Micronutrients for Wonder Woman Skin
Today I am gonna tell you some natural secrets to keep your skin looking and feeling like you are Wonder Woman from the inside out. In a separate blog, I talked to you guys about cleaning up your nutrition for gorgeous skin. Today, I am going to expand on that a bit by diving into some micronutrients that help keep your skin looking, feeling, and functioning at its best. I’ll also share what kinds of foods you can find these nutrient gems in.
Most of us have heard of macronutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) whereas micronutrients have flown under the radar. So, what is a micronutrient? Really, it’s just a fancy way of saying vitamins and minerals. Let’s focus on the vitamins side of things. There are water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins. Water-soluble means these micronutrients dissolve in water and will be flushed out of your body when taken in excess. That’s why your pee looks like you ate a highlighter when you take a multi-vitamin (there is another reason, but I’m not going to go into the chemistry of that today). Fat-soluble means that these micronutrients dissolve in fat. These vitamins you want to watch out for because you don’t just pee them out when you eat too much, they stay with you and can be toxic when taken in very large amounts.
Anyway, now that that little disclaimer is out of the way. Which vitamins are great for your skin, why, and where can you find them? Let’s split this up and get a little more organized:
- Vitamin B3: also known as niacin or niacinamide, can significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improves elasticity and is often used as a skin brightener. It can be found in all kinds of foods like meat, salmon, leafy greens, and beans.2
- Vitamin B5: also known as pantothenic acid and panthenol, this vitamin helps keep your skin hydrated and improves the skin barrier. Whole grains and avocados (’all know how much I love me some avocados. So good for you!) are rich in B5.
- Vitamin B7: or biotin! This vitamin is a huge help with new cell growth and cell vitality. Biotin is in so many different foods. My favorites are meats, eggs, and you guessed it, avocados.
Vitamin C: A.K.A. ascorbic acid (not citric acid!!) Vitamin C is the collagen creator; vitamin C…collagen, I’m glad we made that connection. Collagen is the main protein that keeps your skin bouncy and resilient (young). Vit. C also helps reduce dark spots and is