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Tuesday, 16 July 2013


I don’t know about you people, but if I could find foods to eat for great skin instead of spending money on costly products, I would be all for it, wouldn't you? Well, I have great news! It is truly possible to eat with your skin in mind and avoid buying any expensive products whatsoever. I know, because I've seem my friends using different and different kinds of products and creams to have a nice skin! How did I accomplish this? I know it isn't easy, but it is possible, and far less expensive than turning to products until I found one that simply put a band-aid over the problem. Certain foods can aggravate the skin, while others can enhance it. Here are my top foods to eat for great skin that you should try to include everyday. You don’t have to eat all these foods each day, but even a few of them if you will add on in your diet would be excellent!

Spinach is an excellent source of folate, Vitamin E, iron, chlorophyll, plant protein, magnesium, fiber, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. VitaminS A, E, and C are especially excellent vitamins for your skin due to their antioxidant abilities. These foods also hydrate the skin and enhance your natural glow. Chlorophyll, which is rich in all bright and dark green foods, is a top remedy against acne. Chlorophyll is nature’s most potent cleanser found in green plant foods. By eating it, you are literally cleaning your skin from the inside out. The iron and protein in spinach also help to keep skin looking youthful and to maintain a healthy blood flow.


Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols, fatty acids and antioxidants that promote glowing skin. Cocoa also relaxes the arteries, increasing blood flow that leads to healthy looking skin. For the best choice, choose raw cacao or choose cocoa powder for less fat. If you like to enjoy dark chocolate, enjoy 1 ounce per day and be sure to choose at least 80% cacao content to avoid added sugars and milk found in traditional chocolate bars.


Peppers are rich in carotenoids that help prevent wrinkles. In fact, one red bell pepper contains over 100% of the amounts of Vitamin C you need per day, in addition to being an excellent low sugar fruit. Peppers also increase blood flow to the skin, helping it appear more youthful. Peppers are also great to combat acne due to their carotenoids, which are antioxidants that help promote clear skin.


Green tea is a must-have “food” for great skin. Okay, so I know it is technically a beverage, but the tea leaves do come from a plant! Green tea is a wonderful source of beautifying antioxidants. It also relaxes the body and lowers stress due to a specific amino acid known as L-theanine. Drink 3 cups daily or more for best results. Even decaf is great if you don’t want to consume caffeine. Green tea is also great for your heart and your arteries by reducing blood pressure.


Papaya is a wonderful food, girls! It is excellent for digestion, low in fructose, and it is such a great beauty food! The beautiful orange hue of papayas, and all orange foods, is due to high levels of Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a top antioxidant to combat acne. Papaya is also rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C may help protect skin cells against sun damage by promoting the repair of DNA that’s been harmed by UV rays that break down skin cells, which can lead to wrinkles.


Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which is an antiviral agent that keeps away infections, acne, inflammation and viruses. Coconut oil is also rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which are great for keeping your skin soft, moist, supple and wrinkle-free. I like to consume 1 tbsp. raw coconut oil per day, along with using it as my moisturizer morning and night, and as a body cream.


Celery is a wonderful beauty food! Most people underestimate this humble veggie. Celery is rich in Vitamin K that keeps your blood flow healthy and aids in reducing blood pressure. This lowers your stress levels significantly, and we all know stress can be a sure cause of bad skin. Celery is also rich in water, potassium and natural sodium. This keeps electrolytes even so you don’t become dehydrated. Dehydrated skin means wrinkles, dryness, and flaking that could even lead to breakouts.


They might stain your fingers, but the skin-clearing properties of beetroots are well worth the effort. The purple roots are particularly high in vitamin A, as well as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E, which is essential for epidermal health and healing. Combined, these nutrients make a powerful all-round body cleanser, helping to eliminate toxins from the body and lower cholesterol too.


Clear skin starts from within, and one of the best, cheapest and most effective ways to get there is to help your body flush out toxins by drink plenty of water. Not only will upping your fluid levels help to keep your brains fully functional and therefore better able to cope with stress, but it also replenishes water in the cells. Make sure you drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, and drink more after exercise.


Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm and taut by aiding collagen production. They also contain lycopene: the red pigment which not only gives them their bright red color, but also stimulates skin circulation.

There are many foods that can be great for your skin and many that aren't  It is always a good idea to lay off junk food, too much sugar, refined carbs and trans fats for the best skin possible. Do you enjoy any of these foods each day?


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