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Monday, 13 June 2011

Healthy Foods for Skin


You cannot just expect to keep your skin healthy and glowing by using expensive lotions, creams, moisturizers or sunscreens, but essentially by eating right.
A host of healthy and natural foods offer potential healing and preventive powers against skin troubles. You can start out by making tiny alterations to your diet and adding these foods to keep your skin healthy & glowing.

Berries


Berries like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and plum have antioxidant properties. These antioxidants prevent skin damage and when skin cells are protected from damage and disintegration, they look youthful and younger for longer. These berries are delicious and easy to find in their seasons and are best to eat with yoghurt, cereals and a great on-the-go snack.

Spinach & Carrots

Carrots & spinach are excellent sources of vitamin A, which is a required nutrient for healthy skin. These vegetables suffer from a bad reputation of being not-so-yummy, but as we all know, mom is always right; you should eat these vegetables for a healthy body and skin. They also contain high levels of Vitamin A, which is required for developing and maintaining skin cells, and a deficiency of which, can cause dry skin. You can have them raw, in salads or cooked with omlettes and other dishes.

Green Tea

This drink contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce inflammation, protect cell membranes and keep bacteria at bay. It has been proven to reduce the damage of sunburns and overexposure to ultraviolet light, which, in turn, reduces the risk of skin cancer. Green tea is also high in polyphenols, compounds that eliminates cancer causing free elements.

Almonds

Essential fatty acids found in nuts and seeds help to keep the skin soft and supple. Some studies also show that they can prevent severity of condition of skin diseases like rosacea and eczema. Almonds are amazingly healthy and full of Vitamin E which gives the skin that glowy look. Vitamin E also helps in repairing skin tissues and maintaining skin moisture. You can have them raw or mixed with salads and fruits.

Water

Last, but certainly not the least, is water. Good hydration is our skin’s best friend. Water in caffeinated sugary drinks, sodas, colas and juices doesn’t count though. Water intake should be from clean and pure source that rejuvenates the skin. Water both hydrates the skin and moves toxins out and nutrients in. Also, if you are properly hydrated, you sweat more which, in turn, helps keep your skin clean and clear.
By paying special attention to what you are feeding your body, you will see positive results in not only your health and the way you feel, but also the way you look. Beauty truly does come from within. 

Source: Yahoo news

1 comments

Cherrey 13 June 2011 at 16:50

Almonds and berries aren't really that accessible from where I'm at. If they are, they'd be really expensive. I can do the rest :-) Thanks for sharing.

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