We’ve all heard the phrase, “Beauty is only skin deep.” In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth, as what happens well below our skin has a direct impact on what is expressed externally. Protein, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and good old-fashioned H2O are paramount in producing clear and glowing skin, shiny and resilient hair, and strong, healthy nails.
Hair, skin, eyes and nails are largely made of protein, which explains why proteins are considered the “building blocks of life.” One specific type, called collagen, binds together the cells in our bodies and is responsible for skin elasticity. It also strengthens our blood vessels, bones and teeth. Eating enough protein is one way to directly support the health of our external bodies.
Antioxidants are big time beauty boosters. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are produced from food and environmental toxins and cause damage to our tissues and cells. Prematurely aging skin is a direct result of free radical damage, so eating antioxidant rich foods means investing in the long-term health of your skin. Vitamin E, resveratrol, and vitamin C are all superfood antioxidants that boost collagen production and combat free radicals. They are abundant in Maqui, Acai, Pomegranate, Mulberries, and Goldenberries.
Essential Fatty Acids
While fats have recently gotten a bad rap, our bodies actually need healthy fats to thrive. Essential fatty acids, which we can only get from the food we eat, are particularly important. They build healthy cell membranes, which keep skin and tissues youthful. Studies have shown that they also help reduce skin inflammation and acne. Both Hemp and Chia are fantastic sources of plant-based essential fatty acids.
By supporting your diet with potent superfoods full of protein, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, your body will show you on the outside the vibrant health you’re generating on the inside.
Sarah, a.k.a. Miss Whisk, is not only the food-blogging mastermind behind A Whisk and Two Wands, she’s also a mom, driver, cleaning lady, scheduler, activity planner, laundry magician, and head whisk-holder. She lives in Minnesota with her two daughters (a.k.a. the wands), husband and two dogs. The family enjoys running, hiking, camping, kayaking and snow activities, and Sarah’s daughters fill their time with soccer and gymnastics. (Click here to read more about Sarah's adventure.)