4 Foods to Eat for Glowing Skin
What did one clogged skin cell say to the other skin cell?
It’s a pore-fect day out.
All jokes aside, your skin is a big deal. It’s your largest organ, and #1 barrier against germs. And for good or bad, it’s a large part of how your appearance is judged.
That’s probably why Americans spend $50-$500 dollars every three months on topical skincare products[*].
We love slathering our skin with the latest product that claims to erase fine lines, soothe redness, and pop those pimples.
But topical skincare products should really be the last step in your skin regime.
You may not know this but these 4 things affect your skin the most:
- Your gut
- Your liver
- Your stress
- Your eats
Luckily, we can help support all of them with food to get that glow.
1. Your gut + your skin
The connection: Your gut is where your body absorbs most nutrients. Nutrients that your skin needs to look and feel its best. If your gut is having trouble digesting and absorbing your food, you and your skin are in trouble.
Eat this: Living foods
Probiotics are the good bacteria in your gut. While the jury is still out on probiotic supplements, consuming fermented and alive foods is a good way to eat the good bacteria. Try multiple types of:
- Yogurt (with live cultures)
2. Your liver + your skin
The connection: Your liver is working 24/7 to help your body process everything it comes in contact with. From nutrients to toxins, it’s watching out for you. It’s your natural detoxifier. (No $15 green juice required).
Your skin is really a mirror for whatever is happening in your liver. A fully functioning liver often equates to a flawless face. And it can use all the help it can get.
Eat this: Shiitake.
Shiitake has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to increase circulation. It’s a superfood with amino acids, vitamin D, many minerals, and vitamin B. When exposed to sunlight, their levels of vitamin D actually increase.
This vitamin D, plus shiitake’s antioxidant properties has been shown to help support the liver in mice[*].
You can find shiitake in our Mushroom Golden Latte, our beautifying dairy-free latte.
3. Your stress + your skin
The connection: Stress is not a good look for your skin.
“Specifically in skin, multiple neuroinﬂammatory conditions can be triggered or aggravated by stress, such as: psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne, contact dermatitis, alopecia areata, itch or Pruritus, and erythema[*]."
No thank you to all of the above.
Eat this: Adaptogens
Adaptogens are non-toxic, naturally occurring substances that are your #1 stress superhero. They help your body to adapt to whatever life throws at it. (Along with sleep, nutrition, and hydration of course).
Adaptogens to add to your arsenal:
- American and Asian ginseng root
- Eleuthero root
- Holy basil
- A variety of mushrooms including chaga, cordyceps, maitake, reishi, and shiitake.
4. Your eats + your skin
The connection: Don’t worry, I’m not going to preach against eating chocolate or the occasional fried foods. But it is in your food that you get the nutrients that your skin needs to stay well. A balanced diet, full of veggies, whole grains, and good fats is going to be good for your body, including your skin.
Eat this: Antioxidant properties in real foods.
Foods with antioxidant properties, especially those with vitamins A, C, E, help support skin as it ages (oh Father Time)[*]. Skip the antioxidant pill and try:
- Any fruit
- Any vegetable
- Functional mushrooms (especially Reishi and Chaga)