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Fit Friday: Get the Glow from Within

At Rosie Toes we believe that beauty starts from within.  We nourish our spirit and soul through kindness, gentleness, patience and love.  Everyday through our behaviors, actions and attitudes we are able to share and radiate beauty.  We also apply this same concept when it comes to nourishing our bodies.  It's important to feed our bodies the right nutrients to nourish us from the inside out.  

In the winter, our skin becomes increasingly dry and itchy.  This is an essential time to make sure that we are providing our bodies with the nutrients and hydration it needs to fight the dry conditions.  In leu of this, we are sharing our personal tips on how to incorporate foods into your meals that will nourish your skin from the inside out!  Our philosophy is since we have to eat why not feed our body nutrients that will keep our skin feeling and looking radiant!  Spring is quickly approaching and now is a great time to get your skin in prime condition for the Summer months.  

1.  Fill your Cup:  During the winter months it is important to hydrate your body with extra water.  In the winter, your skin looses a ton of moisture between having the heat on at home and in the car.  The combination of the frigid outdoor air and the dry heat inside leaves our skin dry and chapped.  A great tip to ensure you're getting enough hydration is by incorporating soups, smoothies and caffeine-free teas into your meals.  Drinking plenty of water will help your body remove waste and toxins that can lead to dull dry skin.  We like to add frozen berries to our water glasses for a fruity-twist or a couple cucumber slices for a spa-like treat. 

2.  Go Nuts:  Nuts and seeds contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B and E, monounsaturated fats and minerals, and a list of antioxidants.  Each of these help to hydrate your skin, promote elasticity, regenerate cells, help reduce inflammation, and protect against pollutants and free radicals.  They are also a great source of protein that provides your body with the energy it needs.  Another great source of omega-3 is fish, however, at rosie toes we are vegetarians.    

3.  Eat your Veggies:  Leafy greens contain an impressive amount of iron, omega-4 fatty acids, and vitamins A, B, and E which all help protect your skin and improve your immune system. They are also filled with phytochemicals and folate that help to hydrate skin and keep it smooth. Orange and yellow veggies in particular contain beta-carotene and is notoriously great for skin.  zit is an antioxidant, which helps fight dry skin and protect the skin from harmful sun rays and environmental damage.  We love a bowl of steamed veggies or a salad drizzled with healthy olive oil and paired with an avocado.  Note:  Extra Virgin Olive Oil is full of vitamin E and good fats, and will moisturize skin both from the inside (eaten) and out (topical application). 

4.  Happy Tummy:  More and more research is revealing that our gut health has an important factor in our overall health, and it shows on our skin.  Probiotics help to calm gut inflammation and have  calming effects on skin redness and irritation.  Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that send signals and stop your cells from reacting to bad bacteria.  You can purchase probiotics over the counter or you can make this superfood with an assortment of fermented veggies.   We like to add Sauerkraut to our salad for a crunchy and appetizing dish.  

5.  Be Fruitful:  Fruits are filled with high levels of vitamins A and C, powerful antioxidants that replenishes nutrients in skin, promote collagen production, and help keep your skin supple and firm.  Eating water-dense tropical fruit, like cantaloupe, mangoes, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, and grapefruits is a great way to hydrate and protect your skin.  Each of them contain skin-boosters, and make for a delicious snack.  Did you know Avocados are also a fruit?  They are a great source of vitamins C, E, and monounsaturated fats, which help your skin lock in moisture.  Like nuts and seeds, they also provide a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.  Our favorite avocado recipe is our Creamy Avocado Pasta, we will be sharing the recipes soon!

Have you noticed a connection between your skin and what you eat? 

Hugs and Kisses,

Tiffany

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