As beauty connoisseurs we search round-the-clock for the pièce de résistance of products that can help us achieve that desirably youthful complexion. We all love glowing, healthy-looking skin (who doesn’t!?) however in the pursuit of beauty often a healthy diet can fall victim to monotony. Sure the salmon, blueberries, kale and all that jazz have gotten your skin this far but we’ve got 6 unexpected foods your taste buds will be rushing to try this year. Yep, it’s time to mix it up.
We spoke to the beautiful Anthia Koullouros, owner of Naturopathic clinic Ovvio Organics in Five Ways, Paddington. Anthia’s approach to health and lifestyle has made her flourish in the health industry with the founding of her very own healing tea line ‘Ovvio Organics Tea’ and heartfelt cookbook ‘I Am Food’. One thing’s for sure, a flawless complexion starts within the gut, so to get a handle on the very best foods for flawless skin Anthia gave us some friendly pointers and some fresh takes on nutrition.
1. Organic Liver
Believe it or not, organic liver is an amazing pick-me-up snack and should be added to your weekly repertoire. For centuries, liver has been used for nutritional deficiencies including anaemia, malnutrition and stress. Best of all, it’s rich vitamin A content makes it the perfect food to ward off acne for good. Anthia suggests eating liver in the form of Pâté and making a batch every week choosing from either chicken, duck, lamb or calf liver for ultimate radiant skin. “Choose liver from an organic and pastured source and it will be free of chemicals, antibiotics and hormones. With a better understanding of what it takes to raise healthy animals, comes respect and gratitude for the whole animal, including its organs,” says Anthia.
2. Bitter Greens
Bitter greens are the ultimate digestive aids and are rich in both chlorophyll and antioxidants. Common bitter greens include dandelion leaf, nettle leaf, endive and chicory leaf. “Bitters enhance hydrochloric acid, saliva and bile flow. In short, the action of bitters is seen to enhance the whole upper digestive function and improve the assimilation of nutrients.” Anthia loves these highly underused weeds for their complex carbs, vitamins and minerals meaning they have a bundle of precious antioxidants and antiviral properties. She recommends steaming or eating them raw, and tossing them with olive oil, lemon juice, natural sat and freshly cracked pepper.
3. Olive Oil
This is a no-brainer, olive oil has been loved by those surrounding the mediterranean since the very first olive was pressed for it’s juices over two thousand years ago. “Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and hence excellent for oxidative stress caused by free radical damage such as pollutants or stress. It is also known to balance blood pressure and high cholesterol,” says Anthia. She also recommends consuming olive oil that is extra virgin cold pressed or expeller pressed and having at least 2 tablespoons per day for healthy skin. Her favourite olive oil is by Nolans Road, which is perfect for dressing raw food or cooking on a low to medium heat.
4. Bone stock broth
Bone broth is being touted as the new green juice for health aficionados. What you may not know is this trendy health elixir has been Europe’s best kept medicinal secret for centuries. Rich in minerals, collagen and amino acids there are an abundance of bone stocks to be made from chicken, fish and meat but be ready to allow up to 6 hours to get the job done right.Read our recipe for a beautiful immune-boosting bone broth here. Anthia recommends consuming 2-3 cups a day for healing skin, hair, nails and musculoskeletal imbalances - it is also known to age the skin slowly, so sign us up.
5. Fresh Herbs
Make it a daily challenge to include herbs like mint and parsley in salads or juices. They are loved by Anthia for their rich source of chlorophyll, antioxidants and anti-microbial properties that so happen to be detoxifying, purifying and healing to the skin.
No, not aeroplane jelly (sorry). We are talking about Beef Jelly. Anthia suggests using the beef gelatine powder by Great Lakes or Bernard Jensen to make skin-healing gelatine. “Gelatin is the cooked or broken down form of collagen. Collagen is the protein essential for supporting the integrity of the skin. It tightens the skin and is anti-ageing.” says Anthia. “It’s also extremely high in keratin and monumental for maintaining skin elasticity, ligaments and connective tissue support”. Try eating it on crackers or toast.
Story by Claudia De Berardinis