A beautiful glowing skin is every woman’s wish. To achieve it, I have come to the conclusion that you need a combination of good, natural creams as well as watching your nutrition.

I admit I didn’t realise how important what we eat is towards a healthy, glowing skin until a couple of years ago. How did I get this epiphany? I had just given birth to my second daughter and I really felt exhausted and grey all day!! And when you are on maternity you need to kill some time, so I started reading about everything – primarily about healthy eating and everything related to it. And my whole life changed! I started eating berries and leafy greens like crazy! Avocados, nuts, coconut and vouched to remove sugar from my life!

To get clear skin you want to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B vitamins, water, healthy fats, and naturally low in sugar. These foods will enhance your blood flow and reduce inflammation, two very important factors of a glowing skin.

Here are some of the best clear skin foods that I have come across, with some basic info about each:

1. Broccoli

Broccoli is a fantastic source of Vitamin C, chlorophyll and fiber. Chlorophyll is the best anti-inflammatory agent you can consume and detoxifies cells from the inside out. Broccoli is also low on the glycemic index so it keeps you full, which means you won’t be hungry as quickly as you would from eating refined grains or sugary foods.

2. Pumpkin

It’s rich in Vitamin A and rich in water to keep your skin hydrated. Pumpkin is also low in sugar and high in fiber. This means it’s low on the glycemic index and won’t spike your blood sugar.

3. Almonds

Almonds contain Vitamin E, B vitamins, healthy fats, and protein. They can help keep your skin clear, moist, and provide the building blocks for collagen to keep your skin free from wrinkles. Be sure to choose raw, unsalted almonds since roasted varieties are often high in oils.

4. Carrots

A great source of Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and reduces cellular damage. Carrots are also fairly low on the glycemic index and contain high amounts of fiber and Vitamin C.

5. Berries

Berries are high in Vitamin C, which helps repair cellular damage, is a natural anti-fungal aid, and enhances an overall youthful glow.

6. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are one of the best sources of plant-based omega 3 fats that you can consume. Omega 3 fats help fight inflammation. They are rich in protein and B vitamins, and contain fiber to stabilize your blood sugar.

7. Oats

They’re often recommended for dry skin but they can also help reduce acne as well. Oats contain specific compounds that reduce inflammation to the skin and they’re low on the glycemic index. If you don’t like oats or cannot eat them, quinoa makes a great second option.

9. Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are a foundation in any healthy lifestyle. They’re packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, chlorophyll, B vitamins, and even protein. Consume them whenever you can, however you can (salads, soups, smoothies, juices). Some great options that are easy on the palate include: spinach, kale, arugula, cabbage, broccoli, romaine lettuce, bok choy.

10. Probiotics

Your gut is responsible for getting rid of toxins and when those toxins accumulate, they often come out through the skin in the form of acne. Adding just a few probiotic rich foods to your day can make all the difference to your skin and digestion.

And remember to drink plenty of water!