What Are Superfoods And Why Are They Good For You
Skincare from the inside, tip number 3 is five foods you should add to your diet, and they are all considered superfoods. Superfoods are taking over our news feeds, monopolising current affairs programs & infiltrating our favourite magazines, but what are they? It seems each week we’re adding new and more exotic items to our shopping list – quite frankly it’s getting confusing (I mean what is Freekeh anyway?!). This week I’m cutting the confusion and re-introducing you to some humble old super food favourites that have stood the test of time when it comes to boosting your skin health.
An excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon (or other oily fish such as trout or mackerel) should be on your menu at least once a week. These fatty acids provide hydration to your cell membranes, leaving you with soft and supple skin that glows. Tired of grilled Salmon? These eight recipes will make you want to eat salmon every night of the week!
Ever wonder what gives beets their beautiful deep purple colour? It’s a pigment called betanin. Not only is this a marvel of nature providing the strong colour it produces, but it also has potent anti-inflammatory qualities.
This leafy green vegetable was once a favourite veggie patch item and is now making a strong resurgence as a superfood due to the long list of vitamins it contains. Top of the list is Vitamin A with Kale holding a whopping 100%+ of our recommended daily intake! Vitamin A plays a pivotal role in the repair of tissue – a great addition to your diet if you experience dry, flakey skin or fine lines and wrinkles. New to Kale and not sure how to eat it? Check out this recipe for super yummy kale chips (they’re so good you’ll be shocked that they’re healthy!)
Packed with fibre (approx. 2.7 grams per ounce) Pecans are a tremendous natural detox booster! Fibre assists our digestive system to eliminate waste and toxins that can cause poor internal health and external appearance (think breakouts & dull skin). Munch on a small handful daily to assist your body to clear toxins and leave your skin glowing!
Not only does this alga provide a natural source of energy, but it is also a skin metabolism booster that will promote faster cell turnover. Spirulina has excellent benefits for your skin, including reducing the signs of ageing, improving skin healing and helping to prevent candida overgrowth that can lead to acne – talk about a skincare powerhouse! And if taking spirulina internally is not enough, you can also help to detoxify and reinvigorate your skin with Botáni’s Spirulina Salt Scrub. This creamy scrub combines Sea Salt, Australian Lemon Myrtle & Spirulina (of course!) to create a unique and luxurious at-home spa experience.
What are your favourite superfoods? We’d love you to share below!
Jenna @ Botáni x
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