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Just now I was procrastinating by checking my e-mail instead of writing my weekly blog posts, when I stumbled upon something that was the jumpstart to my next post. My sister had e-mailed me an article of 18 foods that can make your skin glow. This was posted in a blog on Yahoo!‘s website.
The first thing I thought of when I saw it was that it’s interesting and almost ironic that it was a blog post. This showed me just how much the popularity of blogs is growing. If I received this e-mail showing me an interesting blog post, then I could just imagine the world of things that blog writers are putting out there, which is then spread to others via e-mails or other networking.
Anyway, according to this article, eating certain foods can be more beneficial to skin than we realize. Instead of wasting a ton of money on unnecessary creams and the like in an effort to nourish skin and look younger, etc., the same effect can be obtained just by eating fruit. Not only are they already essential for nutritional purposes, this will be an additional incentive to add them to your daily diet.
The post cites Manhattan dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD., as its main source. According to her, eating sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and cantaloupe produce pigments and replenish your skin with antioxidants, which makes skin firm without the pricey Botox treatments. Vitamin C maintains collagen in the skin and is necessary to fight wrinkles. It could be found in abundance in citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. Green tea is the best source of antioxidants out of all the teas, and it contains the largest amount of the specific antioxidant called EGCG. It is anti-inflammatory and thus helps fight acne and skin aging due to exposure to sun. Spinach, turnip greens, and broccoli are the leafy greens recommended most since they supply the skin with vitamin A. This keeps cell growth and keeps the skin smooth. As for seafood, salmon, trout, tuna, Atlantic mackerel, sardines, Pacific herring and shellfish contain plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and protein, which restore skin. Omega-3s fight inflammation and protect against sunburn, while proteins encourage cell repair which adds a glow to the skin.
Reading this article was very informative and made me want to go grocery shopping and start taking care of my skin. I would be killing two birds with one stone since the suggested food is also healthy and nutritious for the body as a whole. So if you want to fight or prevent wrinkles, check out the source and start chewing!