Norway is graced with soaring mountains, beautiful fjords, pristine waters, and an abundance of healthy foods. What are the foods that help to promote healthy skin?
Salmon fishing made Norway famous. Of course, salmon is a staple in Norwegian diets. Salmon is a powerhouse of omega-3, beneficial to conquer the skin’s inflammation. If left unchecked, inflammation can lead to not only redness of the skin, but a loss of moisture. Every three-ounce serving of salmon contains 1.7 grams of omega-3. In addition, salmon is a healthy source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from free radicals.
Other fish high in omega-3 includes mackerel and herring. In every three-ounce serving of fish, mackerel contains 1.6 grams and herring 1.4 grams. If you prefer a lighter white fish enjoy halibut, haddock, cod, or trout, which still contain omega-3 but in lessor quantities.
When shopping for fish, search for fresh and local. Find out when it was caught or sent from a farm. Make sure it has a good colour and smell before purchasing.
The benefits of collagen for the health of skin are incomparable. General sources include fish, chicken, beef, eggs, and dairy products. In Norway, this also includes reindeer meat, a tradition that began with the Sami people. The meat is incorporated into many dishes including hearty stews. The Sami people honour the life of the reindeer by using every part of it. Reindeer bones and bone marrows are the starting point to making a healthy, collagen rich reindeer bone broth.
Collagen works best in conjunction with vitamin C. It also has its own skin benefits by reducing inflammation, and protecting skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays, in the sunshine. Of course, we enjoy foraging through the woods for wild strawberries, blueberries, lingonberries, elderberries, and blackberries. Full of vitamin C, these berries are intense in flavour. Due to the cold climate, berries take longer to grow, and then ripen over the summer.
No matter how well we eat, we can always use the nutritious boost that supplements give our bodies. Aarja Health’s Omega 3 Krill Oil contains healthy EPA and DHA found in fish and seafood. The red colour comes from the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, that naturally occurs in krill. For vegans we have Vegan Omega, an entirely plant-based product.
For easy absorption, look for propriety hydrolyzed collagen type II, as found in Aarja Health’s Collagen with Pine Bark. The natural antioxidants in pine bark is one reason Norwegians have been brewing pine needle tea for centuries. And don’t forget about adding a vitamin C tablet to support collagen production. We love Aarja Health’s Vitamin C 500, which contains zinc, aiding in the maintenance of healthy hair and nails too.
Incorporate some of these ingredients into your daily meals. Support beauty from within. Your skin will thank you!
Recipe: Pine Needle Tea
Makes 2 cups
4 tablespoons pine needles, from a safe source, chopped
2 cups boiling water
1. Place the pine needles in a teapot.
2. Top with boiling water.
3. Steep for 15 minutes.
4. Strain. Serve. Enjoy!