What you eat is vital for the development of your skin. Collagen, which gives skin its strength and structure, is made from vitamin C. No vitamin C, then no collagen. Likewise, vitamin A is needed to control keratin production and therefore a lack of vitamin A will result in rough or dry skin.
Here are some things to consider for beautiful skin, including a delicious and easy breakfast go-to recipe below:
1. Eat the rainbow of vegetables and fruit
Make sure you include yellow and orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potato and squash which contain beta-carotene which can convert to vitamin A. Lots of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts and cauliflower which contain indole-3-carbinol to help support your liver. Berries are fantastic as they are bursting in vitamin C and fibre and gentle to your blood sugar.
2. Limit sugar
This can breakdown your antioxidants and prevent vitamin C from entering your cells.
Drink plenty of water, either neat or in herbal teas.
4. Eat some nuts or seeds every day
Sprinkle a heaped tablespoon of ground seeds on your breakfast or salad at lunchtime. These provide essential fatty acids and important minerals such as zinc and magnesium. Choose seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, chia, flaxseed or sesame.
5. Beauty Sleep
Quality sleep is important for repair of the skin.
Overnight Speedy Pots
This includes seeds such as pumpkin, flaxseed, sunflower and chia which provide essential fatty acids, vitamin E, zinc, and magnesium all important for skin health. Apples contain an important phytochemical which helps with the immune system and detoxification pathways as well as containing vitamin C.