Broccoli is an amazing supefood. Why? It is affordable and available almost year round! Nourishing food does not have to be expensive to be nutrient dense!
What does it do for the skin // If you suffer from cystic acne or experience breakouts around hormonal changes, broccoli may be the superfood your skin’s been waiting for. In addition to being rich in detoxifying fiber, broccoli contains a compound called Indole-3-Carbinol, which is found in many cruciferous veggies.
Indole-3-Carbinol has been shown to help correct hormonal imbalances that play a role in acne, such as excess estrogen. In fact, low progesterone or excess estrogen can lead to a condition called estrogen dominance, which can cause inflammation, and is commonly seen with cystic acne.
I3C “blocks” estrogen, and prevents excess estrogen from being produced in the body, leading to fewer hormonal breakouts and clearer skin. Hormonal imbalances commonly occur from taking oral contraceptives, but diets rich in processed foods, stress and genetics can also play a role.
Chlorella- Algae Power
Chlorella is a green algae that promotes clear skin, glowing skin, thanks to a nutrient it contains called Chlorella Growth Factor, or CGF. CGF is rich in the nucleic acids RNA and DNA, which give the body “instructions” on the functions it needs to carry out— including cellular repair and regeneration. As you can guess, the quicker your skin cells repair and regenerate, the healthier your skin will look and feel. This is especially important when it comes to wound healing, or healing fresh scars.
As suggested by the name, Chlorella Growth Factor can’t be found in any other food besides chlorella— which is why it’s superior to other types of algae when it comes to improving your skin health.
Chlorella also contains beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, which has been shown to stimulate collagen production and prevent premature aging, and is also rich in fiber to support digestion and detoxification.
Dark Leafy Greens- AKA the friends you always want to bring to the party
Dark leafy greens get their green color from a pigment called chlorophyll, which happens to be one of the most powerful detoxifiers on the planet. It’s been shown to help the body eliminate heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium, which get stuck in our tissues and can cause skin irritation and conditions .
By improving detoxification, chlorophyll also helps reduce inflammation and promotes digestive health. And as we remember: the better your gut health is, the brighter and healthier your skin will be, too.
Coconut Oil- 99 problems and coconut oil cured 98 of them
Coconut oil is one of the “natural beauty” ingredients you can both apply topically to your skin, and eat to improve your skin’s appearance from the inside out.
Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called lauric acid, which has antibacterial properties that may prevent acne breakouts. Lauric acid is also a natural antifungal, which can help kill harmful pathogens in the digestive tract that destroy gut health, such as yeast.
We love using coconut oil to make muffins, pies, cookies and so much more!
Celery- The perfect food
Celery is an amazing skin food because of its high fiber and high water content. Now, we’ve mentioned that moisture is key for keeping skin looking plump and youthful, which is why staying hydrated is one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Which you know we are passionate about.
Aside from drinking your water, you can also hydrate from eating high water content veggies, too.
In addition to fiber, celery also contains a gut and skin supportive nutrient called lutein, which is said to be protective against colon cancer.
Pumpkin- Not just for Pies
Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, which is the precursor to vitamin A, or retinol. Eating food sources of beta-carotene will provide powerful skin benefits and help you heal from the inside out.
Beta carotene is the pigment that gives orange and red plant foods their colors, so yellow and orange peppers, squash, yams and carrots provide benefits for the skin, too.