Contributed by Emily Reynolds, RawEm Treats
You're probably already aware that the food we eat affects our internal health as well as our skin. So what do you eat to give you a radiant, glowing, luminizing, had-10-hours-sleep look?
According to Dr Ananya Mandal, MD "Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland. The pineal gland is a small gland that lies within the brain. Melatonin helps in regulating the body’s internal clock. It maintains the cycles of sleep and wakefulness. Melatonin is also known to have anti-oxidant properties and has some role as a free-radical scavenger."
Sleep is essential to healthy skin. Our body produces collagen during sleep, which helps give our skin strength, elasticity and replaces dead skin cells.
So to wake up refreshed, with luminous skin stock up on the below foods which are natural melatonin boosters and watch your skin glow:
Mushrooms are packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants - a combination which can improve your overall welbeing and boost your immune system. And when you feel good, you will sleep well too!
SPINACH / KALE
Leafy greens such as Spinach and Kale are loaded with magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6 - minerals and vitamins which helps the brain to manufacture melatonin. Start using huge handfuls in morning smoothies and add to a stir-fry, omelette, stir in soup, or create tasty salads to ensure you're getting enough greens.
Snacking on these nuts will help you sleep as they contain their own source of melatonin. The powerhouse nut also contains tryptophan, calcium, magnesium, and selenium - minerals which help to improve your mood, and help you relax. Shop Organic Walnuts >>
Beetroot is naturally high in magnesium and calcium and is a rich source of antioxidants that helps to prevent the appearance of wrinkles. Say no more.
Create this Lentil & Beet Spring Salad for a delicious helping of skin boosting beetroot!
Dark chocolate is great source of magnesium, a natural muscle relaxer, which can greatly improve sleep. A restful nights sleep means your skin has time to repair itself so you won't wake up with puffy, dry skin. Shop Organic Dark Chocolate >>