A, B and C, selenium, iodine, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium. It is a powerful antioxidant food. It’s also useful for decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol and will act as an antifungal and antiviral agent. So add some to your next meal for a taste sensation and a boost of antioxidants.
- Tomatoes: One of the most versatile cooking ingredients also happens to be one of nature’s richest sources of lycopene, one of the strongest antioxidants you can consume in your food. Lycopene needs fat for optimum absorption, so pairing your tomatoes with olive oil will increase your lycopene levels. Tomatoes and olive oil is a wonderful dietary combination and then if you add it to hot pasta with some fresh basil and a sprinkle of parmesan it truly makes a wonderful tasty meal with a lots of antioxidants and vitamins.
- Broccoli and sweet potato: Both these vegetables are very high in antioxidants. Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C and calcium. Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and a great source of vitamin A. I love sweet potatoes roasted with olive oil, sea salt and pepper, they caramelise when roasted and have a wonderful sweet taste. Broccoli is wonderful steamed and is a great flavour boost to casserole and stir fry dishes as well.
We need to have more fun with our food, enjoy what we eat and most importantly nourish our bodies so that we can look and feel the best we possibly can be.