We all know that beautiful skin starts from within, so we invited celebrity chef and nutritionist Zoe Bingley Pullin to share with us the best foods to add to your diet to help give you glowing skin this summer. This is what Zoe had to say… Bon appetit!
Zoe’s top 5 foods for a summer glow
When it comes to glowing skin, you really are what you eat. Nutrition plays a critical role in the appearance, texture and overall health of your skin. Thankfully some of the most skin supportive nutrients are found in every day and not to mention delicious foods, making it all the more easy to support skin health.
Here are five foods to add to your diet to help eat your way to glowing skin this summer:
Walnuts are a plant-based source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. A diet rich in omega-3 is believed to dampen down the damage caused to the skin’s extracellular matrix including sun exposure, ultraviolet radiation and oxidative stress. Walnuts make a great snack on the go, and are perfect tossed through salads or sprinkled on muesli.
Turmeric contains the active compound curcumin. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agent, which plays an important role in collagen formation, wound healing and inhibiting AGE formation. Fresh turmeric can be added to smoothies, stirfries or used in dips and salad dressings.
Healthy fats, including monounsaturated fats found in avocado, assist in the absorption and utilisation of fat-soluble antioxidants and also phytochemicals. An adequate intake of antioxidants and phytochemicals assists in increasing the strength of connections between collagen fibres and inhibiting the formation of AGEs and therefore preventing associated skin damage. Start your day with some avocado on toast, add to salads or puree as a creamy salad dressing.
Phytochemicals (including anthocyanidins) found in berries are responsible for inhibiting the formation of advanced glycation end (AGEs) products. AGEs contribute towards reduced skin elasticity, skin inflammation and skin yellowing. Blueberries also contain vitamin C. Vitamin C is critical for collagen production and also offers antioxidant properties protecting the skin from free radical damage. Snack on a handful of blueberries and walnuts, add to smoothies, top on porridge for breakfast or try these homemade blueberry and chia icy poles.
Beta-carotene is the precursor to Vitamin A and is found in sweet potato. Beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant in the body and is known to protect against free radical damage from ultraviolet exposure. Steam sweet potato and toss into salads, puree and make a dip or stuff and bake as a light vegetarian meal.
Zoe Bingley Pullin is a celebrity chef and nutritionist who’s passion is to get people back in the kitchen and getting them falling in love with food all over again. Her mission is to educate people about nutrition and equip them with the tools to make tasty, easy and nutritious meals that become part of their lifestyle, not just a fad.
If you want to learn how to make permanent changes to health and develop a healthy relationship with food, find out more about Zoe’s Falling in Love with Food.
This is not a sponsored post, but we liked Zoe’s tips!