The right stuff - Seven foods for sensational skin
“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” - Adelle Davis
When it comes to maintaining healthier, younger-looking skin, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto it. Many a well-intentioned beauty regimen has been sabotaged by eating all the wrong foods. But just what are the right foods to include in your diet?
Almonds: Crammed with Vitamin E, these nutritious nuts help to fortify your skin against harmful UV damage as well as acting as some powerful antioxidants (essential for bringing renegade free radicals to heel). Keep a handful handy throughout your day and when you find yourself in the mood for a snack attack, munch away – Your skin will love you for it.
Flaxseeds: They say dynamite comes in small packages and it seems your skin would agree. Flaxseeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids which play a vital role in keeping your skin well-hydrated and better able to wipe out fine lines and banish blemishes.
Red and green vegetables: Carrots, cooked tomatoes and spinach are all great sources of Vitamin A and beta-carotene – two powerful anti-aging and antioxidant heavyweights that lead to brighter, smoother and more robust looking skin. Spinach and other leafy greens are also lauded for their cancer fighting properties because the folate they contain is thought to help repair DNA, which significantly reduces your chances of developing skin tumors.
Sweet potatoes: You wouldn’t think it to look at them, but these purple powerhouses are bursting with Vitamin C - one of the key ingredients your skin uses to smooth out wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen (the protein that gives skin it’s strength and firmness).
Safflower oil: This commonly used vegetable oil goes great in salad dressings, desserts and breads but it’s the effect that it has on dry skin that is drawing ever increasing attention from skincare experts - the reason being that it contains linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid that acts as a powerful dirt and oil remover. Safflower oil acts to soften dryness and smooth roughness by helping the skin lock in moisture, and we all know that moist, well-hydrated skin is beautiful looking skin.
Fish: Apart from their omega fatty acids, fish like tuna, halibut, sardines, flounder and salmon are also stuffed with selenium. Selenium, in adequate doses, is a powerful antioxidant as well as the nutrient essential in preserving elastin – the protein that gives skin it’s stretchy, elastic quality. If you’re not a fan of seafood, then brazil nuts are a great alternative because even just one Brazil nut contains all the selenium your body requires in a day. Don’t go bananas on the Brazil nuts however because too much selenium is toxic.
Green Tea: The antioxidant properties contained in green tea are unrivalled. This simple, pleasant brew which has been enjoyed in Asia for centuries is rich in polyphenols – a class of bioflavonoids which have antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Drinking a steady supply (2-6 cups) of green tea has been proven to not only cut down your chances of developing skin cancer but also to reverse the effects of sun damage on skin.
Great health starts and ends with good nutrition – it’s the fundamental building block upon which beautiful, younger looking skin is forged. Combined with regular aerobic exercise, getting enough rest and taking a more chilled out approach to the daily grind, eating well will do wonders to boost your state of physical and emotional wellbeing.
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