5 Simple, Superfoods for Flawless Skin
We've all heard the old adage that you are what you eat, and like many clichés there's some truth to it. What we eat affects how we look and how we feel. Incorporating certain "super foods" in your diet can help maintain your inner and outer glow.
The following are our top five super foods for flawless skin that can be easily added to your daily fare. At Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery, we believe in keeping change simple so it's most likely to stick.
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This ubertrendy super green veggie is all the rage largely because it's high in fiber, low in calories and rich in Vitamins A and C. Vitamin C boosts our natural supply of collagen, the protein that gives skin its stretchy, elastic quality. Vitamin A also is great for skin (and vision!).
Daily Rx: Add some kale to your salad or sandwich. A serving size is 3 cups raw, or 1 cup cooked.
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Blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect skin from harmful free radicals that damage the collagen that keeps our skin firm. They are also loaded with vitamin C.
Daily Rx: Sprinkle a cup of blueberries over your yogurt or breakfast cereal each morning.
3. Hemp Oil
No, you don't have to be from Colorado to enjoy oil from the marijuana plant. Hemp oil is legal everywhere and full of Omega 3s and gamma linoleic acids (GLA). These work to make sure you have healthy hair and skin while reducing inflammation.
Daily Rx: "You can pour some on a salad or veggies," says celebrity nutritionist JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet Cookbook series.
4. Red Wine
Red wine is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which may improve wrinkles and overall skin tone. This is why many cosmeceutical companies are adding polyphenols to their products. Look for "polyphenols," "grape extracts," or "resveratrol" (the specific polyphenol found in grapes) on labels.
Daily Rx: One glass a day for women and two for men. Remember a glass of wine is about 5 ounces. More may make you feel merrier, but the benefits associated with wine are limited to "moderate consumption." Cheers!
Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and can help your skin retain moisture, resulting in plumper, younger-looking skin.
Daily Rx: "Sprinkle flaxseeds on steel cut oatmeal, soup or even over a salad," Virgin says. Another great way to get more omega 3s is to toss some walnuts on your salad. Other Omega-3-rich foods include salmon, tofu, winter squash, and cauliflower, adds Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Susan Albers, author of EAT Q.: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence.
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