There are many skin foods that will hydrate you on a cellular level but there’s nothing quite like the simple little apple to create a dewy tone, revive your skin and also nourish your nervous system for a body that is more alert, clear, energized, well-rested and better able to handle stress. All of this equals gorgeous skin.
Apples are filled with fiber and little sugar which makes it a slow-burning and constant source of energy for our body to balance blood-sugar levels and sustain nourishment to our brain, which is one very hungry organ.
Apples are loaded with flavonoids (powerful antioxidants) that boost immunity and fight free-radicals but quercetin and catechin, the flavonoids in apples, go the extra mile for our skin. In a study published in 2016 quercetin was noted for its ability to reduce redness, itching, and inflammation of damaged skin and it is also thought to help restore skin barrier function, increase hydration, and reduce water loss. Hello supple & hydrated skin!
Catechins (also found in green tea) protect against inflammation caused by Ultra Violet Radiation and inhibit the death of fibroblast cells, which are responsible for making collagen and elastin. And a study published in 2011 revealed women who regularly consumed catechin-rich foods and beverages (like apples & green tea) noticed a boost in their skin, with improvements in hydration and elasticity.
And an apple’s skin also benefits our skin. The skin of an apple contains phloridzin, another powerful antioxidant that has been shown to mark against glycation, a primary culprit for premature aging, hyperpigmentation and skin dryness. Glycation happens when sugar and carbs stick to proteins in the blood and form large clumps that damage arteries, cells and tissues. Phloridzin keeps glucose in the small intestine where it can work to maintain balance in the gut, manifesting into a healthier skin and keeping it out of the bloodstream. Phloradizin has also been shown to increase type 4 collagen found at the base of the epidermis.
Apples are also high in potassium to hydrate us on a cellular level and protect our heart and calcium too so our nerves communicate smoothly and nourish our brain’s need for this mineral.
And last but not least, apples have a pretty significant dose of omega 3’s and 6’s and that means gorgeous skin, healthy eyes and again, a healthy heart and well-nourished brain!
Some fun ways to get your apple a day:
- Eat an apple a day.
- Make an apple tea. Just cut up an apple and put it in a small pot to simmer with about 3 cups of filtered water.
- Apple pancakes, apple muffins, apple pie and apple sauce (keep the skins on).
- Smoothie with apple.
- Baked apple w cinnamon for added glucose to boost hydration.
Isn’t it amazing to know that we have such an abundance of options for keeping our skin glowing and that simple everyday foods, when eaten on a regular basis have insanely powerful beautifying benefits?