The fact is, by not eating enough alkaline-forming foods, we force our bodies to pull these minerals from our bones, teeth and organs, thereby compromising our immune system. So forget about overpriced beauty products and over-the-counter creams – with these five alkaline-forming foods you’ll soon be back to your best self in no time.
Dark, leafy greens
Dark, leafy greens are alkaline powerhouses and kale and spinach in particular provide a healthy dose of lutein: a potent antioxidant that’s important for healthy skin cell development and skin tone. Other perks include high levels of iron, omega-4 fatty acids, and vitamins A, B, and E, which all work to protect skin and better improve our immune systems.
Most vegetables are alkaline, with avocados being one of the best choices thanks to their high levels of vitamins C, E and, monounsaturated fats, which not only help our skin to lock in moisture but protect against free radical damage. Avocadoes are also heralded for their anti-ageing properties; the antioxidant carotenoids protect skin from wrinkles while vitamin C is involved in the creation of elastin and collagen, maintaining our skin’s elasticity and firmness.
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Nuts and seeds
Omega-3 and omega-6 are vital for healthy and hydrated skin, but our bodies cannot make these essential fatty acids on their own. Choose plant-based sources such as flaxseed oil, coconut oil, linseeds, walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds – the fats strengthen skin cells, reduce inflammation and facial redness, while the abundance of vitamins A, B and E can further protect against dry skin patches and promote its elasticity.
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Garlic is often used for medicinal purposes and being highly alkaline, it can also be used to regulate body pH and form the basis of a nutrient-rich diet. High levels of sulphur and allicin have a particularly positive effect on the skin; sulphur enhances blood flow, reduces inflammation and tones the skin, while allicin – garlic’s most potent compound – can be used to rid the skin of acne or infections such as Athlete’s Foot when crushed or finely chopped.
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Finally, eating refined grains (such as white flour) causes spikes in our blood sugar, accelerating wrinkles and other signs of ageing. By switching to whole-grain carbohydrates such as quinoa, spelt, buckwheat, and lentils – you will not only be able to control levels of blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, but minimise skin breakouts and– thanks to the Vitamin E and zinc in whole grains – replenish your skin and protect it from sun damage.