Eat Your Way to Great Skin

June 1, 2015

Natura Veda is here to help ensure your skin is beautiful by offering the best skin-loving topical ingredients in our collection of all natural skin care products. However, creating radiant skin from the outside is only one side of the story. The other essential component of great skin care is a healthy, nutrient-rich diet that will enhance skin cells from the inside out.

Many factors beyond what we put on our skin affect our skin quality. Just like sleep, stress and environmental influences have an impact on skin, so does our diet. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to improve our skin by consuming a nutritious and wholesome diet full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and healthy fats. If that sounds a lot like our Natura Veda skin care product formula to you, you would be exactly right! Many of the same dietary nutrients necessary for fabulous skin can and should be used topically. This dual nutrient approach will keep your skin glowing for years to come.

So what are the best foods for beautiful skin? We’re so glad you asked.

Moringa: Of course our top pick for skintastic foods is Moringa. With over 90 phyto-nutrients that nourish, repair and rejuvenate skin, Moringa is the superfoods of all superfoods. That’s why it is the basis for our Natura Veda skin care line and should also be a part of your healthy diet. Beyond the antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, vitamins, minerals and amino acids found in Moringa, it also contains Zeatin, a rare nutrient that encourages cell turnover to ensure fresh, vibrant skin cells are constantly rising to the surface. While Moringa trees may not grow in your area, it is easy to incorporate Moringa into your diet through Moringa Powder, Moringa Tea, Moringa Extract or daily Moringa capsule supplements. Nourished cells are happy cells and if you’re happy and you know it, your skin will surely show it!

Essential Fatty Acids: Healthy fats such mono and poly unsaturated fats are critical to healthy skin. Essential fatty acids including Omega-3s and Omega-6s support cell membranes responsible for guarding what enters and exits cells. Strong cell membranes allow nutrients in and retain moisture while keeping toxins out and expelling waste. Essential fatty acids specifically help hydrate skin, reduce inflammation and stave off blemishes. The best sources of essential fatty acids include fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna, walnuts, cooking oils and whole grains.

Antioxidants: One of the qualifying factors of superfoods is their antioxidant potency. Antioxidants combat free radicals that threaten the health and integrity of our cells, including skin cells. Free radicals are environmental byproducts that can mutate cellular DNA, which leads to disease, a lowered immune system and premature aging. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C in our diet, combined with those naturally found in our body and antioxidant-rich skin care products, can reverse the effects of free radicals to keep skin younger, firmer and healthier. Get your antioxidants through a variety of berries – including blueberries, strawberries, pomegranates, Acai, raspberries and grapes – as well as nuts, beans, dark chocolate, olive oil and green leafy (cruciferous) vegetables like spinach, kale and broccoli.

Water and Water-Based Fruits and Vegetables: Our bodies are 75% water, which makes this pure, basic substance a very important component of healthy cells. Hydrated cells function better, act younger and look fuller. Dehydration is one of the worst mistakes you can make for your skin and one of the easiest things to combat. Drink plenty of water (8-12 eight oz. servings daily) along with water-based fruits and veggies like watermelon, grapes, oranges, celery, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.

Herbal Tea: Sipping in your nutrients throughout the day is a great way to go, especially if you choose herbal teas. Green tea and Moringa tea are among the best options because they deliver a ton of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that protect, heal and calm skin. The act of drinking tea also relaxes the body, which reduces stress that can have a negative effect on skin. Also, caffeinated green tea and decaffeinated Moringa tea both give the body a burst of energy and keeps oxygenated blood flowing to skin surfaces all over the body.

Eat up these amazing nutrients for brighter, healthier skin!

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