Foods to feed healthy skin
New Zealand’s favourite wellbeing expert, Dr Libby answers readers’ questions about their health and wellbeing.
Question: I suffer from dry and dull skin. Are there any foods that will help the appearance of my skin? Thanks, Katie.
Hi Katie, skin, hair and nail health are influenced by a number of factors including our genetic makeup, our environment (humidity or dryness, etc), and from a holistic perspective our nutrition, beliefs and biochemistry.
Stress can have a huge impact on our physical appearance as it diverts the focus away from supplying non-essential processes such as nourishing our hair, skin and nails with the nutrients they need. When it comes to real food, for me they are all super foods. Here are just some of the many real foods that support healthy skin, hair and nails.
1. Almonds. A good source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium and calcium, all of which are essential to skin oxygenation and function.
2. Avocados. A good source of biotin and mono-unsaturated fats, avocados help to prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails; when applied topically, they help to hydrate dry skin.
3. Blueberries. One of the richest sources of antioxidants, these beautiful and delicious berries help to counteract premature ageing.
4. Brazil nuts. These are a good source of the antioxidant selenium, which helps increase the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in the body, as well as protect against cellular damage, thereby helping to protect the skin from damage. A truly amazing nut!
5. Kiwifruit. Kiwifruit is a rich source of antioxidants including vitamin C, which help keep skin firm and slow down the formation of wrinkles, and are also great for healthy teeth and bones. The antioxidants in kiwifruit have also been shown to help protect against cancer and heart disease.
Question: I have just been diagnosed with coeliac disease; I typically eat a lot of products containing wheat. Any suggestions for howtomake this transition without having to buy lots of gluten-free products. Thanks, Raewyn
Hi Raewyn, at first I’msure it can seem like a daunting task – but fortunately many wholefoods are naturally gluten free.
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