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What blast is good for the complexion?

Can you recommend any recipes for glowing skin?

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2 years ago

Dietitian's Answer

We can't claim to provide any magic potion for perfect skin, but it's widely known that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is good for the complexion. Specifically, there are compounds and nutrients in foods that are thought to help with acne and collagen production.

Acne can have many causes from what you eat to what you put on your skin, to what you are exposed to in your environment. Eliminating certain foods like processed sugars, refined carbohydrates, dairy, caffeine, fried foods and in some cases gluten, may help clear up acne. Make sure you are using all natural skin care products and avoiding ingredients that can be toxic.

Deficiencies in minerals like zinc and selenium have also been linked to acne. Make sure you get enough of these nutrients by eating foods that are rich in both like walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, brazil, cacao powder and sunflower seeds.

Following an anti-inflammatory diet is a good idea as acne is a form of inflammation (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3780801/). In addition, try adding antimicrobial foods like cold-pressed coconut oil, ginger, garlic, and fermented foods into your diet.
Finally, make sure you are drinking water throughout the day - this will help your body flush out toxins that may be causing breakouts as well ask keep you skin hydrated.

Even if you don't suffer from acne, including high antioxidant foods in the diet can help to prevent free-radical damage to skin cells that contribute to inflammation and aging. Avocado is full of healthy fats and antioxidants Vitamin C and Vitamin E, and is a great skin-boosting ingredient to add to a Blast; you can even lather it directly on your skin.

Collagen, which helps keep our skin looking young, is not found in food directly; however, there are some foods that help boost its production to help sustain a youthful appearance. Zinc, a mineral known for speeding up wound healing, works with the skin to help rebuild its collagen fibers. Zinc is found in watermelon seeds, raw cacao, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, sesame seeds, pecans and rolled oats.

The amino acid proline, found in wheat germ, along with lysine, found in legumes, also shows promise for promoting collagen formation. However, it is important to consume this acid with vitamin C-rich fruits and veggies in order to convert it to its collagen-producing form.

Silicon is another helpful mineral found in hemp, radish, alfalfa, oats, bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Finally, a couple phytonutrients that show promising results for strengthening the connective tissue matrix are catechins, found in green tea, and anthocyanidins, found in deep-colored, red-blue berries and fruits.
The phytonutrients found in cucumbers, a natural beauty food high in B vitamins (except B12), vitamin c, silicon and other minerals, help heal and smooth collagen.

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