The festive season may well have left your body feeling sluggish, bloated and breaking out in spots! Our skin is strongly linked to our liver and digestive organs, and therefore it is imperative we nourish them with the right foods to cleanse our bodies, and in turn clear our skin.
Olivia Jenkins, author of Clear Skin Project shares her top 5 foods to add to your summer detox.
Easily accessible, affordable and vital for skin health, carrots are filled with beta-carotene, a pre-cursor for vitamin A, which normalises skin functions and corrects many skin conditions. As well as being the perfect snack, juicing them with an apple and a sprig of mint can be a refreshing replacement for your morning latte!
Filled with antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals, blueberries are not only delicious, but are essential in healing any radical damage our skin has suffered. Eat them fresh for the best results during your detox.
Okay, so it's not technically a food, but it is a great complement to any diet—especially if you want to detox. Flaxseed oil is fantastic at decreasing the body's inflammation levels, and will help restore your body to its pre-festive season state. You can add it to anything including porridge, smoothies and salads, or even as an ingredient in raw desserts.
Filled with antioxidants, cacao increases blood circulation around the body for up to two hours after consumption. When blood circulates at an optimum level, all skin cells are being nourished and remain vital. As you can imagine, this will assist any detox.
Soy is an essential part of any detox due to the soy isoflavone known as aglycone. As well as aiding your summer detox, soybeans are known to improve fine lines and the firmness of the skin. Plus, soybeans are a tasty, simple snack for any time of the day.
Clear Skin Project is available as an eBook at www.clearskinproject.com.au.
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