Category: Health & Fitness
Published on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 00:00
Have you tried all kinds of expensive facial products and treatments but nothing seems to work to get you that flawless, glowing complexion you desire? Well, maybe your skin is stubbornly staying dull because of your diet. After all, it is said that you are what you eat.
Maybe it is time you stop desperately clinging on to those ineffective products and lying to yourself that its effects will only kick in after a while. Start eating foods that can help you achieve that crystal clear skin. While some foods can aggravate your skin, others can enhance it. Incorporate a couple of these foods into your daily diet and you will be on the way to getting that perfect skin.
1. Dark Chocolate
Yes, not all healthy foods taste bad! It is a myth that chocolate aggravates acne because it is heaty. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and flavanols that promote glowing skin. The antioxidants in dark chocolate will help reduce roughness in your skin, making it silky smooth and protect it against sun damage. Moreover, cocoa relaxes arteries, increasing blood circulation that leads to healthier skin. For this to work, you have to choose dark chocolate that is at least 80% cacao content in order to aboid milk and added sugars found in a traditional milk chocolate bar.
2. Green Tea
Ever envied Japanese women for their snowy and translucent complexions? That is not due to genetics, you can achieve that kind of skin too by drinking green tea in abundance! Green tea is a great source of antioxidants and contain a unique amino acid, L-theanine that helps your body relax and release stress. When the tea leaves are brewed with hot water, it releases catechins, a kind of antioxidant with proven anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea may also reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure and other kinds of cardiovascular diseases. It is recommended to drink at least 3 cups or more to yield better results.
Celery contains Vitamin K that keeps the blood circulation healthy and helps to reduce high blood pressure. This can reduce your stress level, and stress can cause your skin to deteriorate very fast, migraines and even cancer. Celery also contains natural sodium, potassium and water which can help prevent dehydration. Dehydrated skin leads to dryness, flaking, wrinkles and even breakouts.
Carrots have long been known to be good for your eyes, but do you know that they work wonders for your skin as well? Carrots are especially good for clearing up breakouts because they are rich in Vitamin A which helps prevent the overproduction of cells in the outer layer of the skin. That is where excess sebum combines with dead cells and clog pores, resulting in pimples and blackheads.
5. Red Capsicums
Red capsicums or bell peppers taste good eaten cooked or raw. Just one red capsicum alone contains 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. It also contains significant amounts of dietary fiber and vitamin B6. Along with that, capsicums are also chock-full of carotenoids that can help prevent wrinkles, fight acne and increase blood circulation for your skin, enabling it to look more youthful and bouncy.
Salmon is a wonderful food as a whole. It is great for fighting stress, anxiety, and depression. Salmon also provides most of your daily vitamin D needs which is responsible for keeping your heart, bones, colon and brain healthy. It can prevent colon cancer and bone disease too. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are excellent for fighting inflammation, wrinkles and acne. Its high content of omega-3 oil helps hydrate your skin from the inside out. Eating salmon is also great if you want healthy, luscious, flowing locks as it keeps your scalp hydrated.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat with about 90% of calories as saturated fat. It contains lauric acid, a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent that keeps away viruses, infection, inflammation and acne. Coconut oil also contains essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which are perfect for keeping your skin moist, soft, smooth and wrinkle-free. You can consume 1 tablespoon of coconut oil everyday and/or slather it onto your skin at night as a bodycream.
Spinach is healthy and nutritious, and you should definitely include it in your everyday diet. It is an excellent source of iron, folate, chlorophyll, vitamin E, magnesium, vitamin A, fiber, plant protein, and vitamin C! Due to their antioxidant properties, vitamins A, C, and E are especially great in rejuvenating your skin.
Sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds work wonders for your skin. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are both high in selenium, vitamin E, magnesium and protein, all these awesome nutrients help to keep the wrinkles away, enhance moisture in your skin and lower stress levels. Flex, chia and hemp seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids which are great for fighting wrinkles and acne. You can choose to eat these seeds as they are or sprinkle them over a salad or a bowl of rice.
Papayas have a long history of containing numerous health benefits. While it is a very sweet, refreshing snack, it is really low n calories and contains absolutely zero cholesterol. So if you are trying to lose weight, papaya would be a great diet food. Papaya are low in fructose and great for digestion. The antioxidant nutrients found in it, which includes vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene helps reducing inflammation and acne.