About the Recipe
Who doesn’t want gorgeous glowing skin that is as soft as a newborn’s? While topical creams and oils may help, you can seriously give your skin a boost from the inside out by choosing the right foods!
This easy smoothie recipe full of awesome skin-friendly nutrients can help jump-start the process of building luxurious skin, hair, and nails from within. Check out our ten top skin-loving nutrients below.
To begin, we need to ensure we are staying hydrated. Without hydration, the cells of our bodies get more and more ridged and we become susceptible to damage from our external environment – as well as degeneration from a poor internal environment. When we lose the flexibility of our skin cells, we can not only develop wrinkles but the texture of our skin can change as well. We may have had normal skin, and then suddenly we have oily or dry skin. The same thing can happen with the strength of our hair and nails if we are not well hydrated they become weak and brittle.
An easy way to stay hydrated is to drink water. You can always up the ante and use coconut water which has the added benefit of electrolytes as well as lauric acid which is anti-microbial, and can aid in the skin’s ability to fight off infection.
Next, we need to make sure we are getting enough healthy fats! Avocados provide us with a source of omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid called oleic acid. Oleic acid assists in maintaining moisture, reducing skin sensitivity or irritation, and redness. Our bodies use fat as a way to create a boundary between what is inside the cell and what is outside of the cell; this is important because if we are not eating the right kinds of fat, our cells are not getting the right kind of protection.
Another healthy fat is omega-3, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. We are using chia seeds in this recipe because they have more omega-3 than flax seeds, in fact their name actually translates to “oily”.
Chia seeds and avocado are also a good source of fiber which is another ingredient to be mindful of. Fiber can help stabilize blood sugar and lessen the stress on the body. The less stress our bodies have; the less likely we are to have underlying inflammation.
Cucumbers are a natural source of silica which is a building block for the production of collagen, and in addition, cucumbers contain flavonoids that can enhance the potency of vitamin C’s activity in the body!
Kiwis are our main source of vitamin C in this recipe. Other than having strong antioxidant properties, vitamin C is necessary for the creation of elastin which binds our cells together and maintains their structure. Vitamin C is water-soluble, meaning it doesn’t tend to stay in our body for long periods of time and is flushed out with other waste products easily.
Kiwis are also a source of vitamin E which is fat soluble antioxidant; this makes kiwis an antioxidant powerhouse protecting our cells from both inside and out!
Tangerines are another good source of vitamin C, but they also have vitamin A. Vitamin A has a vast number of things it can do, such as: increase the rate of wound healing by regulating blood flow, improve hydration both in and around the cell, and repair cellular structures enabling UV protection. Vitamin A can also increase the deposition of collagen reducing the likelihood of age spots. As we age we lose collagen, this becomes evident when the texture of our hair changes and becomes more brittle, or our skin is not as firm as it once was.
Supplementing with collagen can help fight, repair and prevent wrinkles as well as build up our body’s collagen stores. And, collagen isn’t just used for hair skin and nails. It is also useful it for muscles, tendons, bones and blood vessel structure and repair.
The process of building collagen is regulated by the liver, and this is why we have liver friendly kale included in this smoothie. Kale is in the cabbage family and as such has high sulfur compounds that help the liver neutralize potentially toxic substances.
Kale, as an added bonus, has phytonutrient antioxidants lutein, zeaxanthin, and carotenoids that help to protect against environmental damage, UV rays, and improve skin density, thickness, and tone.
So! Now that you know what these hydrating, regulating, and protective ingredients do to help your skin, why not give this smoothie a whirl?