The 'superfood' staples
you should keep in your kitchen:
- Ginger: what's not to love about its fragrance and zing that peps up everything from our hot-water drink to sushi and curries? It's not only brimming with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, it's a skin soother too.
- Raw, unsalted almonds give you calcium, vitamin E and good fats in a portable snack. Eat a handful a day.
- Chia seeds: These Chinese pudding staples are rich in protein, fibre, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. Best eaten after soaking overnight so they become gelatinous (which helps your digestion), some nutritionists say they are also best ground up so you get the most out of their nutrients (add them to our green juice below).
- Tomatoes: here, quality is everything. Go for ripe red tomatoes so that you get the maximum dose of anti-ageing antioxidant lycopene. Unlike most other fruit and veggies, cooking actually enhances lycopene absorption by your body, so get stuck in making those pasta sauces, tomato soup and spicy Mexican salsa.
- Turmeric: this delicious ancient Indian spice has flavoured our curries forever. More recently, it's been lauded for its powerful curcumin antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, boosting collagen synthesis and fighting wrinkles and fine lines. It's also known to have digestion-aiding benefits. Find all the delicious ways to eat it you could want here.
- Cinnamon: anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, lowers blood sugar and helps to stabilise insulin release... need we say more to convince you to sprinkle a teaspoon on your breakfast oats or smoothie?
- Yoghurt and/or kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut and miso: these fermented foods are full of probiotics, which help your digestive system, control bloat and, of course, are good for your skin. It's well accepted that poor gut health aggravates skin allergies (like eczema) and leads to skin inflammation which causes both acne and ageing.
Make yourself green juice in a Nutribullet Hi-speed Blender so you preserve all the nutrients. Use spinach, kale, cucumber, avocado and sweeten with stevia or sucralose (solal) and a tablespoon of soaked chia seeds and a nugget of ginger for some extra zing.
Sipping nutrient-rich drinks helps kickstart your day (and your skin). Here are 7 drinks for your specific skin type
from the Zoe Report.
Related: Why a Healthy Gut Is the Key to a Happy Skin, Body - and Life
We Should All Be Skipping...
You know what's coming... processed and junk foods that are full of unhealthy fats, sugar, preservatives and low in fibre.
Sugar promotes inflammation in the body and causes collagen fibres to become hard and brittle, ageing your skin well before its time. It's also been shown to be linked with acne breakouts.
Besides being serious unhealthy for you, the effects of these baddies can show up on your skin as oiliness, acne, dryness and dullness. If you must, make them a truly occasional treat, but make a promise to yourself that you'll skip them for at least eight weeks if you're going to do this skin nutrition plan seriously, so that you can really see the results of all your hard work.