Eating certain foods can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin, hair, nails, and eyes.Â A diet rich in â€œphyto-compoundsâ€ 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 is by far the most crucial when it comes to 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.
These foods are easily available , though largely ignored by Nigerians. Below, I have compiled a list of some foods and their benefits Here is hoping that after reading this article, you will make them priority on your list.
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.
Brazil nuts: Help protect our skin from UV rays and they help reduce dryness.
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. Thereâ€™s a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane that protects our bodies cells from injury.
Beans: Jammed packed with phytochemicals, fiber, folic acid, protein, calcium, and magnesium. These guys can stabilize blood sugar as well as lower cholesterol.
Black currant: Has a high source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Also contains a high amount of calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Carotenoids: This isnâ€™t a food, but itâ€™s found in fruits and vegetables. Itâ€™s a fat soluble pigment which helps fight against cancer and cardiovascular disorders.
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 vegisÂ 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.
Cucumber: A great source of essential vitamins and minerals necessary for increasing collagen production.
Dark leafy greens: A.K.A – Spinach, kale, pumpkin leaves,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.
Grape seed oil: Has trace elements of selenium, zinc, copper, and iron. Itâ€™s also a unique source for oligomeric procyanidine, which is known to improve our skins elasticity.Honey: A nutrient rich alternative to refined sugar. Refined sugar is believed to contribute to aging.