Nourishing Foods for Better Skin During Pregnancy
Consuming the right things can help improve the texture, elasticity, and condition of your body’s largest organ.
If you are what you eat, then certainly, your baby is, too. When pregnant, vital vitamins and nutrients are passed on to your little one through the foods and beverages you consume. By mindfully choosing the highest quality ingredients to eat, you’re taking good care of your body and your baby’s body.
Some of the best foods for nourishing your skin include:
● Avocado. Put it on your toast, blend it into your green smoothies or enjoy ‘ice cream’ made with it instead of milk. You’ve got many ways to enjoy avocadoes apart from guacamole. Full of healthy fats, it delivers skin-nourishing properties.
● Nuts. Grab a handful to munch on or blend them into a smooth butter to dip apples and veggies into. Walnuts are particularly great for skin. If you have the opportunity to soak your nuts prior to eating them, do. It helps break down phytonutrients, making it easier for you to absorb all the good stuff they contain.
● Seeds. Pumpkin, hemp, chia, and flax seeds deliver a powerful punch. They’re typically full of protein, taste great on top of salads and smoothie bowls, and keep your glow going throughout your pregnancy. You can even carry a small shaker bottle of your favorite seeds to add to food while eating out.
● Sweet Potatoes. Swap your plain spuds for an upgraded root vegetable. Sweet potatoes taste great, can be mashed, baked, and even made into ‘toast’. Make it a point to eat them often because they’re rich in nutrients that make your skin look its best. When in doubt, scrub the skin and throw them in the oven to bake. You can prepare many sweet potatoes this way.
● Broccoli. Full of zinc and vitamin A, it’s a vegetable with versatility. You can use broccoli as the main ingredient in a dish or turn it into a side dish with flavor. Either way, make sure to eat all of the vegetables because it’s full of vitamins and minerals that help you fight against skin cancer. If that isn’t a reason to eat the veggie, nothing is!
● Tomatoes. Beta-carotene makes up this wonderful food. Not only is it low in calories, but it can also be eaten raw or cooked. It can be sliced or pureed to make a robust sauce. If you have access to fresh tomatoes year-round, you’ll have happy skin and a healthy baby to boot.
As you can see, you have a wealth of options waiting for you at the supermarket, health food store or farmer’s market. Be mindful of what you’re putting in your body as well as the products that you’re putting on to your body while pregnant. That way, you’re not accidentally harming your child in the process.
Moisturize and protect your skin from within. The right foods promote clarity, reduce inflammation, and fight against free radical damage. A healthy diet along with a regular skincare routine will have you looking radiant in no time. In fact, it won’t only benefit you, it also helps your baby’s skin.