Did you know that healthy, glowing skin starts from the inside out? Getting a healthy glow all starts with eating a healthy, balanced diet and drinking plenty of fresh, purified water. The nutrients found in foods like berries and some nuts can help you achieve flawless skin unlike the most expensive face cream. Next time you’re at the supermarket, be sure to stock up on these power foods full of antioxidants and healing properties. Learn how to blend these foods together for even more powerful results.
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Figs are delightful when eaten fresh and are a wonderful alternative to candy when you’re craving something sweet. Eat a bowl full of fresh figs and dates and you’ll definitely curb the craving for a candy bar, if you have one. In addition, figs are high in fiber, potassium and manganese. All that is good news for your skin, especially during the summer months when skin needs an added boost.
Blueberries are especially high in antioxidants and just like figs, they are high in fiber and potassium. As an added bonus, they’re high in vitamins C and K. Blueberries go great with figs as well and can be eaten for a high energy breakfast instead of processed cereals which can be very high in added sugars or High Fructose Corn Syrup. So ditch the food that comes in a box for nature’s sweet bounty instead.
Oh, man, who along the Gulf Coast doesn’t love oysters? With so many great restaurants to choose from in the Pensacola area, you’ll be sure to always have these at your fingertips, if you so desire. Pair your oysters with spinach, the next power food on our list and you’ve got yourself some Oysters-Rockefeller, a dish that’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest of palates.
Oysters are high in protein, iron, calcium, zinc and Omega 3’s. So go on and feast until your heart’s content on this jewel of the sea.
Ah, who doesn’t remember those cartoons in which Popeye declares how he gets his strength from eating a whole can of spinach? That’s because the list of vital nutrients in this power house food is quite extensive. Spinach boasts an enormous amount of vitamin’s K and A, as well as manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium potassium, fiber, zine and even some Omega 3’s.
Often overlooked in favor of foods like salmon as a source for Omega 3’s, walnuts boast just over 113% of the daily recommended value. They’re also a good source of copper, manganese and biotin. These little guys have quite a unique nutritional profile. According to the California Walnut Board, walnuts contain the highest amount of alpha-linolenic acid of any type of nut. What’s so great about A.L.A you ask? It is an essential fatty acid, which are important aspects of the cell membranes found throughout our bodies. They help the body’s cells stay hydrated and flexible, which then allows nutrients to enter the cells, while toxic waste is able to leave the body in a timely and efficient manner.
What woman doesn’t love chocolate? It turns out you have a few reasons to love it even more, because not only does chocolate contain powerful antioxidants, it can also aid in the prevention of heart disease as well as improve your mood. As for it’s benefits with regards to skin, it contains flavonoids that help absorb UV light and assist with hydration, which in turn can improve your complexion. When our skin is dry, it doesn’t look it’s best.
Sweet potatoes make a great breakfast alternative to sugary cereals and taste great topped with walnuts, honey and bananas. Talk about a nutritious breakfast! Now, there just so happens to be a really interesting thing you can do with the water from boiled sweet potatoes. You can actually use it as a toner for the skin (after carefully storing the water in a bottle and placing it in the refrigerator to cool down.) The water helps absorb impurities and helps cleanse the pores in addition to soothing dry, irritated skin.