Kelly LeVaque is an NSCA-certified personal trainer, Holistic Nutritionist, and Health Coach hailing from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Having studied with some of the world's top health and wellness experts, including Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra, her nutritional know-how and wellness savvy make her a Lover.ly Featured Expert.
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. To achieve picture-perfect skin for your big day, you'll need to think about what nutrients you're putting into your body, not just the products you put on your face:
- Keep your skin supple and moisturized by hydrating your cells from the inside out with omega-3s, vitamin C, and vitamin D.
- Ramp up your antioxidants with dark leafy greens and berries.
- Maintain muscle tone with a high-protein diet.
- Support detoxification with fiber.
- Help yourself to some herbs to support organ health.
Now, here's your get-gorgeous grocery list.
1. Wild salmon. Wild salmon is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids and protein. This fish is also known for its vitamin D and selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.
2. Walnuts. One 200-calorie serving of walnuts has 2776 mg of omega-3 essential fatty acids and is a great source of protein and copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. A small bag of walnuts makes for a perfect afternoon snack or post-gym protein punch.
3. Kale. This anti-inflammatory veggie is chock full of antioxidants, vitamins A and C, fiber and calcium. And, per calorie, it has more iron than beef. Sauté kale in olive oil to make a healthy side dish, or add a little to your morning smoothie.
4. Spinach. This leafy green is loaded with lutein, which will keep your eyes sparkling for the camera! Spinach is also a good source of omega-3s, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins B, C, and E.
5. Wild blueberries. Packed with antioxidants, wild blueberries are also a great source of vitamin A, known to normalize oil production. Throw some blueberries in your chia seed pudding for a protein-packed breakfast or add them to a spinach salad for lunch.
6. Lemon. Rich in vitamin C, this citrus fruit will help your body purge excess water weight and balance the sodium and potassium levels in your cells. Add a slice of lemon to a mug of warm water in the morning to encourage digestion or squeeze onto your salad when dining out.
7. Parsley. Known for supporting liver and kidney functions, parsley acts as a metabolism booster while removing toxins. Add it to your daily green juice or sprinkle the milder flat-leaf version on a salad.
8. Cilantro. Cilantro is rich in antioxidants that prevent damage from free radicals and it helps the body purge "heavy metals" consumed in non-organic foods. Grow your own easily at home and add to rice, salads, salsas and dips.
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