Some people think that consuming super foods like kale don’t really do much for their skin. I’m hoping that after reading this, you’ll have a different opinion on this leafy food. Since I’m an avid health and wellness fan, it only makes sense for me to familiarize myself with many of the benefits of kale. I’m on a mission to identify the healthiest benefits that kale can have on your overall well-being. In order to do this, I had to cut back on the rib eye steaks and opt for some green alternatives. Find out what I learned doing this and how it helped improve my overall health and skin.
Is Kale Good For Your Skin And Health In General?
In short, the simple answer is YES! Let me start by sharing some of the basics with you when it comes to this veggie. Kale’s a leafy and dark veggie that is jam packed with tons of vitamins, minerals and other nutritious properties. Lots of individuals have begun to incorporate kale into their daily routine for the detox properties alone. I’ll get into all that soon enough, but first, let me shed some light on why this has become such a super popular super food with regards to looking good and keeping your skin healthy.
Plain and simple, kale has a ton of antioxidants in it. These antioxidants are essentially what help you protect yourself from damage caused by free radicals. These free radicals can damage your skin when you get too much exposure to harmful UV rays or even exposure to other harmful environmental conditions such as smog, smoke, and pollution.
The best approach to take when it comes to looking better and getting healthier is focusing on the things that you have control over. Guess what that means? Yes, I’m talking about your body! If you want to look and feel healthy, then you’ve got to start with your body.
I took the initiative (and you should too) to eat more super foods and up my greens intake via smoothies. Doing so can really help put the color back into your dull looking skin. I believe that kale can have this type of bronzing effect on your skin due to the lutein that it contains. Lutein is also great for healthy eyes as it’s a carotenoid.
Another skin benefit of kale is the high amount of beta-carotene that it contains. Why is this important? Well, beta-carotene is eventually converted into vitamin A through a natural process that takes place in our bodies. Vitamin A is one of the many forms of retinol.
As you know, if you’re a habitual skin product user, retinoids and retinol are commonly found in acne treatments and anti-wrinkle formulas. Kale packs so much vitamin A that it can positively impact cell turnover rates and can also help combat dryness and dullness of your skin.
What many people don’t know is that this vitamin can be stored in your body. It’s stored in fat and in your liver, which makes it a better choice to consume kale in order to get your vitamin A requirements versus taking a supplement or pill.
Another one of the skin benefits of kale is the amount of vitamin K that the leafy green contains. Vitamin K is well-known for increasing your skin elasticity which makes your skin snap more and tighter. It also helps reduce the presence of tired looking dark circles under your eyes.
Kale is also very good for your hair. It has to do with the amount of vitamin C that it contains. This helps improve circulation. Kale has lots of iron in it, which is also important for those that want healthy hair.
Is Too Much A Bad Thing?
Just like anything else, too much of a good thing isn’t great. If you’re consuming greens and superfood smoothies all day long, then you need to worry. It’s not healthy if moderation isn’t practiced.
While there are many other health benefits of kale, I’m here to share the most obvious and skin-related benefits. What I can say is that after cutting back on red meat and other types of meat in general, and substituting that for kale, my skin has never looked or felt better. You don’t have to take my word alone for it. The same results were present in my wife’s skin.
How To Prepare It
There are many ways to prepare this tasty super food. I personally prefer to add it to smoothies after washing it. Sometimes I’ll cook it in a pan with some coconut oil. Another way that I like to prepare it is just as a salad with some flax seed oil and balsamic vinegar. The problem with the salad is that it’s very rough and some people have trouble digesting things when prepared in that fashion.
Green Smoothie Recipe
My wife typically makes me this smoothie every morning for breakfast. It’s one of the tastiest smoothies that I’ve ever had and it makes juicing easy. The thing with green smoothies is that you can modify the recipes however you’d like without ruining anything about the smoothie. This is my go-to smoothie that I drink daily.
Here’s a list of the ingredients:
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon almond butter
3 pitted dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup kale
Combine all these ingredients in a blender and blend them for about 30 seconds. You can add some ice if you want to make the smoothie thicker. Trust me, it tastes really good and it’s very healthy for you! Give it a shot for a month and see if the condition of your skin improves.