Tuesday, January 21, 2014

5 Foods That Give You Better Skin

Your skin is the first thing people see and your body’s first line of defense, so why not take care of it? What you eat has a major effect on all organ function, but each food affects our organs differently. Skin healthy foods are all around us — it’s just a question of choosing the right ones. Some of the best foods for your skin are:
  1. Cabbage: Surprisingly, cabbage is chock full of Vitamin C — even more than oranges. Vitamin C is a super anti-aging nutrient that helps heal damaged skin and minimize the appearance of dark lines, promoting brighter, smoother skin. Cabbage also has a lot of Vitamin A, which helps smooth fine lines, leaving smooth, taut skin.
  2. Lemons: Any food that aids in the functioning of the liver will promote better skin. The liver is the primary detoxifying organ in the body. Lemons aid with digestion by increasing the secretion of bile from the liver. They also are a great strengthening agent for the liver’s enzymes. This particular food leaves us with a clearer or purer complexion.
  3. Strawberries: Just like with cabbage, the most prominent anti-aging agent in strawberries is Vitamin C. Strawberries have more Vitamin C than oranges and grapefruits. Vitamin C fights free radicals that can damage and break down collagen, which can lead to fine lines. By eating strawberries, you can promote growth of collagen fight wrinkles and age-related dry skin.
  4. Pumpkins: Pumpkins are full of carotenoids which are wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin. By fighting free radicals, you’ll slow the aging process. Pumpkins also contain Vitamin C, E and A that help to cleanse skin.
  5. Whole Grains: Whole grains can be found in many different food products, such as bread, pasta and cereals. Rutin and B Vitamins are found in whole grains and promote clear and moisturized skin. These nutrients are present in whole grains because they are unprocessed. White breads and white pastas lack these important nutrients because of the addition of preservatives and many nutrients are removed through the act of processing. Buckwheat has a lot of the antioxidant Rutin, which helps combat inflammation-related skin damage. Another great component found in whole grains, wheat germ, contains a lot of B Vitamin Biotin which assists cells in processing fats and toxins.

At Cleure, we recommend eating a healthy diet full of foods that boost the health of your skin. For those of us who can’t always get these skin-healthy foods, it’s important to take a healthy skin supplement so your skin gets all the nutrients it needs.

What’s your favorite food for healthy skin? Let us know in the comments!

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