With a little tender loving care, these 11 super skin foods will give you the radiant glow you've always wanted. In an ever-busy working world, most of us haven't always got the time or inclination to live a healthy lifestyle and in doing so we often eat foods that are not good for our optimum health. Whether we do this for the short or the long haul, we tend to simply gobble down food without questioning the harmful effects that they might cause us. Well, that's all about to change.
The super skin foods here are all packed with super nutrients which will turn your skin from lacklustre to ultra-healthy within a short period. You are going to be amazed at the results. By including antioxidant-rich foods to your diet and drinking a reasonable amount of water each day, you'll not only look better, but you'll also feel a whole lot healthier too.
A good tip to remember is that by eating the foods listed here, you'll also be getting much of the water from these superfoods your body requires to stay in tip-top condition. No need to drink eight glasses of water every day when most of what you need, you can eat the water instead of always having to drink the water. Whether cooked or eaten raw, all these super skin foods contain water. It just requires you to think a little more out of the box to accomplish the same results.
What you may not know is that the food we eat has a major impact on the elasticity, texture and appearance of our complexion. So thinking out of the box is a good thing if you want to keep your skin looking young, fresh and healthy. And all this can easily be achieved with a diet rich in whole grains, nuts, oily fish, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Because these super skin foods are naturally low in fat, you'll also be able to, at the same time, keep your weight in check. It'll be like killing two birds with one stone. Wouldn't that be just great? But please don't go around killing any bird with or without a stone, as that certainly won't help you maintain the healthy complexion you'd love to have.
Love them or loathe them, cruciferous vegetables are great for keeping the skin smooth and flawless. Yes, we all love to leave these healthy foods off our plate while we tuck into the tastiest bits. However, those tasty bites can do you more harm than you'd want to believe.
Do you know that vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, Brussels sprouts, radish and watercress all help eradicate toxins from your body and thus keep your skin in tip-top condition? Not only that, but they also contain powerful cancer-fighting properties.
There are many varieties of nuts that are good for your health, most notably almonds, but walnuts and Brazil nuts are particularly good for maintaining healthy skin. While nuts are a good source of minerals, they are often avoided by people trying to lose weight because they are high in calories. Another reason why some people don't eat enough nuts is due to the high prices we have to pay for them. Well, you need only eat a few nuts each day as part of an essential healthy diet plan.
A small number of walnuts and Brazil nuts eaten daily will provide you with all the selenium your body needs. And selenium is essential in helping fight free radicals, which you should know, is the number one cause likely to age you prematurely. Walnuts, in particular, are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. And as a bonus, nuts can also enhance the functioning of your digestive and immune systems as well as improve your skin and they also help prevent cancer too.
I've been telling family and friends for years now that we need to add a lot more good quality whole-grain foods to our diet, not only for optimum health benefits but also for optimal skin benefits. If you haven't heard, whole grain foods are extremely rich in fibre, which is why we need to include them in our daily diet.
The real benefit of whole-grain foods is to ensure regular bowel function and prevent constipation which, if not regulated, can cause a dull and sluggish complexion. And don't forget, you also get the benefit of water from cooked whole grains. Less to drink - more to eat.
It's a win-win for all
So make sure you eat plenty of brown rice and other whole grains such as steel-cut oats. Don't bother purchasing those quick-cooking oats found at most supermarkets, as they are not nearly as good as organic steel-cut oats. A bowl of steel-cut oats in the morning will not only set you up for a healthy start to your day, but it will also provide you with a variety of nutrients which in turn, will keep your wrinkles at bay.
Good quality steel-cut oats contain beta-glucan (the soluble fibre found in the walls of oat kernels). Oats have been known to help in the fight against wrinkles and this is especially beneficial if you apply the oats directly to your skin. Give it a try. After all, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
All varieties of berries contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids - powerful antioxidants, which help protect your body against damage caused by free radicals and the ongoing consequences of ageing. Add a selection of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and perhaps even a few gooseberries to your daily super skin food diet.
Also, there is no harm in trying some black-currants and black grapes to the mix. Toss a few berries into natural yoghurt for a tasty and nutritious snack between your meals. Nibble on a few black grapes in the evening instead of your usual glass of wine. Again, you'll be getting lots of water from these tasty berries.
