7288419104_66ae6bde78_kWe put our skin through a lot of stress through out each day, from makeup, to sweat, to dust. We know the conventional ways of clearing up our skin like drinking more water and getting more sleep. But did you know that there is a plethora of food items that drastically improve the look and feel of skin. Here is a list of the most unknown foods that give you clearer skin.

Beets

Now, I hate beets, they stain your fingers and the juice gets everywhere! But this superfood is rich in vitamin A, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E, which is essential for epidermal health and healing. Combined, these nutrients make a powerful all-round body cleanser and eliminate toxins from the body and lower cholesterol too, making the stains well worth it.

Peppermint

Peppermint is my favorite thing to add to green tea. Peppermint does wonder for the digestion but it also relieves stress – a common acne inducer– and clears sinuses and it’s seriously good for the skin.

Nettles

You know nettles, the stingy leaves found in your garden during the summer, well in tea form, they do wonders for the skin. They have anti-inflammatory properties and detoxifying agents, giving you a healthy appearance on the outside and the inside.

Oat Milk

According to Livestrong.com a glass of oat milk contains 36 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium. Oat milk also contains 10 percent of the RDA for vitamin A, which is twice as much as cow’s milk. If you suffer from anemia and are looking for vegan options for iron intake, one serving of oat milk contains 10 percent of the RDA. It is also a great alternative for vefans and vegetarians.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potatoes are packed with beta-carotene, a strong antioxidant that helps fight aging. If you don’t like them mashed, try roasting these these sweet spuds with onions and herbs for an easy side to any dish.

Mackerel

As stated before, Omega 3 fatty acids are great for glowing skin, and nothing contains this mineral more than fish like mackerel. Each fillet is loaded with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both of which combat acne inflammation, as does salmon and oysters.

Pumpkin Seeds

The healthy Omega 3 fatty acids in seeds are wonderful for fighting acne and wrinkles, and these seeds are also rich in protein. Pumpkin seeds are both rich in Vitamin E, selenium, protein and magnesium. Vitamin E enhances moisture in the skin, selenium keeps wrinkles away, protein helps build collagen to keep wrinkles away and magnesium, which relaxes your blood vessels, can lower your stress levels. Other seeds with some of the same properties to try are hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds.

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is packed with protein, calcium and selenium consider introducing cottage cheese into your diet. Try adding a few spoons to a jacket sweet potato and serving with broccoli and spinach for a seriously skin-nourishing meal. Eggs (especially the yolks) are also packed with selenium.

Tofu

Vegan’s and vegetarians already know the great benefits of tofu. Not only does this soft substance have high levels of protein, it is also chock full of iron, copper and manganese. It is so versatile, its hard to find a reason not  to add this superfood to your diet.

Alfalfa

I’m not talking about the lovable character from the 1994 movie Little Rascals, I’m talking about alfalfa sprouts. The stringy sprouts are packed with valuable, skin-clearing nutrients such as calcium, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium and zinc among others, as well as supplying a full range of vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K. These inexpensive sprouts are an easy substitute for your multi-vitamin pill. Just sprinkle a few on a salad and you’re good to go!

bell peppers after cut tops and seeds removed

bell peppers after cut tops and seeds removed

Peppers

Peppers are rich in carotenoids that help prevent wrinkles. One red bell pepper contains over 100% of the amounts of Vitamin C you need per day, in addition to being an excellent low sugar fruit. Peppers also increase blood flow to the skin, helping it appear more youthful. Peppers are also great to combat acne due to their carotenoids, which are antioxidants that help promote clear skin.

Roobios Tea

Rooibos tea, which is also known as red tea, is a sweet herbal tea originating in Southern Africa. It t is caffeine free, naturally very sweet yet contains no sugar, and is a top source of antioxidants. It is great for clearing acne, relieving stress and curing your sweet tooth.

Papaya

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Papaya is a excellent for digestion, and low in fructose. The bright orange hue of papayas, and all orange foods, is due to high levels of Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.  Papaya is also rich in Vitamin C, which help protect skin cells against sun damage by promoting the repair of DNA that’s been harmed by UV rays that break down skin cells, which can lead to wrinkles.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and protects skin from sun damage, and contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. Before you make a mad dash to Godiva or Ghirardelli, however, keep in mind that the best kind of chocolate has a high flavanol content and dark chocolate is rich in flavanols, fatty acids and antioxidants that promote glowing skin. Cocoa also relaxes the arteries, increasing blood flow that leads to healthy looking skin.

Kiwi

This tangy green fruit loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, which keep skin firm, help prevent wrinkles, and are great for healthy bones and teeth. The antioxidants in kiwis also protect you from cancer and heart disease.

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