That old saying you are what you eat has stuck around because it's true. Our diets play a huge part in not just the way we feel, but also the way we look. If you look closely you'll see that your kitchen is full of skin-boosting foods, which, if added to your diet on a daily basis, can make a real difference. We called on nutritionist Gabriela Peacock to reveal four beauty boosters that we should all be downing daily. Keep scrolling to find out what they are, what they do and how to eat them.
Beauty benefit: is anti-inflammatory.
Turmeric (active component: curcumin) supports the liver in removing toxins. You can also buy curcumin on its own, which you can mix into a sweet smoothie (it has quite a distinctive taste).
How to eat it: Add grated turmeric root into a glass of hot water and lemon in the morning. You can even add some ginger too. This combination provides our bodies with plenty of vitamins, minerals and vital trace elements. It’s also a great energy booster for when we wake up first thing in the morning to beat dehydration.
Beauty benefit: boosts skin repair.
Flaxseed (also called linseed) is a plant source containing the omega-3 essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). This cannot be manufactured in our bodies, so we need to get it through our diet. It plays a key role in looking after our skin, helping to boost elasticity.
How to eat it: Sprinkle into smoothies, onto granola or over salads.
Beauty benefit: offers antioxidant protection.
Blueberries, strawberries and acai berries are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Berries contain unique flavonoids—a group of phytochemicals that exert powerful antioxidant protection. Flavonoids have a beneficial effect on collagen—the most abundant protein in the body—therefore benefitting the immune system and supporting the integrity of the skin.
How to eat them: Berries blend well with banana, spinach or kale and water for a simple smoothie.
Beauty benefit: supports and protects collagen production.
Green tea has an exceptionally high level of polyphenols, which serve as antioxidants protecting the immune system and collagen from free radical damage. Polyphenols and flavonoids help the skin retain a youthful and healthy appearance.
How to eat it: You can blend matcha green tea powder into smoothies, or mix with almond milk to create a green tea latte.
What beauty boosters do you have in your kitchen? Share your tips in the comment box below.