Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Five Foods For Splendor

Forget the makeup and hit the grocery store because some of the best beauty tools are edible.
There is a variety of foods out there that can have an effect on your appearance. Just try boosting your good looks by adding more of these items to your cart.

Dark chocolate
Notice that I said “dark” chocolate and not a half pound bag of milk chocolate M&M’s. Chocolate by itself isn’t bad for you. It’s the tons of sugar and extra additives that do you in.
Chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids which are potent antioxidants that can help protect your skin from sun damage and amp up blood flow to your tissues keeping skin nourished and glowing.
Look for chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao (it has more antioxidants), and instead of a giant candy bar buy individually wrapped nuggets and stick to one or two (about one ounce) a day.

Spinach
Popeye was up to something when he practically fist pounded those leafy greens, but the benefits go far beyond bulging biceps.

Spinach is nearly calorie free and is loaded with vital nutrients and antioxidants that help fight inflammation and free-radical damage—precursors to fine lines and wrinkles. One cup of raw spinach has just seven calories and 55 percent of your RDA of vitamin A (700 IU).
He green stuff is also loaded with a kind of antioxidant called lutein, which helps eyes stay healthy and bright. Most important, spinach is an all-star source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), which helps speed up skin cell turnover and keeps skin supple.

Yogurt
It’s rich in calcium and eating one cup of plain low-fat yogurt strengthens nails and teeth.
Eight ounces of yogurt is packed with two grams of zinc (25 percent of the RDA), which helps calm skin inflammation, treat rosacea, and prompt regeneration of cells.



Edamame
Want to know about another super food that helps skin? Experience the magical properties of soy.
Research shows that the isolavones in soy foods, such as tofu, soy milk, and edamame, can ease inflammation and stave off collagen breakdown, leaving skin with a more even tone and fewer wrinkles.

Just add soy milk to your morning cup of coffee and toss half a cup of boiled edamame into a salad or pasta dish.

Green tea
Green tea is a wonderful thing. Just warm up to this soothing brew’s antioxidants, called catechins, which can help prevent certain skin cancers and stave off sunburns.
Drink two cups a day or try sprinkling green matcha powder (available at health-food stores) into a yogurt parfait or homemade smoothie if you’re not a tea drinker
It’s just all the more reason to eat and drink a little healthier.

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