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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Foods That Keep You Looking Young

I live a very healthy life style, it's actually kinda ridiculous. I've been a health freak my entire life, I grew up with it and it never has been different. I'm always trying to convince people into starting to eat more natural. Do you think that a home cooked meal made out of processed foods is healthy? Oh no dear, just remember; EVERYTHING that is processed is bad for your health. The good nutrients in processed foods are basically non-existent. Take emulgators for example (E-numbers). There are emulgators in food that can cause cancer, hair loss etc. Don't fall for the words "natural" on packages. Processed is and will always be unnatural!
Anyway, enough of my speech. If anyone is interested in what most E-numbers can do to your body, please let me know. I can give you some great tips and share some great scientific literature.

On to what this post actually is about :). There are so many products out there designed to keep us looking young, from our skin to our hair. But youth, like many other things, comes from within. One of the easiest and most effective ways to stay healthy and youthful is to pay close attention to what you put inside your body, and take advantage of the natural benefits that come from certain foods. Today I wanted to share 6 foods that can keep you looking young if made a regular part of your diet.

1. Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like kale and spinach are packed with lutein, which protects your skin from sun damage and wrinkles. These greens are also very rich in vitamin C, an essential building block of collagen. Collagen is a vital element of youthful looking skin that begins to break down as we age. Getting a healthy dose of leafy greens in your diet will help keep your skin looking smooth and youthful.

2. Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin from sun damage. The lycopene works from within, reducing skin redness and UV damage to keep your skin healthy.

3. Carrots

Carrots contain beta-carotene, which when ingested is converted to Vitamin A, which stimulates skin cell growth and builds collagen. Beta-carotene is also a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from damaging free radicals. Eating carrots can also whiten your teeth, adding to your youthful appearance – they act almost like a natural toothbrush that cleans the surface of the teeth.

4. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are known for their high levels of Vitamin C, which is essential to building collagen. Citrus is also rich in bioflavonoids that protect the skin from sun damage. In addition to consuming citrus there are a number of ways you can use it topically as well.

5. Blueberries

Blueberries are the highest in antioxidants among all the berries, which help protect your body from damaging free radicals. Their powerful anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce skin redness and wrinkles, and they can even reduce the mental effects of aging. Blueberries are full of anthocyanin – giving them their dark color – which can slow down the loss of mental function that comes with aging.

6. Sweet Potato

Last but certainly not least, sweet potatoes are another food rich in beta-carotene, which works to balance your skin’s pH and combat dryness, resulting in healthier, smoother skin. Purple sweet potatoes also have tons of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Hope you enjoyed this article! Just let me know if you have any questions!

Love,
Lucia

Image & article source: Free People & Pinterest

3 comments:

  1. Wauw, ik ben zo jaloers op jouw gezonde levensstijl! Ik doe ook echt m'n best maar ik maak zoveel slippertjes op vlak van eten, oeffff! Ik moet dringend meer fruit beginnen eten! Groenten bij de vlijt maar fruit... Bedankt voor deze reminder en natuurlijk ook voor alle lieve reacties op m'n blog meid!

    ♥♥♥ IMKE ♥♥♥

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  2. Hi dear friend, how are you?
    I love this post, your tips are fabulous :) haha

    I haven't heard from you in a long time... is everything ok?

    Besos from Mexico city <3

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  3. ooo yay! I eat all these foods regularly, hopefully that means I'll keep looking refreshed as I age... We'll see though, sometimes I look pretty tired and I'm only 23!

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Lots of Love,
Lucia Flores