Eating healthy food all the time can get difficult, so I try to think of food’s nutrients and their benefits on the body and skin. This usually motivates me to make better food choices. When I think of those nutrients and the boost they give my immune system (even my skin, hair and nails) i get more excited about incorporating them into my daily life. I’m a major fan of juicing and love superfood powders because the simplify my life. I love having my veggies on the go.
With summer around the corner I’m reminded of one ingredient i want to eat more of, to boost my summer glow. Adding this ingredient to salads and smoothies will ramp up my summer skin goals. That ingredient is kale. Not many salads come with this super food ingredient, i’m a fan of BeGood Chicken Salads and I always have to request kale to be added to my salads. Maybe is a taste thing but usually this ingredient is not as popular in major salads.
Superfood Kale = Glow
Eating kale is great for your skin. Kale is packed with vitamins and minerals to help you achieve that glow. Kale contains Lutein, a carotenoid, and also promotes collagen production. Kale speeds up the blood flow to give you that glowy skin for summer. Also kale is loaded with Vitamins A, C and K, lutein, iron, and antioxidants which help tighten the skin and reduce swelling.
According to MedicalNewsToday:
Healthy skin and hair
Kale is high in beta-carotene, the carotenoid that is converted by the body into vitamin A as needed.
A cup of cooked kale provides 885 mcg of retinol A equivalent, or 17,707 International Units (IU) of vitamin A.
This nutrient enables all bodily tissues to grow, including skin and hair. It is also essential for the production of sebum, the oil that helps keep skin and hair moisturized. Immune function, eyesight, and reproductive function also rely on vitamin A.
A cup of cooked kale also provides 53.3 mg of vitamin C, which is needed to build and maintain collagen, the key protein that provides structure for skin, hair and bones.
Vitamin C and iron are also present in kale. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. One cup of cooked kale contains 1.17 mg of iron. An adequate intake of iron can help prevent anemia.