How to Eat Colorful Healthy Food Choices for Healthy Skin Delivered!
There are certain foods that help ensure we have tight, glowing healthy skin. Along with their other healing properties, these nutrient filled goodies, but don’t skip the 100 SPF — really? –, should be your first line of defense against the sun and aging. Thanks Visually for providing us with this informative infographic detailing these foods and their impact.
Hate to compare ourselves to rust…But, turns out there are similarities according to independent.ie Staying out in the sun too long activates free radicals that revs up the aging process or worse. That nasty sunburn is your immune system trying to fight off free radicals run amok that are puncturing and wrinkling or oxidizing (hence the rust reference) your skin. Yuck!
Don’t worry too much! There are bunches of antioxidants that neutralize those free radicals to the rescue. First on our list:
Blueberries: We all should be eating a lot more of this powerful antioxidant rich superfruit. Some might suggest that the dark blue morsels are preferable over botox to turn back father time and save signs of premature aging.
Health.com has a smoothie recipe using blueberries and raspberries — another antioxidant filled skin healthy choice — for you to enjoy right now:
In a food processor or blender, combine 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (or a mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries). Stir together blended berries, 1 cup vanilla or plain yogurt, and 1 1/2 tablespoons honey (a great moisturizer) in an 8-ounce glass.
Grapefruit: Grapefruit contain a carotenoid antioxidant called lycopene. With their wrinkle-fighting anti-aging plant pigment attributes they are effective at keeping skin cells from becoming damaged. Also found in tomatoes, lycopene has been shown to protect against some UV-induced skin irritations according to greatist.com.
Grapefruit and Kale also packs a lot of Vitamin C. Eating these will help diminish fine lines in the skin brought about by a breakdown in collagen. See health.com for more on this topic.
Carrots and kale: Another type of carotenoid is beta-carotene. When metabolized it turns into Vitamin A which helps with skin and eye health too. Carrots not only help prevent sun damage but could possibly reverse it. Independent.ie points to a Korean study where this sometime rabbit feed was able to protect and repair human skin cells from photo aging. So, looks like you might want to save a few for yourself after feeding the critters.
Want a quick healthy cooked carrot treat? Cut them into three-inch sticks. Place on a baking sheet with two tablespoons of olive oil and some sea salt. Toss to coat evenly. Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes (turning them at the 15-minute mark).
Chocolate Dark and Cocoa: The antioxidants are flavanoids. Cocoa contains a type of flavonoid called epicatechin (it’s also in tea and red wine). According to eating well.com, a study showed consumption improved skin texture by improving blood flow to the skin. So, chocolate and skin issues? Maybe, that’s a misnomer.
Salmon (along with certain shellfish) and other fatty fish have those all important anti inflammatory skin ravaging powers in the form of omega-3 fatty acids.
Salmon has a carotenoid called astaxanthin that is typically found in pink or red hued seafood. According to medical clinician Dr. Perricone, studies show this powerful anti aging agent reduces fine line wrinkles and improves skin’s elasticity. Definitely add salmon, mackerel or other fatty fish to your next shopping list for smooth, supple, radiant glowing skin.
Prefer to grab your omega 3’s another way? Pumpkin seeds and Flax, the latter on the higher end of the spectrum, contain the plant based version of this anti inflammatory. While not nearly as rich or possibly effective as the fishy version, these seeds’ alpha-linolenics that turn into omega 3’s still scavenge for those damaging free radicals none the less.
Tapped from the young green fruit, Coconut Water with its Vitamin C and hydrating properties plumps up your skin and it tastes great too.
Cucumbers: On your next salad, make sure to eat the peel! It contains an important mineral called silica, which tends to disappear as we age. It’s job of aiding with collagen formation helps with bone, and by deduction, skin’s appearance as well.
So, pack up all your healthy skin enriching goodies and head on out to enjoy a summer of fun in the sun. Um, but don’t forget the sunscreen just to be sure!
Got any dishes you love to make that help your #healthyskin glow? Share them @Kitchology and @kitchenchick123. Thanks!
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