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Want Healthier Looking Skin, Eat These Foods

September 27, 2014




We’ve all heard the saying you are what you eat but what most people don’t realize it’s true. Food is necessary to provide the body with nutrients and those nutrients present themselves in every cell including the skin. By providing your body with the proper nutrients you can banish breakouts, prevent fine lines, and get glowing skin. Eat these foods to have healthier looking skin.

Avocados

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Avocados are loaded with omega fatty acids which are hydrating the skin, making it look supple and radiant. They also contain lutein which helps to maintain healthy eyes and skin. Avocados also reduce inflammation, redness and acne. Normal daily intake is about 1 cup or you can apply them directly to the skin and make a face mask.





Red Grapes

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Red grapes contain resveratrol, an antioxidant which reduces free radicals which damage cellular DNA and speed up aging. Resveratrol protects the skin against sun damage and fine lines, reduces inflammation, and encourages cell renewal. Although resveratrol is found in red grapes, its most notably found in red wine, but can also be found in peanuts and dark chocolate, all of which should be consumed moderately.







Berries

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Blueberries, mulberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc are antioxidants powerhouses which do wonders for the skin. Berries contain the antioxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, anthocyanins and ellagic acid. They reduce free radical damage to cellular DNA such as inflammation, broken capillaries that cause tiny red veins, and the breakdown of collagen, the support structure of skin. Berries are your new anti aging remedy, so eat half a cup a day.

Coconuts

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Coconut oil contains good fats which make it a great moisturizer for the skin. It is an emollient which helps to strengthen the outer layer of skin so it retains more moisture. Coconut oil is also full of vitamin E an antioxidant which protects the skin from free radicals. Coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin to keep it soft and supple or you can add it to your food about 1 tablespoon a day.

Cucumbers

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Cucumbers are full of water, actually about 96% water. This makes them great at reducing inflammation, puffiness and redness.  However, cucumbers are also a great source of the trace mineral silica which makes skin stronger. Silica helps skin absorb moisture, so your skin doesn’t appear oily or dry. 

Citrus Fruits

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Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for skin since it is vital for producing collagen which keeps skin elastic. Citrus fruits are well known for being full of vitamin C, which is also a natural antioxidant. Vitamin C helps to keep skin smooth and tone and reduces wrinkles. To get the maximum amount of vitamin C, consume not only classic citrus fruits like oranges, mandarins, lemons, and limes but other fruits such as kiwis, berries, mangoes, cantaloupe and papayas.





Green Leafy Vegetables

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Green leafy vegetables are loaded with helpful nutrients for the skin. Rich in lutein, these leafy greens hydrate the skin and improve elasticity which reduces wrinkles. Lutein is also converted into vitamin A, the antioxidant which boosts collagen production and wards off free radicals. Vitamin A is also important because it regulates the shedding of dead skin cells. The faster dead skin cells are shed the younger more glowing your skin will appear. They also contain the antioxidant alpha lipoic acid which is also an anti inflammatory. It reduces the size of your pores, prevents wrinkles and reduces puffiness. Spinach, broccoli, kale, chard, and collard greens are just a few leafy green vegetables which promote healthy, beautiful skin.