Superfoods for Healthy Skin

By Amber Chen

When it comes down to having healthy, glowy skin, we know diet has a direct impact. Here are some yummy superfoods that can easily be incorporated into your diet to give your body and skin some extra nourishment and love.

Matcha

Matcha is a versatile superfood that is packed with antioxidants that can help with anti-aging, acne, and rejuvenation. It has been a been a popular staple in Japanese culture since the 12th century. Matcha's vibrant, green color comes from its high amount of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll serves to protect our skin from sun damage and reduce wrinkles and the appearance of sun spots. Matcha is also packed with epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which contains anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties that can combat acne.

I personally love drinking matcha throughout the day. It's such a versatile drink that can be served cold, room temperature, and even hot. Sometimes, I like to switch it up by making an iced matcha latte using oat milk or almond milk.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have been a long-time staple in ancient Aztec and Mayan diets. Chia seeds may be the secret to weight loss and radiant skin. Chia seeds are densely packed with nutrients including protein, fiber, fat, calcium and manganese. These are all antioxidant ingredients that can help with weight loss and improve your immune and digestive system. Chia seeds are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent heart disease and strengthen your hair, nails and skin.

My favorite ways to incorporate chia seeds include adding it into my water, yogurt, or cereal. Another way I like to eat them is making overnight chia seed pudding! Chia seed pudding is super yummy when you top it with some fruit, granola, nuts, and a splash of honey.

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Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are tiny, brown seeds packed with healthy fats, protein and fiber that are nutritious for your heart, skin, and body. Similar to chia seeds, hemp seeds are filled with omega-3, which is a good source of healthy fatty acids. The outer shell of hemp seeds are a good source of fiber, which can help with improving your gut health, stabilize blood sugar, and regulate weight.

Hemp seeds can easily be incorporated into smoothies, salads, yogurts and added as a topping on any kind of dish.

Jujube

Jujube is a sweet, magical fruit that not only satisfies your sweet cravings, but also has enormous health benefits. It's a popular fruit from South Asia and can be easily bought in bulk in its dried form. The fruit and its seeds are packed with saponins, which have proven to be a natural sleep promoter. Its high concentration of fiber can also help with chronic constipation. Some other health benefits include soothing anxiety, regulating blood sugar, and improving bone strength.

Growing up, I would always have jujube served hot in teas before my menstrual cycle, which has been super helpful for reducing period cramps. According to traditional Chinese medicine, jujube helps with blood circulation and keeping the body warm. 

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