Healthy glowing skin is a sure sign of a healthy body. We all know that eating a healthy diet that is rich with green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, good fats and a piece of good quality dark chocolate (at least 75% cocoa) here and there can help you stay healthy and reduce the chances of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Studies have shown that having the right kind of foods in your diet can also help in maintaining healthy skin. Foods that are rich in Vitamins A, C and E are found to be especially beneficial in keeping your skin healthy. Also, foods that have antioxidant properties are essential in repairing damaged skin cells and encourage the formation of new ones. The following foods have exhibited properties that greatly benefits our skin.
Strawberries contain more Vitamin C than oranges or grapefruits and vitamin C is a super nutrient in helping your skin look its best. Vitamin C has anti-aging properties that help to minimize the effects of aging on your skin. When we age, our skin loses collagen which helps maintain the elasticity of our skin and vitamin C is essential in collagen production.
Olive oil can be massaged on to your skin to help soften it. It also has many health benefits when consumed too due to its antioxidants and healthy fats. This reduces inflammation within our body and damage on our skin. Try adding about two tablespoon of olive oil every day to help reduce the effects of aging on our skin.
Carrots and Pumpkins
These two contains carotene, or carotenoids, a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radicals from destroying the cells that hastens the aging of our skin.
Salmon and Tuna
Salmon and tuna contain the enzyme CoQ10, an enzyme produced by the body to prevent aging. As we age, our body produces less of these enzymes and eating salmon or tuna helps replenish CoQ10 in our body.
Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons are packed with Vitamin C. Vitamin C also helps to reverse or reduce the damage caused by the sun on our skin.
Nuts and Seeds
Edible nuts and seeds contain Vitamin E. Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that helps protect our skin from sun damage and inflammation. Try adding chestnuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, and pistachios to your diet.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are rich in Vitamin A and are one the foods most commonly missed out of the average diet. These foods are rich in antioxidants that reverses the results of aging on our skin and ave a load of other important health benefits. Load up on your greens!
The mineral Selenium is found in abundant quantities in whole grains. Selenium helps in protecting our skin from damages caused by the environment and promotes skin health and skin elasticity. Whole grains, and making sure you are eating a whole foods based diet helps in keeping our skin healthy and glowing. It is better to get your supply of Selenium from fresh whole food. Supplements that contain high doses of Selenium have been found to potentially have adverse effects on the body.
Tropical fruits such as fresh pineapples, guavas and kiwis are more good sources of Vitamin C. Eating tropical fruits help replenish the stores on your skin.
Chocolate contains cocoa flavanols, a compound rich in antioxidant properties, which helps hydrates the skin and improve circulation. An improved circulation means that skin nutrients are properly distributed to the skin cells, thereby maintaining the elasticity of our skin. Make sure you go for a high quality dark chocolate however that has 85% cocoa or more!
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