11/19/2013

6 Beauty Foods That Work

Save your money and eat your way to healthy skin.
Women place a lot of faith in expensive moisturizers and wrinkle creams, waiting months for them to do what the label promises.  Surprisingly though, research is consistently showing that eating certain foods will beautify your skin from the inside out without the cost of those high-priced items that have been pushed for decades as products a woman couldn’t possibly live without. Would you believe that dark chocolate is one of them, along with five other surprisingly tasty foods, that will actually whiten teeth, prevent wrinkles, strengthen and promote hair growth, and give your skin a radiant glow?  Here's 6 beauty foods that work from the inside out.

Dark Chocolate (Cocoa) – Times have changed and so has the medical community’s way of thinking when it comes to this sweet indulgence’s healthy benefits. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that nourish the skin, repair dryness, and deeply moisturize the skin, leaving behind a healthy glow. Flavonols found in dark chocolate also help to protect the skin from sunburn, redness, and other signs of UV damage. The daily consumption of Cocoa will reduce stress hormones, deterring the breaking down of collagen in the skin and thereby preventing wrinkles. Because it is also high in copper, zinc, and iron, it supports the hair’s cell renewal process, promoting growth while leaving it healthier and stronger.

Strawberries – High in polyphenols, this delicious fruit inhibits the breakdown of starches in the mouth, preventing plaque buildup and fighting bacteria that contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, the polyphenols will give your skin a radiant, sun-kissed glow. A Harvard study has linked the anthocyanin content as a protective factor in lowering the risk of heart attacks in younger women, and the redder the berry, the higher the anthocyanin content.

Tofu & Soy –Rich in isoflavones, tofu and soy foods will keep wrinkles at bay by actually helping prevent collagen from breaking down, leaving skin smoother.

Salmon – Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, this delicious fish will nourish the skin by reducing the body’s production of inflammatory substances, decreasing clogged pores, and averting fine lines and wrinkles. It is also rich in the mineral selenium, which has the ability to reduce the risk of sunburn and promote an even skin tone.

Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes just don’t look pretty on a dinner plate, but their characteristic color also works wonders for your complexion. Because they boast large amounts of beta carotene, an antioxidant, its protective qualities will defend against the damage that sun exposure can cause.

Sunflower Seeds – Not only are these tiny seeds delicious, but, sprinkled over your salad and yogurt will definitely slow down the development of saggy, wrinkled skin. Brimming with Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, they will help decelerate the aging of skin cells, keeping you to look younger a lot longer.

Why waste mega dollars on beauty creams and moisturizers that could take months to prove their worth, if at all? Why not enjoy eating your way to more lasting results with a healthier and more natural regime?  Save your money and eat your way to healthy skin. 

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