Now that we have all gone crazy on pumpkin pie, its important to give some love to the foods that will love us back! Nutritionist Alex Caspero, expert for HUM – the brand model Molly Sims and celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin turn to – is breaking down her top ten ingredients that will give your beauty routine a boost with every bite, and make you beautiful inside and out.
We would never discourage a little indulgence, but there’s no harm is also being on the look out for foods that taste good and do good for your body as well. Caspero makes it easy to spot these beauty-boosters with snack and cooking ideas as well! Let’s see what we should be eating to get that glow…
1.Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These can help improve skin tone, elasticity and reduce inflammation. While we all know about omega-3 fats from fish, you can also get it from snacks like walnuts! This is not a fat to be scared of, as its essential for well-hydrated skin.
2. Vitamin C: Not only does Vitamin C work as an antioxidant but its also a precursor for collagen production. Besides oranges, enjoy Vitamin C in red peppers & strawberries.
3. Probiotics: An unhealthy gut can make skin look dull and flat. Besides yogurt, enjoy probiotics in a supplement (like Gut Instinct), or even Sauerkraut.
4. Zinc: This can help repair skin, especially from acne scar damage. Find it in kidney beans, chicken, and pumpkin seeds!
5. Vitamin E: Another powerful antioxidant, essential for healthy, glowing skin! While Vitamin E is found in most plant oils, sunflower seeds are as easy way to get your Vitamin E on the go.
6. Whole Grains: Too much sugar can wreck havoc on your skin so swap simple carbohydrates with whole, fiber rich grains. Oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, and 100% whole-wheat pasta are top choices.
7. Lean Protein: Along with a few other nutrients, protein helps build collagen, which we lose every year. While all proteins work, it’s important to choose those that have other benefits, like those low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
8. Green Tea: This may help reduce damage from UV rays we might have picked up over the summer, so enjoy it as is or add Green Tea to smoothies or juices.
9. Beta-Carotene: This is another powerful antioxidant found in carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes.
10. Herbs and Spices: These can help reduce inflammation and are a great source of antioxidants. You can grate options like fresh ginger into water, stir-frys or dressings.