Summertime is just around the corner and everyone (yes men and women) wants to have that perfect glowing skin! Our skin is our body’s largest and most visible organ and often provides us with direct clues to how well our insides are functioning. For example, it can easily show dehydration, lack of sleep, excess sugar consumption, a sluggish liver and exposure to environmental toxins.
So other then drinking gallons of water what can we do to support our skin from the inside out? ANTIOXIDANTS! Yes, yes we have all heard this buzzword around… but trust me it is worth all the fuss.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are kind of like superheroes that protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.
Free radicals can enter our body from air pollution, pesticides, smoking, alcohol, over exercising, deep fried foods and stress to name a few. While the body does naturally produce free radicals as a byproduct of cellular reactions, metabolism of foods and breathing, our problem here is an excess of free radicals in our body.
Why should you care?
Free radicals are what age our skin and our body! So if you are trying to keep your youthful glow I would suggest cutting back on the above external pollutants and start looking to the beauty of food.
Want one simple way to start improving your skin today? Try this delicious smoothie recipe PACKED with superfoods high in antioxidants.
Glowing Skin Smoothie:
- Half a frozen banana (or avocado if avoiding tropical fruit)
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen cherries (pitted)
- ¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 teaspoon acai berry powder
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 cup carrot juice
Blend and enjoy!