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THE Foods for THE Healthiest Skin

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Eating a diet packed with nourishing foods has endless benefits, increased mood and energy, decreased risk of chronic disease, and weight management to name a few. Lucky for us, the benefits don’t stop there. The foods we eat can have a huge impact on helping us feel great from the inside out.

Make these 10 foods go-tos on your weekly shopping list for a daily dose of skin protecting goodness. After all, our skin is our largest organ so show it the love it deserves!

Green Tea

Green tea is a great source of flavonoids, a type of phytochemical that gives plants their bright color. These flavonoids, called catechins, appear to help block UV penetration, promoting DNA repair and helping to reduce inflammation. For an even more potent source of these beneficial compounds, try Matcha. Matcha is a form of green tea where the leaves are actually consumed vs. being steeped and then discarded before drinking. Try a matcha porridge made with Chi Coconut Milk!

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Citrus

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruit are high in the well known antioxidant, vitamin C. Vitamin C plays a role in collagen production and protects the skin from the aging process.

Broccoli

This comes as a surprise to many, but broccoli is actually one of the best sources of vitamin C. It is also in the cruciferous vegetable family, well known for their anti-oxidant, cell protecting properties. Don’t forget to try Giving Tree Broccoli Crisps as a fantastic, nutrient packed snack. Or even on top of guacamoles, for crudities, salad and soup toppings too!

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Brazil Nuts

These nuts are packed with selenium, a potent antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radical damage caused by sun exposure. Selenium also helps maintain skin elasticity to prevent premature aging. When it comes to Brazil nuts, more isn’t always better. Although they are nutrition power houses when taken in small doses, keep it to 1-2 nuts per day to ensure you’re under the tolerable upper limit of 400 micrograms per day. Over indulging can lead to selenium build up in the tissues, which can become toxic.

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Chickpeas, Beans and Lentils

Legumes are a good source of zinc. Zinc plays a role in preventing and repairing cell damage as well as building new cells. Zinc is often found in sunscreen and acne treatments.

Avocados

Avos are a great source of healthy fats and vitamin E. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, so consuming it in the form of avocados will actually help you absorb more and reap the benefits. Consuming this delicious fruit provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects to keep skin healthy and glowing.

Salmon

Salmon is best known for its high Omega-3 content. These fatty acids, appear to help protect against UV radiation and sunburn and may also help reduce wrinkling in sun exposed skin. Don’t forget to lather up though, food does not replace the need for the gold standard, sunscreen!

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, another powerful anti-oxidant to help keep skin glowing. Bonus: it’s also high in vitamin C to further support its title as a skin protecting food.

Water 

OK, this isn’t exactly a food but staying hydrated is key for healthy, smooth, supple skin. Add a squeeze of lemon or orange for extra flavour and a vitamin C boost. Coconut water also makes an excellent hydrator, packed full of electrolytes too! Try CHI Raw Organic Coconut water..delicious and refreshing!

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