We always hear that the key to living a healthy life is eating a well-balanced diet, but what does that really mean? It means eating foods that are natural and grown from Mother Nature, rather than processed in a factory, and it means consuming foods that have positive benefits for our bodies.
Many of nature’s finest ingredients are amazing resources for some of the most important vitamins we need to stay healthy and strong, which is especially important for those affected by Vitiligo.
Because Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition of the skin, it’s important to eat foods with natural benefits that boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and help improve the quality of your skin. The following three recipes are delicious ways to do all three of these things, and include ingredients that are currently in season!
Buttery Pappardelle with Pumpkin and Caramelized Onions (Real Simple)
Pumpkin is fantastic for your skin because it contains vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin A is also known as retinol, which helps cell growth, vitamin C helps tissue growth and repairs damage, and vitamin E regulates the retinol levels from vitamin A. Pumpkins are also chock-full of carotenoids, which not only give it that lovely orange color but also fight free radicals in the skin.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts (Ina Garten)
Brussels sprouts may be a natural enemy of children but they are a great friend to the human body. Not only can they help prevent cancer but they contain a crazy amount of vitamin C (129% of your daily intake!) which means they are excellent for repairing skin damage. Additionally, you’re roasting them in olive oil which is also a positive resource for healthy skin and hair, so really this dish is a win-win.
Broiled Salmon with an Herb-Mustard Glaze (Giada de Laurentiis)
Salmon is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids which are an amazing resource for reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system. They are also very helpful for increasing cognitive development and brain function, as well as improving circulation which directly benefits your skin’s health. Pair this salmon with the Brussels sprouts above and you have one tasty, healthful meal!
In addition to these three yummy recipes, here are some tips to help keep your body in tip-top shape:
- Drink plenty of water throughout your day- at least 8 glasses. Water is the natural way to flush out bad toxins in your body, which helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant.
- Keep up your metabolism by starting your day with a nutritious breakfast, and getting some sort of exercise or active movement throughout the day.
- Always eat the most colorful fruits and veggies you can find, like dark leafy greens, beets, and carrots! These are part of nature’s healthy rainbow, and your body will appreciate the nutrients.
Taking care of your body on the inside is just as important as taking care of it on the outside. Eating right and exercising is the best way to maintain a healthy life, especially if you are affected by Vitiligo.
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Please note that Zanderm does not provide medical advice. Please seek consultation with a medical doctor for additional information related to Vitiligo.