As kids, we were always told to eat our vegetables, even though the brussel sprouts staring at us, never looked appetizing. Well, it was not only important then as we were growing and needed nutrition, I think our mothers new better. Ever since I embarked on my new diet, I have noticed how great my skin looks. Not only do I not have as many breakouts, but my skin is glowing.
The cosmetic industry is a billion dollar industry, and it's no wonder, because many of us spend lots of money on all the creams and serums to beautify our skin and maintain a younger look. However, what some of us don’t realize is that beautiful skin does come from within. It starts with what you eat, and a dull, dry complexion is the first sign of poor eating. Dr. David Bank, President of the New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, informs readers about the 10 best foods for your skin.
10 Best Foods for Your Skin
1) Avocados: The creamy and delicious fruit is abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish your skin. Avocados also contain a lot of Niacin (vitamin B3), which is important for healthy skin since it acts as an anti-inflammatory and soothes irritated or red/blotchy skin.
Recipe: Cut an avocado in half and put some red-wine vinegar in the middle. This treat is a favorite of Europeans and surprisingly delicious.
2) Cantaloupe: Super healthy for skin by increasing the antioxidants in your body, which results in the ability to absorb free radicals.
Recipe: Make a smoothie of cantaloupe, low-fat yogurt, and other berries for a delicious pick-me-up.
3) Almonds/Walnuts: Almonds contain 150% of daily vitamin E needs and is rich in oils that moisturize your skin while its antioxidants protect against skin damage and premature aging. In addition, walnuts contain the essential fatty acids that help improve skin.
Recipe: Reach for a handful of almonds or walnuts instead of a bag of chips for an afternoon snack.
4) Cottage Cheese: When selemium in cottage cheese meets vitamin E, the result is a powerful free radical-fighting antioxidant team. It also protects against skin cancer and dandruff.
Recipe: Mix cottage cheese with fresh fruit for a great morning breakfast. However, if you want to indulge, try baked macaroni and cottage cheese recipe.
5) Grapefruit: Grapefruit is a great source of daily vitamin C intake. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights skin damage and wrinkles. Vitamin C also acts as a central role in production of collagen, which is structural protein in your skin.
Recipe: Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice – a refreshing way to get your daily vitamin C intake.
6) Mangos: Mangos contain more than 80% of daily vitamin A requirements, which is essential for maintaining and repairing skin cells. A deficiency in vitamin A will result in dry, flaky complexion. Mangoes also work as an antioxidant fighting free-radical damage that can prematurely age the skin.
Recipe: Avocado, tomato, mango summer salad. All three ingredients are healthy for the skin and make up a perfect summer salad. Drizzle some low-fat balsamic vinaigrette to top it off.
7) Baked Potatoes: Trade French Fries for a steaming baked potato. One baked potato (with the skin) provides 75% of daily copper need. Copper when combined with vitamin c and zinc produce elastin fibers that support skin structure. Copper deficiency in your diet can reduce skin’s ability to heal and cause it to become rigid and lifeless.
8) Mushrooms: Essential to your skin, riboflavin is found in mushrooms and is involved in tissue maintenance and repair. It also improves skin blemishes caused by rosacea.
Recipe: Marinated mushroom recipe – add mushrooms, EVOO, vinegar, oregano, basil and salt into a pan and cook. This makes a perfect side dish to any meal.
9) Flaxseed Oil: Flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of essential fatty acid. One teaspoon of flaxseed oil provides 2.5 grams of omega 3s, which hydrates the skin. Essential fatty acids also dilute sebum and unclog pores that lead to acne.
Recipe: pour 2.5 grams of flaxseed oil in your morning juice to kick start the day.
10) Wheat Germ: Super nutritious, wheat germ is just the embryo within a grain of wheat. It is a good source of biotin, a vitamin C that’s crucial to skin health. A mild biotin deficiency can cause dermatitis, a condition characterized by itchy, scaly skin.
Recipe: sprinkle wheat germ on yogurt for a tasty way to get more biotin.
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