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Self Love & Skincare

February is self love month! I know we could all use some extra love this time of year, especially for ourselves. It is so important in our functional medicine practice that we teach healthy relationships and connections, and that starts with our own relationship to how we see and feel about ourselves. If you have been feeling like you want to boost your nutrition and even maybe your skincare routine, we have got you covered!  

Here are the top 10 foods to boost in your diet to glow up your skin! 

 

Turmeric

Loaded with antioxidants and is known for its high potency anti-inflammatory properties that reduces inflammation in the body and provides a natural glow to your skin.

 

Citrus

A rich natural source of vitamin C that fights off free radicals that would cause damage to your cells and dull the appearance of the skin. It has been shown to brighten skin and lighten the appearance of dark spots as well.

 

Fatty Fish

Very high in omega 3 fatty acids which are essential to reducing inflammation, reduce the risk of skin cancer, and makes skin less reactive to UV rays from the sun. Cold-water fatty fish include trout, herring, sardines, and salmon.

 

Carrots

Similar to citrus, carrots are loaded with vitamin C, which also helps produce collagen in your body. Collagen is the protein in hair, skin and nails that helps with the maintenance of integrity and elasticity. Carrots also have a lot of Vitamin A, which acts as a very powerful antioxidant in the body and the skin.  

 

Cucumber

Made up of mostly water, so they are very hydrating to the cells. Cucumbers also contain lots of essential vitamins and minerals to help prevent nutrient deficiencies. 

 

Avocado

High in vitamin E, an essential nutrient for the health and integrity of the skin. It also contains the healthy monounsaturated fat that helps increase skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. 

 

Ginger

Similar to turmeric, ginger is a high potency anti-inflammatory root that soothes inflammation and also protects cells from damage. Ginger has also been shown to reduce the appearance of hypopigmented skin when used topically. 

 

Omega 3 rich nuts & seeds

Also for the purpose of reducing inflammation and making the skin less sensitive, boost these omega-3 rich nuts and seeds- walnuts, macadamias, flax, chia, and hemp seeds. 

 

Leafy Greens

These contain high levels of vitamin E, folate, and beta-carotene, all important and essential for healthy, supple looking skin. The chlorophyll in these nutrient rich plants helps to hydrate the skin and also acts as a powerful antioxidant to the cells.  

 

Saffron

Saffron has been shown to counteract signs of aging by increasing circulation in the body. Additionally, it has been shown to help with stopping oil production in acne prone skin due to dilating blood vessels.

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