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5 foods to add to your diet to help promote glowing skin this summer

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With summer just around the corner, many of us are already seeking out tips and tricks to help promote a summer glow. Thankfully, much of what you need is found in the kitchen. Here are 5 foods to add to your diet to help eat your way to glowing skin this summer!

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a plant-based source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. A diet rich in omega-3 is believed to dampen down damage caused to the skins extracellular matrix including sun exposure, ultraviolet radiation and oxidative stress. Chia seeds can simply be added to the diet including sprinkled on salads, adding to smoothies, mixed into porridge and even stirred into fresh vegetable juice.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of dietary protein and zinc. Zinc plays an important role when it comes to skin health. Specifically, zinc helps protect cell membrane integrity, speeds up wound healing and possibly improves skin texture and appearance. Protein is a dietary source of amino acids, which are required alongside zinc for collagen production and healthy connective tissue formation. Toss pumpkin seeds into salads, snack on or sprinkle on muesli/yoghurt.

Turmeric

Turmeric contains the active compound curcumin. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agent, which plays an important role in collagen formation, wound healing and inhibiting advanced glycation end product (AGEs) formation. Always eat turmeric alongside a source of fat such as extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of pepper to help increase absorption. Fresh turmeric is a great addition to salad dressings, curries and stir-fry’s.

Red Cabbage

Red cabbage contains phytochemicals (including anthocyanidins) responsible for inhibiting the formation of advanced glycation end (AGEs) products. AGEs contribute towards reduced skin elasticity, skin inflammation and skin yellowing. Use shaved red cabbage as the base of salads, gently stir-fry as a dinner side or make into a fresh coleslaw with a tahini dressing.

Avocado

Healthy fats including monounsaturated fats found in avocado assist in the absorption and utilisation of fat-soluble antioxidants and also phytochemicals. An adequate intake of antioxidants and phytochemicals assists in increasing the strength of connections between collagen fibres and inhibiting the formation of AGEs and therefore preventing associated skin damage. Start your day with a side of avocado, add to salads or puree and make into a healthy dip.

 

If you want to learn how to make permanent changes to health and develop a healthy relationship with food, the next round of Zoe’s 8-week online Falling in Love with Food Program starts 16th October 2017. For just $13 a week or $99 up front, each week members receive a 7-day meal plan, group coaching call with Zoe, 4 recipes and cooking videos, motivational interviews and access to an online community to support your journey.

To read more visit here: http://www.fallinginlovewithfood.com

About Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Zoe Bingley- Pullin is a celebrity chef, nutritionist and the founder of popular online food program Falling In Love with Food which runs 4 times a year. Zoe also has her Food Tribe which is a program that you can start anytime!

Falling in Love with Food and Tribe are designed to help people build a happier relationship with food. Through the program, Zoe gives practical tips and advice that help participants create permanent, positive and healthy lifestyle changes.

Zoe is also about to bring out a new and exciting cookbook in September 2016 that explores the different meals that she enjoyed through different phases of her life.

For a free 7 day meal plan, click here.

http://www.fallinginlovewithfood.com

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