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Posted on 12-28-2011

Morning!  Ready to start the new year off right with improved skin appearance? What you eat is important for your health, yes, but did you realize that what you put in your mouth can have an effect on your beauty, too? Here, we identified foods to include in your diet for glowing skin. 

Healthy glowing skin leaves good impression on every person we meet so it is desired by everyone. Without glowing skin, every effort to look good will not attain the desired result though you wear the perfect dress or makeup. It helps to boost your self-confidence level. Americans spend billions of dollars on different types of moisturizer, brightening creams and glitter to get glowing skin but the best the way to treat and prevent unhealthy skin is by making changes in your diet. Junk foods, sugar, processed foods, fried foods, and caffeine not only results in weight gain but also makes the skin unhealthy. Everything you consume is reflected on your skin so you should eat healthy food to get healthy look. There are many foods which provide skin health benefits. Here are provided some foods that give glowing skin and be sure you include them in your diet.

Food to Be Eaten For Glowing Skin

1) Avocados

Avocados contain vitamin E in high amount. They also contain vitamins A, B, C, D & K and beta-carotene in high amount. Vitamin E nourishes and retains the moisture of skin. Vitamin E protects body tissue from free radical damage. Monounsaturated fats contained in avocados make them among the best foods for your complexion. Niacin in Avocados soothes skin and balances the red blotches. You can add avocado in salad, sandwich or eat it on its own. You can also make avocado mask by mixing its flesh with yogurt.

2) Berries

Berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries are loaded with antioxidants which inhibit free radicals and prevent damage to the skin. They contain Vitamin C in high amount. Vitamin C fights against aging and sun exposure effects. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen which keeps the skin elastic, fresh and young-looking. Berries are rich source of vitamin C, E, manganese, riboflavin and soluble & insoluble fiber. Alpha-hydroxyl acid contained in berries eliminates dead skin cells. You can add berries in cereals, desserts and yogurt.

3) Salmon

Salmon are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids and Omega-6 fatty acids which prevent toxins to enter in cell membranes and exit cells with waste products. Omega-3 fatty acids also decrease dryness and inflammation as well as control the sebum production. Omega 3 also fights against free radicals. Salmon also contain selenium, potassium and vitamin B12 in high amount which benefit the skin indirectly. You can eat salmon grilled, baked or stir fry.

4) Almonds

Almonds are among the best gifts of nature to the skin. Almonds are loaded with vitamin E that protect the skin from damage, UV rays and premature aging. Vitamin E also protects the body tissue from free radical damage. Almonds are also great source of fiber, protein, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids maintain the elasticity and flexibility of the skin. You can consume almonds raw or add them over cereals, salads and stir fries.

5) Whole Grains

Whole Grains are rich source of fiber which keeps the body hydrated as well as flushes out all the toxins. They also have selenium, a mineral that helps to control cell damage which can cause skin cancer. B vitamins contained in whole grains helps in metabolism. Whole grains have rutin, an antioxidant that fights inflammation related skin damage. Biotin helps cells in processing fats. You must add whole grains in every meal.

6) Green Tea

Green Tea is rich source of antioxidants and free radical-fighting agents. An antioxidant, catechins contained in green tea fights against viruses as well as slow down ageing. Green Tea also contains vitamins such as C, D & K as well as minerals like zinc, riboflavin, magnesium, calcium & iron. It is high in polyphenols which reduce free radicals. Green tea nourishes the skin and keeps it clear. As per many studies, green tea decreases the risk of skin damage due to sunburn and skin cancer. It also reactivates dying skin cells.

7) Yoghurt

Yoghurt is very beneficial for skin. It contains good bacteria which keep the skin healthy & glowing by boosting immune system and destroying micro-organisms which trigger pimples & other skin health problems. Yogurt also contains lactic acid which makes the skin surface smooth as well as soothes and tightens it. Lactic acid also purifies the epidermis. You can add yogurt to fruit and vegetable salads or eat it plain.

8)Carrots

Carrots contain rich amount of beta-carotene. Body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A which is among the vital nutrients for healthy & glowing skin. Vitamin A keeps skin supple and maintains the growth of skin cells. Carrots also contain high amount of antioxidants which prevent free radical skin damage. Carrots speed up metabolism of the skin and maintain its smoothness and glow. Vitamin C contained in carrots help in collagen which prevents wrinkles, decrease aging process as well as it is important for skin elasticity.

9) Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and fiber. Beta-carotene converts in Vitamin A which decreases the aging signs and prevents the fine lines appearance. Vitamin A also decreases the acne production and increases the growth of new cells & tissues. Vitamin E helps to protect body tissue from free radical damage as well as nourish and retain the moisture of skin. Vitamin C is important for collagen production and prevents signs of aging. Vitamin C also protects skin from ultraviolet effects.

10) Tomatoes

Tomatoes are very helpful to keep the skin healthy as they are loaded with antioxidants. Tomatoes contain an antioxidant, lycopene which protects the body against free radicals. Lycopene helps to enhance the appearance of the skin saving the collagen. Lycopene slows down the skin aging as well as decreases skin dryness & roughness. Like sweet potatoes, tomatoes are also high in Vitamin A, E and C. They also contain vitamins such as B1, B2 and B5.

Also consuming a diet rich in Omega 3 Fatty acids such as EPA and DHA will improve the physiology of skin, replenish the cell membranes found in the cell's wall, and aid in reduction of free radicals.  Check out our best source of omega 3's in the form of a very concentrated fish oil.   Has very little fishy taste (mostly tastes like light lemon) and gives a huge dose in only a teaspoon!   By the way, our holiday promotion for massage is rapidly approaching...buy a hour massage get a 1/2 hour free!  Ends 12/31/2011!

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