Did you know that healthy skin mainly comes from the inside out and is impacted by a healthy diet? The famous folk singer, Carly Simon, is known for her song “You’re So Vain.” In this blog post, you’ll see it’s okay to be vain when it comes to the health of your skin. When trying to improve my diet to prevent my cancer from coming back, I got an added bonus—my skin became vibrant and healthy. And I was vain enough to love the results! Here are eight foods for healthy skin I’m vain enough to eat daily!
Wild salmon, mackerel, and herring are fatty fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids which are important for maintaining skin health. These healthy fats keep skin supple, hydrated, and thick while reducing inflammation.
This superfood fruit is high in healthy fats which keeps our skin flexible and moist. They also contain vitamins A, D, E, and C which all promote healthy skin and protect it.
Green Leafy and Colored Vegetables.
Greens like kale, broccoli, and any cruciferous vegetable with sulforaphane and lutein, or vegetables with carotenoids like sweet potatoes and carrots have many benefits for your skin. Sulforaphane neutralizes free radicals and protects against sun damage while maintaining collagen levels in your skin. Carotenoids like beta carotene act as a natural sunblock for your skin.
Dark Chocolate (Cacao).
In this case, I’m not talking about highly-processed milk chocolate. I’m referring to dark chocolate which is 70 percent or more cacao. This dark cacao which is actually a fruit thickens and hydrates your skin while increasing blood flow and bringing more nutrients to your skin. Up to one ounce per day is recommended.
This tea contains powerful antioxidants such as catechins (EGCG) which help heal inflammation, improve the elasticity and hydration of your skin, and protect your skin from sun damage. You can even use the tea bags as a compress on your eyes.
Nuts and Seeds.
Nuts such as walnuts contain a good ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids as well as zinc, selenium, vitamin E, and protein. Sunflower seeds contain 49% of the DV for vitamin E, 41 % of the DV for selenium, and 14 % of the DV for zinc. Flaxseeds are also loaded with healthy fats and many nutrients which benefit your skin.
Red Grapes and Berries.
These gifts of nature contain resveratrol which is known to reduce the side effects of aging by impairing harmful free radicals that damage your skin.
There is no substitute for this nutrient that God has blessed us with. Proper hydration enhances every cell, organ, and system in our bodies. That includes our skin. As I say in my book, “Do you want your skin to look more like a raisin or a plum?” If you don’t like plain water, you can add a splash of flavor by squeezing a dash of lemon, lime, or fresh vegetables. Never forget that water is a necessary nutrient.
Do these foods look familiar to you? They all help to prevent cancer and six of these are contained in my daily smoothie each day. I created my smoothie to prevent cancer, enhance my gut lining, and reduce my risk for dementia. As a bonus, my skin health improved. As a result, I’m vain enough to eat these foods every day!
How many of these foods for healthy skin do you eat each day? I’m batting 8 of 8 because “I’m So Vain.”
For Your Health and Your Skin,
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Ginny Dent Brant is a speaker and writer who grew up in the halls of power in Washington, DC. She has battled cancer, ministered around the world, and served on the front lines of American culture as a counselor, educator, wellness advocate, and adjunct professor. Brant’s award-winning book, Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World, was endorsed by Chuck Colson and featured in many TV and media interviews. Unleash Your God-Given Healing: Eight Steps to Prevent and Survive Cancer was released in May 2020 after her journey with cancer and was recently awarded the First Place Golden Scrolls Award for Memoirs, and Second Place in both Selah Awards for Memoirs and Director’s Choice Award for Nonfiction at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. It recently received the Christian Authors Network’s (CAN) Gold Award for Excellence in Marketing for reaching 62.5 million people with a message of cancer prevention and survival. It was written with commentary from an oncologist and was featured on CBN’s Healthy Living Show, Atlanta Live, and CTN’s Homekeepers along with over 75 media outlets. Learn more and cancer and wellness prevention blog and book information at www.ginnybrant.com.