There are a lot of traditional approaches to healthy skin care available
that start from the inside out such as green tea, tomatoes, eggs, nuts
and beans. But here are five foods that are more on the unusual side,
known to not only boost and brighten but also tighten your skin.
Also known as collagen hydrosolate, animal gelatin is extracted from the
marrow and bones of animal based foods. It has a unique amino acid structure,
that makes It easy to digest, and boasts a natural ability to boost the
growth of cells and connective tissues responsible for keeping our skin
supple and wrinkle free. Collagen hydrosolate can be found in powder form,
in many health stores or pharmacies, but the best way to ensure you include
this beauty boosting ingredient in your diet is by drinking a glass of
beef bone broth every day. Like any other broth, beef bone broth is easy
to make, just boil the bones instead of the meat, add a teaspoon of sea
salt, and you are good to go.
Also known as clarified butter, ghee is a common ingredient in the preparation
of Indian foods. Although it is primarily fat in its purest form, it is
considered a healthier alternative to vegetable oils. Ghee’s unique
molecular structure makes it not only easier on digestion but also, unlike
traditional butter or oils, does not burn. Burnt butter and oils are known
to release carcinogenic chemicals that have been linked to various forms
of cancer. This healthier butter alternative also works topically. In
Ayurvedic medicine, one of the worlds oldest holistic healing systems
developed in India, it is used to treat burns and scars, and if used daily,
acts as a natural face moisturizer. Ghee is pure fat, though, and although
considered a ‘good’ fat, before adding this to your diet talk
to your doctor about quantities.
Another alternative to regular cooking oil, coconut oils is a common ingredient
in many lotions but when eaten, is known for its ability to help not only
maintain healthy levels of bacteria in the gut but also, ease the symptoms
of eczema, boost metabolism, and improve cholesterol ratios and heart
health. Unlike many other foods, when cooked, coconut oil does not lose
any of its nutrients, so regardless of how you cook with it, you always
reap the full nutritional benefits. Another pure fat, coconut oil is considered
a healthy triglyceride that is not stored in the body as fat, but instead
is used up as energy.
With an intense flavor, similar to dark chocolate only without the sugar,
natural cocoa is not only a known aphrodisiac but also belongs to the
same group of antioxidants that include green tea and red wine. The two
primary antioxidants in cocoa work together to protect our skin from the
premature cell destruction that leads to signs of aging. By adding just
a tablespoon of powdered cocoa (with no added sugar) into a smoothie,
or tossing a tablespoon of cocoa nibs, which are chopped up cocoa beans,
onto your morning yogurt or breakfast cereal, you can start reaping the
incredible benefits that this dark little jewel has to offer.
Although ‘Coffeebullet’ refers to a particular brand of coffee,
it has also become widely known as an alternative latte recipe. It essentially
swaps out the milk for a teaspoon of coconut oil, and a tablespoon of
grass fed ghee. It sounds a bit weird, but once you try it, you’ll
be hooked. Just add your morning brew to a blender, drop in the above
ingredients and blend. The ghee brings out the intensity in the coffee
and adds a great creamy texture while the oil gives it a hint of nuttiness.
You can also save the used coffee grounds and use them as a face scrub
later. The caffeine acts as a tightening agent, rejuvenating and brightening
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.