Summer is officially here and it’s HOT! To maintain healthy skin, during the summer months, it benefits our bodies to consume as many vitamins and minerals as we can. Over the summer months more people seek to get out of the house and maybe get some sun. However, being in the sun and heat can be dehydrating and can negatively affect your skin. I definitely suggest you wearing sunscreen and frequently seeking shade.
Summer fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrition along with sweetness and great flavor. Just like they’re hydrating and nutritious for our bodies, they’re equally as great for our skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some foods pack more than one nutrient for your skin, which often helps them work better. Below is a list of foods that are good for your skin and have added vitamins and minerals:
Avocados: healthy fats, vitamins C and E
Broccoli: zinc, vitamins A, C, and lutein
Eggs: protein, vitamins A and E, selenium, zinc
Extra virgin olive oil: healthy fats, vitamin E ⠀⠀
Fatty Fish (salmon, sardines, tuna): protein, omega-3s, selenium
Flaxseeds: omega-3s, selenium
Leafy dark greens (kale, spinach, collards): vitamins A, C, and E; omega-3s; protein plus selenium in spinach
Legumes (lentils, chickpeas): protein, zinc
Sunflower Seeds: protein, vitamin E, selenium
Sweet Potatoes: beta carotene, antioxidants, vitamin A, acts as a natural sunblock and may protect your skin.
Walnuts: Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, help with inflammation.
While there are no nutrients in water, drinking lots of water is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Water has so many benefits: it flushes toxins, it keeps your skin moist, hydrated and radiant.
Be sure to talk to your doctor if you are concerned you're not getting enough of these key nutrients from your food to make sure supplements won't affect your health in other ways. Fish oil is a source of omega-3s, for example, but taking it may not be a good idea if you're on blood thinners or have a weakened immune system. And zinc supplements can make some antibiotics less effective.
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