Sunday, 30 October 2011

5 important foods for healthy glowing skin

Theres millions of products out on the market to help get that healthy glowing skin we all treasure, and we as consumers spend hundreds trying various skin care methods, moisturizers, toners, masks, creams, facials etc.. of course theres these topical methods but we should realize that what we put into our bodies comes out in our skin and hair. You may notice if your diet or water intake has been lacking it will show through in your complextion resulting in dull lifeless skin. Eating healthy foods and taking in the appropriate amount of water flushes your system and gives your body and skin the nutrients and vitamins it requires to look healthy and glowing. Try adding these five foods to your everyday diet and notice the results in your skin.

 Drinking your daily requirement of water can be more of a chore these days with all the new fancy drinks over crowding the market, but in all reality no matter how dull and tasteless water is it is still very important to our bodies and our overall appearance. our bodies are 70-85% water and therefore is essential to not only hydrate but cleanse and detox our systems. Especially when your feeling a little under the weather or you partied just a little to much over the weekend.
 So as dull and tasteless water is try remembering to drink at least the required 8 8oz glasses of water daily, if the taste of water really bothers you that much try adding lemon or cucumber to add a refreshing taste as well as other health benefits. Lemon water helps with water retention. 

 Tomatoes may help clear acne because they contain Lycopene (the photochemical that makes tomatoes red) can help lower the acne promoting hormones our bodies produce. try adding tomatoes to your diet 3-5 times a week. Lycopene also defends off the damaging UV rays we encounter in tanning beds and the sun. Lycopene and other Carotenoids found in orange to reddish coloured foods help improve skins antioxidant status. I know a lot of people hate tomatoes (my boyfriend being one of them) but I love them!!! try munching on cherry or grape tomatoes, I could eat these all day, especially with a little side of ranch ;)

 I'm sure we all know that Green Tea reaps many health benefits for it is filled with powerful antioxidants and is good for you beyond the benefits of glowing skin. Green tea fights acne based on its ability to lower levels of acne producing hormones called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) it is recommended that 2-5 cups everyday will reap the full benefits of this superT!!! Although like everything else enjoy in moderations for drinking to much green tea can become toxic.

Deeply colored berries such as blueberries, cherry's, strawberries etc. are loaded with antioxidants to help your body fight off blemishes. With everyday obstacles and free radicals fighting against our bodies such as stress, environmental conditions, poor diet etc. all this oxidative stress going on can actually deplete the antioxidants so be sure to include lots of antioxidant filled fruits to your everyday diet.

 To be completely honest I'm not the best lover of anything from the sea despite all the fatty acids and essential oils they contain, but yes fish like I'm sure we all know contains omega-3 fatty acids, which among many other benefits, can slow down the "wrinkling process" in our skin. Wrinkle development is rooted in inflammation, inflammatory chemicals that are like "acid rain" on the collagen of your skin, Omega-3 turns down the production of these chemicals, Omega-3 also has mood-regulating benefits. If your like me and don't enjoy fish as much try looking for supplements.

 Not something I would expect to promote healthy glowing skin however Brown Rice contains Ceramids which are found in skin products. These lipid molecules help skin maintain it's moisture. When your body digests ceramics they become incorporated into the outer later of the skin and therefore naturally help maintain skins hydration.

And so there you have it ladies !! Instead of going out and spending a fortune on all these lotions and potions try adding these foods to your everyday or at least weekly diet. Essentially everything we put into our bodies comes out in our skin so eat healthy, hydrate your body get plenty of "beauty sleep" and relax.

xoxox Relish

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