You simply cannot deny that watermelons are not only refreshingly delicious, but they are also packed with antioxidants and nutrients, all of which help to keep your skin in optimum condition. While the flesh contains vitamins A, B and C, the seeds contain selenium, zinc, essential fats and vitamin E. All of which help guard against free radical damage and ageing. Watermelon is also a very concentrated source of the carotenoid - lycopene which gives the fruit its red colour. Lycopene is also found in tomatoes (see more about this below) and is known for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.
You cannot be any surer of the real benefits of the all-mighty avocado. Not only is the avocado a good source of the E vitamin, but it's also packed with lots of nourishing ingredients to help you maintain a healthy skin that will naturally slow down the ageing process.
Some of you desperate to lose weight may think that avocado isn't such a good idea because of its high-fat content. Well, you couldn't be further from the truth. Not only is avocado a good source of healthy monounsaturated fat known to help reduce the level of bad cholesterol in your body, but avocados can also control weight loss too. You need to eat avocado at least once a week for optimal health and to maintain a glowing complexion. I'm eating half an avocado right now as I write this article.
Yoghurt is a superfood that is not only good for the skin due to the zinc it contains, but because it can help clear up spots and a sluggish complexion. It's also beneficial to women with menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and vaginal thrush. Yoghurt also helps protect you against Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis and heart conditions.
However, not all commercially produced yoghurt is good for you. Rather opt for low-fat or a no-sugar variety and mix it all up with some fresh berries such as blueberries and strawberries for a high antioxidant skin-boosting treat. Plain yoghurt in conjunction with any leftover cooked steel-cut oats can also be used as a face mask.
I don't know about you, but I'm a confessed chocoholic. While I may not always eat dark chocolate every time I reach for something sweet, I do enjoy a vast variety of locally produced chocolate too.
While some of my friends might prefer to drink alcoholic beverages, I love to eat chocolates. And lots of them too. And a much better choice should you be driving. I promise not to tell anyone should you happen to keep a secret stash of chocolate at home or anywhere else.
I cannot place enough emphasis on how good dark chocolate is for you. Did you know that dark chocolate helps your skin stay hydrated and it also helps protect your skin from sun damage?
This is especially true if you eat dark chocolate, simply because dark chocolate has a high flavanol cocoa content. And you should be looking for chocolate with at least 60 per cent cacao.
Not only is dark chocolate good for the skin, but it also has other health benefits too, such as cardiovascular, cognitive and circulation health. And don't let anyone tell you that chocolate causes acne. That's just a myth and not to be taken seriously. I'm sure it's time for another piece of chocolate.
I bet you didn't know that sweet potatoes are excellent for your skin, not only from an outside appearance but from the inside of your body too. This is attributed to the high levels of vitamin C and D they contain deep within their cellular structure. And sweet potatoes help boost your body's defences against the sun's harmful UV rays.
They also encourage the production of collagen, which in turn keeps your skin strong and supple. A good tip when boiling the potatoes is to keep the water. When cool, gently apply the water to your face as this helps remove impurities from your skin as well as clean your pores. It's also been known to help reduce those dark circles around the eyes.
Some people detest tomatoes yet others simply love them. If you are the latter, you'll be aware that these delicious fruits contain lycopene, an anti-ageing antioxidant, which is great for maintaining a radiant complexion. But if you're not keen on the fresh variety, why not add canned tomatoes when you next cook up a storm in the kitchen. You'll also get amazing health benefits from processed tomato sauce. And you'll be pleasantly surprised that lycopene in tomatoes in either processed or cooked form is a lot more easily absorbed by your body.
Oily fish such as sardine and salmon are two types of oily fish that will provide you with some of the greatest sources for omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts, as mentioned above, is also a good source of omega-3. If you can purchase wild salmon and not the commercially farm-raised variety, so much the better.
Salmon, in particular, contains selenium, a mineral that not only helps protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, but it's also vital in helping to keep your skin moisturized and supple. And the vitamin D in salmon will help keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy too.
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