As the weather gets cooler, there is nothing like a delicious red lentil soup to warm you up. I just love the cozy feeling inside as you wrap your hands around the bowl and smell the aroma of the veggies and spices.
But if I’m being honest…I really love how nourishing this red lentil soup recipe is for the skin, especially with the touch of red lentils. My clients over in The Clear Skin Solution were the inspiration for this one.
This lens-shaped bean has a number of positive effects on your skin.
Most importantly, though, red lentils improve digestion because they are a rich source of dietary fibre.
A single serving of red lentils meets 32 percent of the fibre you need each day.
A fibre-rich diet is crucial for your digestion and healthy daily bowel movements because it helps increase good probiotics in the gut and allows for quicker transit time through the digestive tract. Fibre binds the waste together to assist in increasing stool size, diluting, and helping to move it through the body quicker.
Daily bowel movements are essential for clear skin because it’s how your body excretes the toxins and hormones filtered by your liver. If that channel of elimination is not pushing waste out daily, those toxins and hormones start to reabsorb into the body, causing more inflammation, and then acne.
Those bowel movements are how your body eliminates excess acne-triggering estrogen, yeast, and fungus from the body.
Ideally, you should have a bowel movement one to three times a day. But if that’s not happening, try out this spiced red lentil soup or another high-fibre recipe to increase the amount of fibre you consume each day.