7 Foods for Flawless Skin – by Maria Marlowe

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Who doesn’t want a glowing, radiant complexion?

While most people think that gorgeous skin is the result of a special beauty routine, the truth is that our dietary habits can have an even greater impact on our skin than our products. Skin, after all, is our largest organ, and so while it does need some TLC on the outside, it also needs the right nourishment from the inside.

Maria Marlowe, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Creator of EatBEAUTY, a 10-week plan to reverse acne naturally, weighs in with an unconventional addition to your beauty routine—food.

From Maria:

Certain nutrients, vitamins and minerals that come from our food are necessary for clear, blemish-free and even wrinkle-resistant skin. When you add the foods that contain them into your diet regularly, you’ll likely be rewarded with a flawless complexion. Here are my top 7 picks:

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds may be tiny, but they contain a massive amount of protein, including the sulfur-bearing amino acids: methionine, cysteine, and cystine, which are used to build strong hair, nails, muscle, and skin.

They are also high in omega 3, an essential fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties which can help bring down the redness and swelling of blemishes and even help prevent the formation of lines.

Enjoy them sprinkled on salads or avocado toast, or blended in smoothies. You can even use them to make a delicious vegan Hemp Caesar Salad Dressing.

Pumpkin Seeds

Another seed with a powerful skin-beautifying effect, pumpkin seeds get their power from the beauty mineral, zinc, and essential fatty acids including omega-3,-6, and -9. Like hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds help reduce inflammation in the body.

Try them sprinkled on salads or a smoothie bowl, or simply eat them by the handful.

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Flax is loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3, which can help bring down a blemish quickly, reduce redness, and speed the rate at which wounds heal.

Sprinkle milled or crushed flaxseed on salads or cauliflower oatmeal for a nutty flavor.

Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens are nature’s multivitamin, and so it’s no surprise that they contain the very nutrients your skin needs. They are off-the-charts in Vitamin A, which is needed for blemish-free skin, and Vitamin C, which is needed for wrinkle-free skin. Greens are also a good source of sulfur, which plays a key role in a gorgeous, clear complexion.


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