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My Top Five Skin Foods
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My Top Five Skin Foods

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I eat for happiness and health, which are of course directly related. Every now and then, I indulge in some "junk food" but for the most part, I like to keep my vegan diet as whole foods based as possible. There are certain foods I eat every single day because they just work well for my skin and nourish my body.

Here's a list of my favorite skin foods and why they're excellent for you!

1. Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli sprouts contain phenomenal benefits for our bodies, including our skin. Broccoli sprouts are much higher than mature broccoli heads in sulforaphane. The compound appears to work by triggering the body, especially the gastrointestinal tract, to produce enzymes that protect against damage-causing chemicals and inflammation. Add a couple of tablespoons to your next smoothie- they are somewhat bitter tasting, but a smoothie will mask that!

2. Walnuts

Walnuts are a powerhouse for your skin and have so many benefits. They're a great source of essential fatty acids and richer than most other nuts in omega-3s. One ounce of walnuts contains 8% of the DV for zinc, which is crucial for your skin to function well as a barrier. They also contain vitamin E and selenium.

3. Red Bell Pepper 

Red Bell pepper is high in vitamin C and contains tons of dietary fiber and vitamin B6. Also, it is rich in carotenoids that can help prevent wrinkles and increase blood circulation to your skin. Since they contain carotenoids, red bell peppers are also great for fighting acne! 

4. Ginger

One of my absolute favorite smoothie ad-ins! It contains around 40 antioxidant properties that can prevent free radical damage and protect against aging. Ginger can help even your skin tone and improve elasticity too! The antioxidant gingerol is one of the active components of ginger—why the spice can reduce inflammation in our bodies.

5. Coconut Probiotic Yogurt

As with other fermented foods, coconut yogurt is excellent for your gut, which is related to the health of your skin. Your gastrointestinal system and brain are linked through a cranial nerve called the vagus nerve. The nerve is capable of sensing the types of microbes in your digestive system's microbiome, which can influence your health!