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10 Foods For Healthy Skin

Skin Care

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A book is not supposed to be judged by its cover, but unfortunately, the skin condition speaks much about the health of an individual. A rough and dry skin could show you are suffering from some form of ailment, or you lack some minerals. A soft, moist and supple skin, on the other hand, indicates one is healthy.

Whenever someone has a wrinkled, flaky dry skin or post-adolescent acne, the first thing that pops in the mind is to go for cosmetic creams that guarantee “overnight” results. These creams have catchy labels that a troubled soul cannot pass past them. Unfortunately, most of them don’t work as efficient as they promised. Some are usually scams that end up bleaching one’s natural skin. The best and healthy way to treat your skin is in nourishing it from the inside out. This can only be accomplished by eating foods that help the skin.

The best thing about eating foods that help the skin is that the general health of the body improves as well. There are a variety of foods that could be specific to your needs but the best way to go about it is through eating a balanced diet. Go for low-fat dairy products, fruits (plenty of them), vegetables, whole grain pasta and much more. Below is a comprehensive list of the best foods that can remedy your skin issues.

  1. Tomatoestomato

This is a common kitchen ingredient that many people ignore to eat until it’s cooked together with veggies. Taking about 5 tablespoons of tomato paste and a tablespoon of olive oil on a daily basis can make your skin resistant to sunburns. Olive oil works fine, but when combined with tomatoes, the results can be seen in about 12 weeks.

  1. Dark chocolate

This delicious treat consists of flavonoids – a compound with antioxidant properties that keeps the skin moist and improves circulation. Many women who have relished on dark chocolates have a less rough and scaly skin compared to their counterparts who don’t eat it at all. However, you should maintain your intake to about 1-ounce/150 calories of chocolate in a day.

  1. Sardines

These little swimmers are a perfect medicine for individuals with skin inflammation. They are rich in omega 3-fats which work as an anti-inflammatory. One serving of sardines in a day is sufficient as it contains about 1.5g of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fats can also be found in salmon.

  1. Green tea

green-teaIf you want a skin that is smooth and more elastic, you should be sipping on a cup of green tea daily for about 12 weeks. This tea contains catechins that boost oxygen and blood flow in the skin, which are vital processes in nutrients delivery making the skin healthy. People who take green tea often are said to suffer less skin damage when exposed to UV light in comparison to those who don’t.

  1. Kale

Have you been taking kale in plenty lately? Well, lucky you. Kale has vitamin C and A that guarantees one a firmer skin. Many dermatology clinics reveal that kale also contains essential nutrients, zeaxanthin, and lutein, that neutralize the free radicals produced UV light.

  1. Walnuts

If you are allergic to fish or are a vegetarian and you are in dire need of some omega 3-fatty acids, walnuts are for you. Lack of omega 3-fats can result in one getting eczema, which is normally characterized by a dry, scaly skin.

  1. Grass-fed beef

Grass-fed beef is one of the foods with a high level of omega 3 and omega 6 fats. Besides that, it also contains more protein which is vital in making the skin less wrinkled and taut due to the presence of collagen and elastic tissue formation.

  1. Almond milkalmond-milk

Almond milk does not fall among the dairy products and that explains why it’s on this list. Almond milk won’t inflame or irritate wrinkles, acne, and rashes. Dairy products, on the other hand, are highly inflammatory. You may want to avoid them if you desire to have smooth and healthy skin.

  1. Eggs

If you want a heavy dose of protein that is devoid of fat, eat eggs. Other fatty foods can make your skin become wrinkled or age quickly. According to studies, if you continue eating foods that are high in fats, your chances of developing wrinkles will increase by 28%.

  1. Pumpkin

Pumpkin contains beta-carotene- nutrients which can be converted into vitamins which are essential for skin regeneration through the formation of new cells. This helps the skin to stay smooth, soft and wrinkle-free.

Therefore, if you are yearning for soft, moist and wrinkle-free healthy skin, you can try out the foods mentioned above. Other foods that are also recommended include water, Rosemary herb, red wine, sunflower seeds, carrots, Mackerel, chickpeas, kiwi fruit, soy, oysters, and coffee.

All About Organic Choices

Organic

dtdo_box_produce_and_market_trans_editedIt has become popular for organic food the past years. A lot of people has made the switch in search for a more healthy life. But the number of information, labels, claims and benefits can be overwhelming. Don’t get lost.

The food, is it healthier? Are pesticides causing diseases and what are the names in the labels mean? We will guide you in making better choices for your health and for your environment.

 

  • Define organic food

A great start in creating a healthier life is taking a commitment to healthy eating habits and options. If you are already eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and good fats that is good. There is still a question on food safety and sustainability. How are food grown and harvested?

Get yourself familiarized with organic, conventionally grown food and locally grown ones.

The way the products of agriculture is grown and processed is where organic applies. Thereaer specific grounds to be met to earn the organic label.

 

  • Grounds for organic

It has to remain separate from conventional products and be grown in safe soil with no modifications. These are considered organic crops.Synthetic pesticides, GMOs, petroleum based fertilizers and sewage fed fertilizers are no-nos.

Livestocks, to be considered organic, must be found and raised primarily outdoors and be given feeds labeled as organic. No antibiotics, hormones for growth and by products from animals.

 

  • Benefits of organic

food-pileThere is a variety of benefits with organic choices. Beneficial nutrients are contained more in organic food according to some studies. Antioxidants are shown to be present more in organic food than their counterparts.

People with allergies to food, preservatives or chemicals often find that their breakouts lessen when they prioritize organic food over regular choices.

 

  • Fewer pesticides

Produce considered organic contain fewer pesticides. Fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides are considered toxic chemicals. They are widely accepted in conventional agriculture. The residue is the problem as it remains in the food we consume.

Fresh food tasted better. And fresher is what organic food is as preservatives are not present. Preservatives make items last longer. Organic farming are found typically in smaller areas near where it’s sold. The practice of food to table is highly present.

 

  • Better for the environment

As organic farming is less polluting in soil, water and air it is a better choice for the environment. It uses less energy, water conserving, soil erosion is reduced and soil fertility is increased.

Also, without the use of pesticides birds and animals living near the farms are considered in safer habitats. It is the same with people who live or work on organic farms.

 

  • Not antibiotics dependent

Animal by products, growth hormones and antibiotics are not given to organically raised animals. The use of antibiotics in meat production that uses conventional methods create bacteria strains worganic-food-nutrition-smarthich is antibiotic resistant. Resistance is not necessarily good as when one gets sick, the response to antibiotic treatments will not be good.

Also, mad cow diseases are not present when animal by products are not given at all.

 

  • No to GMO

GMO free is the category given to organic food. Again, the same logic followed on resistance, the use of GMOs influence resistant strains further. It is tampering with nature as resistance is induced instead of occurring naturally. The alteration is done in ways that is not happening in natural or traditional crossbreeding.

With consistent use of GMOs, consumers likewise carry over the resistance and may have a harder time using antibiotics later on when they get sick as their levels of response to antibiotics is not higher than what’s considered normal.

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