Eat these foods for healthy beautiful skin

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Believe it or not, what you eat affects how supple, soft and healthy your skin is more than what you put on the outside of it. That’s because lotions, creams and oils do nothing but sit on the outside of your skin – they don’t actually penetrate beneath the surface. However, eating the right foods will nourish your skin from the inside out. Here are some delicious – and healthy – foods you may want to try to get the moisturized, glowing skin you want.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which studies are showing help to prevent skin from burning when outdoors. Results show that people who increased their lycopene intake with tomatoes (or carrots) experienced 50% less reddening after UV light exposure than those who did not increase their lycopene intake. It should be noted, however, that those who experienced less skin reddening ate fresh tomatoes – those who took supplements did not experience any significant protection from UV rays.

Tofu

Tofu is an excellent source of isoflavones, which aids in protecting collagen from breaking down. Mice who were given  isoflavones had notably smoother skin and less wrinkles after being exposed to UV rays than the mice who were exposed and had not been given isoflavones. Replacing meat in your diet with tofu a few times a week may increase your isoflavone intake enough that you will notice softer, smoother skin over time.

Bell Peppers (Specifically, Red)

Red bell peppers contain a high amount of vitamin C, which has been shown to help protect the skin from UV exposure. Vitamin C may also help repair damage that has already been done from spending too much time in the sun without adequate skin protection. It’s not hard to get enough vitamin C in your diet – if you don’t enjoy red bell peppers, try having a fresh papaya as a snack, or you can go to the old standard and eat a few oranges or down a nice, tall glass of cold OJ.

Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp And Other Omega-3 Rich Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the body in more ways than one. These acids help promote heart health, healthy vision and have many other benefits for the body. Supple, firm skin is also one of those benefits, as Omega-3 helps preserve collagen.

Consuming a diet rich in these amazing “skin foods” will not only help you achieve the gorgeous, radiant skin that will make you glow from the inside out, they’re also great for your overall health. Eat up!

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5 New Summer Foods You Must Try

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Summer is the perfect season for indulging in deliciously fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets are packed with round, delectable tomatoes and peaches bursting with flavor. But what if you’re craving something a little bit different this summer? Here are five amazing new foods that you’ve got to try at least once this season!

Dragon Fruit         

This vibrantly colored fruit is actually a member of the cactus family. It’s hot pink and green skin gives way to a crunchy, sweet white flesh that tastes similar to a pear or a kiwi.

How To Use: Try dragon fruit in a smoothie or juice drink.

Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are a delicious variation on traditional oranges and have deep scarlet red sections hidden beneath the customary orange skin. Packed full of the antioxidant anthocyanin (the component responsible for its maroon colored flesh), this fruit is sweeter than your average orange.

How To Use: Blood oranges are excellent when eaten like a typical orange, or you can juice them to make a healthy, delicious tasting fresh blood orange juice.

Red Pummello

Do you love the flavor of grapefruit but hate how bitter it can be? Try a red pummello. Their flavor is quite similar to that of a grapefruit, but are significantly sweeter.

How To Use: These are easy to peel, and you can eat like a typical grapefruit with just a light dusting of sugar. You can also add them to juices instead of oranges or other citrus fruit.

White Asparagus

White asparagus has the same flavor as your typical green asparagus, but are much more tender and considered a delicacy in Europe. This type of asparagus is actually grown without exposing the plant to the sun’s rays, which keeps it from producing green chlorophyll.

How To Use: Steam or grill like traditional asparagus. White asparagus will maintain its blanched appearance even after cooking. Do not overcook, or they will become soggy.

Tomatillos

A tomatillo is a staple in Mexican cuisine and looks like a little, firm green tomato with a thin husk. They are more tart than a typical tomato and have a full, round flavor.

How To Use: Chop and add to Mexican dishes. Tomatillos are more flavorful when cooked until soft.

This summer, keep an eye out for new foods you can try. More fruits and vegetables are available in the summer, and you can create a truly diversified diet rich in nutrients simply by trying foods you’ve never tried before!

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