10 Seasonal Foods to Benefit Your Skin and Eczema

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This is that magical time of year, where the cooler weather swarms in and we seek comfort in our everyday lives. Unfortunately, this can also be a tough time for those with skin conditions, (cough eczema cough). Especially when we’re cranking up the heat which dries our skin out more than the Sahara Desert. One way to help combat this is to make sure you’re eating nutritionally beneficial foods. Here are a few.


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Pumpkin

No, I’m not talking about pumpkin spice lattes or pumpkin pie! Just a good old fashion savory pumpkin can do wonders for your skin. Pumpkins are packed with vitamins A and C, zinc, and vitamin E, which aids your skin barrier. You can roast, bake, or purée the pumpkin - just make sure to leave out the sugar and unhealthy additives.


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Grapefruit

Contrary to popular belief, grapefruit isn’t just a spring or summer fruit. In fact, grapefruit season begins in October or November and runs through May and June. This delicious, bright, and citrusy fruit is the perfect food to eat when it comes to your skin. It contains high amounts of vitamins A and C, minerals, and antioxidants helping renew elasticity to the skin and enhancing the immune system.


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Swiss chard

Move over kale and make way for the Swiss. Swiss chard, that is. This often-forgotten leafy green may not stand out like the others, but it's a nutritionally filled vegetable. Vitamin K, A, C, magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber can all be found in Swiss chard.


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Cranberries

I refer to cranberries as nature’s candy as they can be both tart and sweet. When it comes to healthy foods, you’ll surely gain a lot from popping these bright red berries into your mouth. They have powerful antioxidant properties. Additionally, they help your collagen which add to a youthful glow. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition identifies cranberry phytochemicals with potential anticancer activity.


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Artichoke

This beautifully crafted produce is an underdog in the vegetable world. Besides artichoke dip, most people aren’t aware of how truly tasty artichokes are. Largely produced in California, this vegetable provides vitamins B-12, K, and C, magnesium, potassium and so much more. Not only is it an antioxidant, but it prevents oxidative stress known for affecting skin health. Switch it up and include some artichoke in your life.


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Pears

A perfectly ripe pear picked right off the tree is very rewarding. This fruit is packed with B-complex vitamins, minerals, potassium, and fiber. Reducing inflammation, aiding tissue repair, and improving circulation are some of the many benefits pears provide. Additionally, pears are a very versatile fruit that literally “pair” with anything (pun intended).


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Apples

An apple a day, will keep microbiota in our gut stay. Apples are a great source of fiber, vitamins A and C, with antioxidant properties. Something unique about apples is their large variety. There are a plethora of different colors, flavors, and tastes. Not to mention apples are easily accessible for everyone and pair great as a snack or as part of a meal.


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Nuts

What did the apple say to the peanut? You’re nuts! And so are we for their high source of protein, resveratrol, fiber, and anti-anti-inflammatory properties. Whether it’s peanuts, almonds, pistachios, or anything in between, nuts pack a powerful punch when it comes to nutrition. They make a great grab-and-go snack or can be added to any meal.


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Cauliflower

Move over red roses and colorful orchids, there’s a new flower reigning supreme. Why it's the cauliflower of course (yes, I understand one is a plant and the other is vegetable)! Cauliflower is filled with vitamins C and K and has bone health benefits. Additionally, it is known for strengthening your immune system. Whether you eat it plain, roasted, or have it as a pizza crust, make sure to incorporate cauliflower into your diet.


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Potatoes

Is there anything better than a baked potato as an afternoon snack? Maybe. But I’m a potato lover and for good reason. Not only are they delicious but they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods. Not only do they have vitamins A and C, but can be prepared a million different ways. A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that purple potatoes help lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. You can either bake it, fry it, sauté it, mash it, etc. The possibilities are endless.