Skin Care Nutrition
Welcome to the second installment of Summer Skin Care from Aim Fitness. If you began to implement some of the tips from last month, I’d love to hear from you so that I can share your results in future blog posts!
Now let’s look at the next steps to keeping your skin healthy and glowing all summer long. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’ right? Well it’s true, food has a very important role in the look and feel of your skin. The impact of the nutrients you put into your body could seriously influence not only how your body feels on the inside but how it looks on the outside. Lucky for you, I have done the research for you and I have created a list of 5 key nutrients we should all incorporate into our diet regularly. Don’t forget to check out the recipe at the bottom of the page to see just how easy it is!
Keep in mind, the goal remains the same as last month, achieving healthy beautiful skin!! You’ll notice though, that I also fully support implementing wine and dark chocolate into my diet. Who said you can’t have healthy skin and enjoy what you eat!? So, this month, try adding a few more of the following to your diet.
- Red wine - why it helps: polyphenols - this will help protect your skin from the sun. Read more
- Dark chocolate - why it helps: polyphenols and flavonoids - polyphenols and flavonoids help with sunburn inflammation. Read more
- Walnuts - why it helps: Omega-3 fatty acids - shown to help reduce skin cancer. Read more
- Tomatoes - why it helps: Lycopene - this will help lessen UV sensitivity. Read more
- Sweet potato - why it helps: Beta carotene - this will help guard the skin against harmful UV damage causing redness. Read more
Summer Salad Recipe
- 2 poached eggs
- Handful Arugula
- 1 Sweet potatoes
- Handful Walnuts
- Handful Sundried tomatoes
- 3 tbsp Vega omega 3 oil or olive oil
- 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 clove Garlic
- A little oil from sun dried tomatoes
Directions: Cube sweet potato and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt, pepper, and chlli flakes, roast at 350 degrees for 20ish minutes. Boil water for eggs, once boiling gently crack eggs into pan, poach for 2-4 minutes, remove eggs with a slotted spoon. I also poach in the microwave if it’s just me. Fill mug ⅓ of the way with water, crack egg into mug, microwave for 45-60sec. Easy! Place arugula, walnuts and chopped sundried tomatoes on plate add sweet potatoes, drizzle dressing over salad and top with eggs.
Here is a little information about wine that may help you choose your next bottle. After working in a private wine store for just over 5 years I may have developed a habit. I enjoy trying new wines but I tend to stick with old world wines. FACT: American wines can have up to 76 chemical additives, and 38 are G.R.A.S (generally regarded as safe) This doesn’t sit well with me, the fact that there hasn’t been enough research done on some of these additives does not make me want to be consuming them, even in wine. European wine can have up to 56 chemical additives, no G.R.A.S and old world wines have very traditional, strict wine producing processes and regulations.
It is also important to note that sugar content in wine varies a great deal. Most of the time the sugar in wine is produced during the fermentation process, however some new world wineries cater to pleasing our sweet tooth by adding more sugar.
- Yellow tail 12g/L
- Apothic Red 18g/L
Dry wines tend to have lower sugars. I love a great cabernet sauvignon from Bordeaux or a Ripasso from Italy
Not all chocolate is created equal and the chocolate that most of us grew up on is the sugary milk chocolate that I unfortunately cannot suggest here. Dark Chocolate has been increasingly been researched for its health benefits. It may take some time before you develop a taste for 90% dark chocolate but I promise it will be worth it, especially with a nice bottle of wine. The lindt 90% is my go to.
Cheers to the summer!!