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5 Foods That Actually Make You Glow

We are what we eat, and that means that the foods we eat dictate our health. When people start to monitor their diet, they concern themselves with body fat and muscle building. But if you also spend some time focusing on the right foods to eat for healthy skin, then you can look younger and feel better.

Avocado

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Many people are familiar with the long list of health benefits that avocados offer, but not enough people are familiar with how good the avocado can be for your skin. This is a fruit loaded with vitamins C and E, both of which are universally recognized as being very good for your skin. One of the knocks against avocados has been that it contains a high concentration of fat. But the truth is that the Omega-3 fatty acids in avocados are actually very good for your skin.

Fish

Fish market

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Fish oil is another substance we often associate with good health, and there are a lot of factual reasons for that. As far as your skin goes, seafood contains those Omega-3 fatty acids that have been proven to be helpful in maintaining skin health. To help out with your complexion and enhance the effects of your dark spot corrector, fish is also rich in zinc.

Mangoes

Mango, манго - дары тропиков

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When you talk about foods that are good for the skin, mangoes do not usually enter into the conversation. However, mangoes are loaded with vitamin A, which is one of the essential building blocks for healthy, new skin cells. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant, which can help fight the effects of aging that can appear as spots and wrinkles.

Fiber

grain

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Whole grain breads and fiber-enriched cereals are great sources of fiber and effective ways for keeping your skin healthy. Fiber has nutrients such as zinc and vitamin B6, which help to keep the skin clear of blemishes and acne. You just need to make sure that you are eating whole grain fiber and not processed fiber, such as the kind that you can get in certain breads. Read the product labels and insist on buying products that are high in real fiber.

Broccoli

 

Broccoli

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Few foods make children’s’ faces frown more than broccoli. But the truth is that broccoli is one of the foods you can eat to help retain that healthy skin glow. Broccoli contains high concentrations of vitamins E and C. Vitamin C is essential in creating new skin cells, and it also lends a hand in removing dead cells. Vitamin E is good for protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Together, these two nutrients do a great deal to help protect and rejuvenate your skin.

Investing in creams to help keep your skin moisturized is an important part of acne-treatment and making sure that you have clear and healthy skin. But you can do even more good for your skin by making sure that you eat foods that are rich in the nutrients that your body needs to maintain glowing and radiant skin.

Resources:

http://www.skincarebeautyzone.com/skin-care/top-10-foods-that-will-give-you-great-skin/

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/nutrition/5-foods-for-beautiful-skin.htm

http://www.lifescript.com/health/centers/psoriasis/living_with/nutrition_and_exercise.aspx?gclid=CK7Y9MTrvbQCFcyf4AodSj8AxQ

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-foods-for-clear-skin.html

http://www.joybauer.com/photo-gallery/8-foods-for-gorgeous-skin.aspx

  • http://selfstairway.com/ Vincent Nguyen

    Hi Charli,

    I was wondering if you think it’d be a good idea to also include a side note for supplements as well? They are simple ways to get your Omega-3s in through pills and same for vitamins without having to worry too much about specific foods. Just a thought!

    • http://www.theconfidencelounge.com/ Aaron Morton

      I would say if you are new to looking at improving your food to not focus on supplements at all. Focus on getting the right nutrients from solid food then when you have got that sorted then consider looking at supplements..Aaron

      • http://www.acalltoaction.net/ Trevor Wilson

        I second this opinion. It’s all too easy for people to neglect eating real food and simply tell themselves their multivitamin will make up for it. Supplements can be useful, but they are lacking many of the cofactors necessary for proper absorption. They are *not* the same as wholesome food.

        Cheers!

    • Charli Radke

      Hi Vincent! I am going to agree with Aaron and Trevor.  If you want to improve your overall health, it should be included in your everyday routine so try and include these in your everyday life.  If your days are fast paced, like mine are, and you can’t seem to get the all of the proper vitamins daily, then I would say natural supplements are a nice alternative.  I personally take natural supplements and include other foods in my diet.

      Thanks for commenting and I hope this helps you.

      *This is just my personal opinion not a professional recommendation*

      • http://selfstairway.com/ Vincent Nguyen

        Wow, thanks for all the honest replies guys. I definitely agree and didn’t take into consideration that people may see the recommendation of supplements as an easy way out of avoiding real food. Great arguments! I suppose it’s better after all to leave supplements off the list. 

        • Charli Radke

          Glad we could all help!  Eating things to help your body definitely feels better than taking supplements.  I believe food works more naturally with your body’s cycle.  Thanks again for your comments!

          • Marjoh15

            not eating organic fruits/vegetables??? Read the dirty dozen of fruits n vegetables. U r throwing ur $ away n not benefiting from them… Eat Tilapia or any other farm raised fish??? Yukky!!! Heard of Genetically modified grains??? Read, get informed

  • Elviracastillo84

    Why people take supplements if there is a lot of real food to eat and keep a healthy body?

    • http://twitter.com/selimachour Sélim Achour

      Becos that’s what the doctor tells you to do.
      Becos that’s what the industry is pushing for sales.
      Becos it’s easier than to peal an avocado.

      Becos they don’t know better.

      • KitiG

        Or becos the quality of the fruit and veg is not the same – a research found that 15 years ago in 1 orange there were 96g of vit.C and in teh oranges now there is – 0.06g of vitamin C in 1 orange ……..

  • http://www.financialbailoutnews.com/10-ways-to-cut-your-grocery-bill/ Morgan@Financial Bailout News

    Yum! I love avocados I eat them multiple times a week, they are also good for your skin if you use them in making homemade face masks! 

  • http://twitter.com/mizlizburt Liz Burt

    Add to this: cut down on caffeine, 8+ glasses of water a day, cut out all sugary food and beverages – cut out all processed foods in general. I also had to cut dairy to keep acne at bay. Watch “Food Matters” and “Hungry for Change”

    • Grandmapixie

      That’s too many cut-outs :)

  • http://nrcissi.org/health/the-health-of-thyroid-and-adrenal-glands-will-boost-your-energy/ Manuel

     Among the 5 foods, mango is the one I love the most, sometimes avocado. It seems mango can give me extra energy, in fact when I am sick, I am contented by just eating mango. Regarding with vegetables, I bet for squash.

  • http://rpsmiles.com/category/latest-news Del Mar Dentist

     I love eating fruits and vegetables now than when I was younger. It might be because I need their benefits now. Is there a limit when eating fruits and vegetables or can we eat as many as we want?

  • http://thefatlossfactoryhq.com/ Ann

    I love munching on fresh broccoli when I’m craving something crunchy!  My nemesis is chips-or anything that crunches-and I find broccoli (or carrots) do the trick.  The secret is to have it portioned out for a quick grab and go!

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  • Isabella Brown

    Eating the food you love and getting added health benefits from it! Maintaining a clear and radiant skin may not be that hard. Nice article Charli!

    -http://www.beautylogic.com.au/