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Monday, 15 March 2010

You Are What You Eat

Eating certain foods can dramatically improve the appearance of our skin, hair, nails, and eyes.


A diet rich in "phyto-compounds" can stimulate DNA repair, increased collagen production, reduce inflammation, and improve blood flow. This not only keeps you healthy but it keeps you looking younger longer.



Creams and lotions can do wonders for your skin, but your diet plays a major role in having healthy skin


Beauty is dependent on the overall health of your body. In order for your skin to look attractive and vibrant you need to make healthy lifestyle choices, and a great place to start is with the foods you eat.



So if you want your skin to feel soft and look firm here are a few foods that you can eat starting today.



Blueberries: These blue little balls are one of natures most potent anti-aging foods. They help keep the skins elasticity, strengthen the gums, and contribute to the health of our eyes.

Strawberries: Help protect our skins collagen structures. Collagen is what keeps our skin firm. Wrinkles form when our collagen levels start depleting.
Salmon: Promotes soft smooth skin, free from dry itchy patches.

Avocados: These contain folate which helps blood formation. This is essential for cell regeneration.

Acai: This is the king of all berries. It has 50% more antioxidants than pomegranates, and twice as much as blueberries. They also contain omega 6,9 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, and vitamins.

Apricots: Very rich in fiber and phytochemicals like beta-carotene and lycopene. They also have vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, folate, iron and potassium, making them very beneficial to our skin.

Broccoli: Also very high in fiber, vitamin C, and folate. There's a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane that protects our bodies cells from injury.

Black currant: Has a high source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Also contains a high amount of calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

Carrots: Have lots of beta-carotene which is a powerful antioxidant.

Cruciferous vegetables: A.K.A.- cabbage, broccoli, kale, collard greens, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. These guys release a compound called glucosinolates and an enzyme called myrosinase when chewed, which are known for their anti-cancer properties.

Cranberries: High in vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, and citric acid.
.. I love ocean spray cranberry juice <3
Cucumber: A great source of essential vitamins and minerals necessary for increasing collagen production.

Dark leafy greens: A.K.A - Spinach, kale, and dark lettuce are loaded with vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.

Fish: Has lots of vitamin A, B1, B12, and B6. It also has omega 3 fatty acids which are very beneficial to the skin, as well as the heart and brain.

Flax, grapeseed, walnut, seaweed, spirulina, watercress: These are very high in zinc which is vital for the health of our skin. Plus they have been known to help clear up acne, and help keep us regular.

Honey: A nutrient rich alternative to refined sugar. Refined sugar is believed to contribute to aging.

Oats: Very high in soluble fiber, and complex carbohydrates. High in iron, manganese, phosphorous, calcium, vitamins B and E, and silicon. Silicon is crucial for healthy skin by maintaining collagen levels.

Papaya: When applied as a paste on the skin, it's enzymes help breakdown dead skin cells.

Pomegranate: Very good source of polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that can damage the skin.

Water: Hydrated skin naturally looks younger.


It wont take very long to start seeing the major benefits these beauty foods will have on the health of your skin and the way it looks and feels.

and dont forget .. You need atleast 5 portions of fruits and vegetables DAILY!!
 
Today I had;
 
an apple;
 


blueberries, mangosten and a mango;


 cucumber and banana;

 
 
YUMMMMMMM <33

17 comments:

Zabo0o6a said...

I Hate banana's and cucumber !
but strawberry is my favourite fruit !

Zabo0o6a said...

btw bel3afya !

Bibi said...

Heheh chan u pic pic the banana before u ate it :r hani o 3afya.. I'll do the same from tonight bs kafi just at night I eat apple + banana..wela lazim all ?

Anonymous said...

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Hi Maintenance said...

Zaboo6a- most strawberries in q8 5rbaneeen!! That's y I don't eat them alot
Allah y3afeech ;*

bibi- I still didn't eat it!! Just peeled off the skin :p Allah y3afeech ;* mafrooth atleast 5.. Bs Shay a7sn mn wla Shay.. 2 fruits is a good start

anonymous- aked copy paste.. I'm not bringing nutrition facts mn 3ndi ;)

ba6alah said...

allah eytamem 3alaina el se7a :]

umm dhari said...

thank you for the information

as a mom i try my best to include the GOOD FOOD in family diet

its not easy wallah

they love salmon, brocolli, carrots, fish, strawberries and greeny leaves

they hate papaya , avocado and berries

I included berries in muffins and it didnt work

but i will keep trying

Hi Maintenance said...

umm Dhari- how bout letting the kids pick what they want to eat when you go to the jam3eya, aw cut fruits in shapes and provide dips, it will make it fun and they'll eat it!

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