Loving your body and providing it with the right nutrients is an incredible way of showing true self-love. In fact, I believe it makes a strong statement in your life. When you’re willing to go the extra mile to give your body the right foods you radiate positive energy. It has a ripple effect in your life. You’ll start to have a clearer mind, you’ll care about yourself more, and that leads to caring about the people around you more.

It’s so important to start with you.

You are the sisters, the mothers, the daughters that pave the way by simply loving yourself.

Summer is here and you deserve to glow from the inside and outside. You may have joined a new spin class, or cut down on the evening wine, but ultimately looking good on the outside also depends on what you choose to put inside. By incorporating the next five foods into your diet this summer, you will notice you not only promote self love but your body will be glowing and energized.

These are my Top 5 Foods That Help Your Skin Glow:

1. Kimchi

Kimchi?? What is that? I know right, I thought the same thing but bear with me. Essentially, kimchi is a fermented vegetable that has a unique nutritional profile due to the extensive fermentation process.

Kimchi has an abundance of gut-friendly bacteria, probiotics and antioxidants that repopulate your gastrointestinal tract with good bacteria to prevent digestive disorders, eliminate the harmful bacteria that causes inflammation and indigestion and detoxify the body. Since I’ve started eating Kimchi my skin outbreaks have almost gone away.

Studies show that probiotic foods like kimchi aid in weight loss by reducing food cravings and regulating your appetite, plus it is high in fibre to make you feel satiated for longer.

2. Kale

Could you really have a list of top foods to eat without including kale? Probably not. Kale got its superfood certificate when people started to discover the vast benefits of the leafy green vegetable. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods ever discovered!

Per a 100 gram portion of kale, you are getting yourself a whopping 200% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) for Vitamin C, 300% of the RDI for Vitamin A and 1000% of the RDI for Vitamin K1. Not to mention the large amounts of Vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, fibre and manganese. A simple way of adding it to your diet this summer is by throwing some kale into your morning smoothie. I personally love making kale chips. I’ve linked my favorite recipe in case your interested. Click here for recipe.

Kale is loaded with bioactive compounds, antioxidants and micronutrients that have disease fighting properties. Conclusion: if you want to get your skin glowing this summer, start with kale.

3. Salmon

Salmon is the best source of omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for the everyday functioning of your body and your brain, yet still it is surprisingly common to be deficient in this. This is because omega-3 fats are considered ‘essential’ fats, meaning your body can’t create them so you must get them from your diet.

Per a 100 gram portion of salmon, you are getting nearly 3 grams of omega-3s alongside high quality complete protein, magnesium, potassium, selenium and all the B-vitamins. These fats and combination of nutrients help to decrease inflammation, lower blood pressure and improve cell functioning.

4. Garlic

Garlic is a wonder food. Not only does it add a great taste to your cooking, it has extensive health benefits.
It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, helping to lower inflammation in the body and fight against disease. Garlic purifies the blood, which promotes healthy skin by flushing out toxins.

5. Lemon Water

I’m sure you’ve heard of the craze of lemon water. It’s the real deal! Just one lemon has more than 100% of the RDI of Vitamin C which increases good cholesterol levels and strengthens bones. Lemons aids digestion, particularly when juiced in water first thing in the morning when the stomach pH level is at its highest. Lemons have also been shown to work as an appetite suppressant to aid in weight loss.

What food do you eat that make your skin glow? Comment down below and let the empowerment begin.