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The Top 5 Healing Foods For Healthy, Glowing Skin
Are you one of those consumers? Shelling out big bucks for expensive cosmetics to treat an assortment of skin issues, like wrinkles and dryness. For a fraction of the cost you can treat these skin troubles naturally by eating these 5 healing foods.
Green Tea: Green tea is rich in antioxidants that reduce inflammation and protect cell membranes. It has been proven to reduce the damage of sunburns and overexposure to ultraviolet light, which in turn reduces the risk of skin cancer. Green tea is high in the cancer-fighting polyphenol, EGCG, this "fountain of youth" helps skin by reactivating dying skin cells.
Salmon: Salmon, along with other fatty fish, walnuts and flaxseed, is high in healthy fatty acids that are key for achieving healthy, youthful skin. Omega-3s also reduce the body's production of inflammatory agents that can damage the skin.
Blueberries: The antioxidants and phytochemicals (plant sources of nutrition) in blueberries neutralize DNA-damaging free radicals, reducing cell damage, for younger looking skin.
Carrots: Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which is a required nutrient for healthy skin, and contain high levels of antioxidants, which prevent free radical damage of skin cells. Vitamin A is required for developing and maintaining skin cells, and a deficiency of the vitamin can cause dry skin.
Water: Drinking plenty of pure, clean water will help rejuvenates skin cells, keeping your skin young and healthy-looking. Water both hydrates cells and helps them move toxins out and nutrients in. Experts say that when the body is properly hydrated, it sweats more efficiently, which helps keep the skin clean and clear.
Foods containing sugar, white flour, saturated fats, and fried foods are especially bad for the skin, since they can trap oil and bacteria beneath the skin.
Fancy creams can mask the problem - you must treat your inner nutritional deficiencies before you’ll see improvement on the outside. Try a raw food smoothie every morning and you’ll have skin that glows!
About the Author: Chester is a health nutrition consultant and is the owner of AstroNutrition - a provider of premium health nutrition and sports supplements.