Beauty is as beauty does – and eats. A glowing complexion truly does come from the inside out. Dr. Roshini Raj, board certified gastroenterologist and internist, contributor for the Today Show, Dr. Oz and medical editor of Health Magazine should know. Co-creator of probiotic-infused skincare, Tula, this highly sought after wellness expert practices what she preaches, as made obvious by her flawless skin.
We’ve enlisted the expert advice of Dr. Raj to help us to achieve that inner glow with this short list of foods for healthy skin. Line up those radishes and add these foods to your daily diet to give that dermis a boost pre-spring!
11 foods for healthy skin:
There is a growing body of evidence showing that ingesting probiotics, those good-for-you bacteria, can improve the condition of your skin and potentially even ease chronic skin conditions, including eczema, acne, and rosacea. By maintaining the lining of the gut and creating a healthy and sealed barrier, they can stop system-wide inflammation that might trigger skin flare-ups. Yogurt with live cultures is an excellent source of probiotics. If you’re not a lactose fan, try tempeh or miso soup!
Especially popular in these winter months, root veggies are a great source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support. They can be harder to work into your daily diet, which is why juices are sometimes a great alternative (the Roots 3 at Pressed Juicery is one my favorite grab-and-gos!).
This dark green veggie is 90% water, so it’s a great food to work into your diet to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Its a source of antioxidants like vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and K that help revive damaged tissue as well as omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and folate – and the list goes on… There’s a reason moms everywhere push broccoli on their kids!
Omega-3s and omega-6s (good fatty acids) help strengthen your skin’s natural oil barrier, which prevents dryness and blemishes. The easiest places to find these are in fish, olive and canola oils and flax seeds. These also help combat inflammation in the body, so overall just a positive, inside and out!
Nobody wants dry, flaky skin. So grab an orange, carrot, or slice of cantaloupe. They’re loaded with vitamin A, as are dark leafy greens like spinach.
This giant of the nut world is a leading source of selenium. Why does this matter? Because selenium is crucial to anti-oxidant protection.
When it comes to vitamin C, orange is not top dog! A single kiwi provides more than the daily requirement for this nutrient, which helps fight free-radical attack and is a great anti-aging ingredient.
We have a winner! We’ve all heard that this green fruit is a great source of vitamin E (which can help boost the skin’s luminosity). But did you know it’s also a great source of vitamin C and healthy fats, which keep your skin supple and smooth?
For centuries, green tea was popular in China and used medicinally to treat everything from headaches to depression. Today, the polyphenols in green tea are recognized to help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin. The antioxidants and tannins (an astringent) in green tea can also help treat puffy eyes as well as dark circles.