I recently had the pleasure of being part of an amazing health fair for the corporate employees of Macy’s. The theme for this event was “Beauty from the Inside Out”, which inspired me to write about nutrients that have an amazing effect on our appearance. In a society that’s searching for the fountain of youth, the secret to anti-aging starts with a healthy lifestyle and unless you’ve been blessed with amazing genetics, no pricey beauty cream can overcome the daily stresses our skin is exposed to. Arm yourself with the following nutrients to get glowing skin from within!

Protein: Protein is the building block for healthy skin, hair and nails. These proteins (keratin, collagen, and elastin) ward off wrinkles and provide strength and elasticity. Most Americans get more than enough protein, but if you are vegetarian, make sure you’re including plenty of nuts, seeds, and legumes in your diet.

Omega-3’s: They help maintain cell membranes, locking in moisture while keeping toxins out, giving skin and hair vitality and luster. Omega-3’s also reduce inflammation throughout the body, which can keep breakouts at bay. They can be found in: wild salmon, walnuts, flax seeds, sardines, anchovies.

Vitamin C: Responsible for collagen production, which keeps skin firm. It also protects skin from damage caused by free radicals. Can be found in: bell pepper, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, strawberries.

Beta Carotene: This antioxidant is converted to vitamin A in our body and is involved in the growth and repair of body tissues. Beta Carotene also helps our skin hold on to moisture. It is found in: sweet potatoes, red peppers, spinach, carrots, pumpkin, collards, kale.

Biotin: Part of the B complex family, Biotin helps to strengthen and grow hair and nails. Found in: Nuts, eggs (yolk), brown rice, legumes, bananas, cauliflower.

Selenium: Helps skin to neutralize toxins that cause long-term damage and helps skin to maintain its elasticity and firmness. Selenium is found in: Brazil nuts (only 1or 2 per day), fish and shellfish, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, eggs, onions, and garlic.

Other Antioxidants: Vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients that help repair cell damage caused by free radicals. They ar found In: Deeply colored fruits and vegetables, berries, dark leafy greens, beans, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate

Other Factors: It’s also important to drink plenty of water to keep skin looking hydrated and to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Be sure to limit your exposure to free radicals by avoiding cigarette smoke and too much sun exposure. Other skin stressors include processed foods, refined sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. If you struggle with reducing or eliminating these skin stressors from your diet, you may want to consider my LifeStyle Cleanse® to help kick the habit of these highly addictive foods.