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This Week: Foods to Keep Your Skin Healthy
You only get one face, so protect it! Throughout your life, your skin sees it all and goes through a lot; changes in weather, sunburns, breakouts, aging and more. What if you could take a magical pill that made your skin look ten years younger, stop it from breaking out, and look flawless? Well you can, it’s food! It’s the only medication that you take all day, everyday of your life! So take advantage and make sure you are eating the right foods. Here are the top 10 foods you should fill your faces with!
This tasty sandwich topper is full of niacin (vitamin B3), an anti-inflammatory that soothes irritated red or blotchy skin.
With more then 80 per cent of your daily vitamin A - an antioxidant that repairs cell damage - this fruit is a sweet treat and great for a youthful glow! I love to have them chopped up for breakfast. They give me a boost of energy too!
Great for a snack on the go, these tiny nuts are packed with vitamin E, which helps heal dry skin. With essential oils and antioxidants to prevent aging and cell damage, these little super foods are packed with a ton of skin improving nutrients.
4. Baked Potato
No, not French fries or hash browns but a real baked potato! One spud has 75 per cent of your daily copper requirement. The copper works with vitamin C and zinc to produce the elastin fibers that support skin structure. So eat up to reduce and prevent those fine lines.
High in riboflavin, mushrooms carry an important B vitamin integral to skin cell maintenance and repair. Many marks caused by blemishes (acne scars) or damage caused by rosacea, burns, wounds, or surgery can all be improved by adding some mushrooms to your diet.
6. Flax Seeds or Flax Seed Oil
Loaded with essential fatty acids and omega 3 this overlooked seed helps hydrate skin and unclog pores. It can even help prevent breakouts! I like to sprinkle them on top of my salads or throw them into my smoothies.
One of the best foods for all kinds of antioxidants, berries are full of anti-aging nutrients and amazing for repairing cell damage. Want to look younger? Toss some berries into a fruit salad, mix them in with your oatmeal, or just snack on them throughout the day. Anti-aging never tasted so good!
8. Cooked Tomatoes
This versatile fruit (yes it is a fruit) is full of lycopene which helps get rid of skin-aging cells like those damaged by the sun. Cooking the tomatoes helps intensify the lycopene. Spaghetti sauce counts! If you don’t like anything tomato, watermelon packs a lycopene punch as well!
Replace your iceberg lettuce in your salads and sandwiches with this dark leafy vegetable. Spinach is full of a variety of skin enhancing vitamins. It has foliate which helps repair cell DNA, making your skin firmer and tighter.
10. Green tea
Zero calories, and full of antioxidants, green tea releases catechin that helps reverse sun damage. This is not only great for anti-aging but also prevents skin cancer-forming cells in your body. Various studies show that drinking three cups of green tea a day can prevent different cancers by 15-50 per cent! What more do you need to know? Drink up and add a squeeze of fresh lemon for flavor.
Ok, so I am making a green tea as we speak while chopping up a salad full of all these great skin-boosting foods! I suggest you do the same and watch the difference in your skin. Happy snacking, until next time…