The saying, “You are what you eat” is so true. If you eat fried foods and a mostly brown diet, you’ll start to look like the fried carbs you ingest, uneven skin texture, plump shape and all. Yes, that is a great treat, but you can’t eat like that every day and expect your body to perform at peak levels. If only veggies all tasted like pizza!
Luckily, the food we put in our bodies can help turn around other damage we do to it. By eating fresh, in-season produce, you can give your body a boost of good-for-it nutrients. You can literally eat your way to better skin.
Plus, when you eat fresh produce that’s available in your area, you’re doing good for the community, too. You can find most of these items at a local farmer’s market, so you’re supporting a local organization.
In addition, your food hasn’t been trucked in from other areas, which reduces your carbon footprint. It also ensures you’re getting the freshest food. The second something has been picked, it begins to age (and therefore, lose the nutrients).
The best thing to do is to “eat the rainbow.” Fill your plate with color! You’ll be getting the best range of recommended daily nutrients you need. It’s so easy to eat colorfully in the summertime. So many yummy things are in season. I love ice cream, but watermelon is just as sweet and it’s super-hydrating, too!
Here’s a great guide to food available in season in Pennsylvania (or any area)!
In-season Foods High in Water Grown in PA
The key to plump, glowing skin is hydration. We’ve heard some variation of needing 8-10 glasses of water or half your weight in ounces of water per day. In the summer when you’re working up a sweat, you need even more. The great news is: you can eat your water!
There are tons of foods that are high in water content and that are in season in Pennsylvania right now. Melons and cucumbers come to the top of the list!
Watermelon contains 92 percent water, 8 percent natural sugar, and essential electrolytes. Watermelon is also high in vitamin C, beta carotene, and lycopene. Believe it or not, this will give your body protection from UV light. It’s no substitute for sunscreen, but arming your body in any way from UV light and free radicals is awesome!
Cucumbers have a 96 percent water content. Like watermelon, they contain a good balance of electrolytes. In addition, the mineral silica is found in cucumber. Silica is essential for healthy, lubricated connective tissue. The better the connective tissue in your skin, the younger you’ll look.
While avocado isn’t available in our area, it is great for your skin, so I had to add it. And, it has a ton of water in it! It’s comprised of not only healthy monounsaturated fats, but also 81 percent water by weight. More reason why avocado toast is more than a trend. It’s so good for you.
Other Great-For-Your-Skin Foods Available in PA Right Now
Bell peppers are so yummy and have great benefits for your skin. Yellow and red bell peppers have tons of beta-carotene and vitamin C, both of which are important antioxidants for the skin. The more antioxidants your body has in it, the better it can attack and eliminate free-radicals, the things that age you by breaking down important tissues in your body. Vitamin C is also necessary to create collagen, the structural protein that keeps skin strong.
Broccoli is a good source of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids that are important for healthy skin. Eating foods high in carotenoids protect the skin from oxidative damage (this can cause skin to become dry and wrinkled, no good). Broccoli florets also contain sulforaphane. Scientists are learning more about sulforaphane, which may have anti-cancer effects and can protect you against some types of skin cancer. Like eating watermelon, you’ll also be protected against sun damage by eating sulforaphane-rich foods.
Tomatoes are another good source of vitamin C and all the major carotenoids, especially lycopene. Like watermelon, broccoli, and just about everything else on this list, carotenoids protect the skin from sun damage and may help prevent wrinkling. It’s important to note: carotenoids are only absorbed in the presence of fat, so pair tomatoes with something like cheese or olive oil.
Blueberries are teeny tiny powerhouses of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. They have more antioxidants than green tea and contain plenty of vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins make blueberries a go-to food to help brighten dull skin and fight the causes of wrinkles. Blueberries can also fight acne by controlling hormones and help with circulation.
When you eat the rainbow, you’re giving your body so many amazing vitamins, minerals, and compounds that help your body do great things. You can eat your way to healthy skin by ingesting foods that fight free-radicals, keep you hydrated, brighten your skin, and protect your skin from sun damage. You’ll be glowing and beautiful without doing anything else but eating. Sounds great in my book!