We all know the official flavour of fall is pumpkin spice. The warming aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger gives me all the cozy sweater and fireplace vibes.
And this year’s pumpkin spice recipe is my Paleo Pumpkin Bread. Made with almond and coconut flours, it works great as a quick snack, dessert or addition to your breakfast.
It’s also free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar — making it super skin-friendly.
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Aside from being super delicious, this paleo pumpkin bread is also amazing for the skin thanks to the pumpkin. Here are three reasons why you need to add more of this skin-loving winter squash into your diet.
Pumpkin is filled with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A.
Your skin loves this antioxidant because it can help get rid of acne and scars. Breakouts may keep popping up because dead skin cells and oil are covering your pores. Vitamin A, however, can promote cell turnover, decrease oil production and then clear your pores.
Another advantage is that vitamin A can reduce signs of aging. It can keep wrinkles at bay because it stimulates collagen production and tightens the skin by making new skin cells.
What’s more? Vitamin A can brighten the skin. If sun-bathing used to be your thing, this antioxidant may lighten your dark spots and improve uneven skin pigmentation by regulating the activity of tyrosinase, an enzyme in charge of producing melanin. Beta-carotene can also protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays.
The antioxidants found in pumpkin help to combat free radicals in the body.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that form as a result of smoking, natural bodily processes and toxins in the diet and environment. A buildup of free radicals can lead to oxidative stress, which can then contribute to a variety of diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
However, antioxidants decrease the harmful effects of free radicals. This helps to reduce signs of aging or damage to the skin.
On top of beta-carotene, other antioxidants found in pumpkin are vitamin C, E, lutein and zeaxanthin.
There are 2.5 grams of fibre in just one cup of pumpkin, which can help promote healthy digestion.
About 60 percent of the fibre in pumpkin is soluble fibre, which feeds the good bacteria in your gut. These friendly bacteria then produce short-chain fatty acids like butyrate that feed the cells in your intestines. A healthy population of beneficial gut bacteria is vital because optimal gut health is the foundation for clear skin.
The other 40 percent of the fibre is insoluble fibre, which helps push food through your GI tract and adds bulk to your stool. This is the type of fibre that reduces the risk of constipation. Over in The Clear Skin Solution, we talk a lot about the super glamorous topic of poop. Healthy daily bowel movements are critical for clear skin because it gets rid of acne-triggering toxins and hormones filtered by your liver and prevents them from being reabsorbed.