Ever wonder if there are foods that may be more beneficial for your hair and skin? Well, here are some of my favs!
This low-profile berry was ranked number one in antioxidant activity by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture compared to 40 common fruits and
vegetables. The antioxidants in blueberries protect you from premature
aging, so add half a cup to your yogurt or cereal every day.
Wild salmon (not farm-raised) is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. Salmon also has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. The vitamin D in salmon keeps your bones and teeth strong and healthy, too. You won’t have a problem adding salmon to your diet since there are hundreds of ways to enjoy this beauty superfood. Try it grilled, baked, in your pasta, with a salad, in sushi, or just with a side of asparagus.
Any food with lots of vitamin C, like kiwi, oranges, and grapefruit, is a
big skin saver. Vitamin C stimulates collagen
synthesis and protects against wrinkles. In a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who had a diet high in vitamin C foods had noticeably less dryness and fewer wrinkles.
This leafy green vegetable is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach is loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling. Spinach is also a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Trade your lettuce for spinach, or saute spinach for a quick, healthy side.
This has to be too good to be true, right? Wrong! Enjoying a
small piece of dark chocolate will provide high levels of cocoa
flavanols, which have been associated with softer, more hydrated skin.
Notice I said small. Eating a jumbo Hershey’s bar probably won’t make you look or feel very good after the fact.
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