Hello 2012! The New Year brings new goals, new hopes, and New Year’s resolutions! Most people choose general goals like “getting healthier” or “being happier”. However, the issue with this is that these goals are so vague that it’s hard to know where to start. So, this year try choosing a specific goal with a specific game plan. For example if you’re planning on eating healthier this year, try these 5 healthy foods that are not only good for you but are also beneficial for your skin.
Avocados contain Vitamin K, B-Complex vitamins and many essential oils. These vitamins help reduce redness, blotchiness and irritations while the essential oils keep your skin moist. The great anti-inflammatory features of avocados will help clear your complexion in no time.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Start switching out your white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes contain fewer calories, more fiber, and more Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps reduce the effects of frequent sun exposure and replenish the loss of vitamins through your skin. Sweet potatoes also contain more than 200% of your daily intake needs of Vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in skin repair and maintenance and therefore, lots of Vitamin A will help reduce wrinkles and acne breakouts.
Instead of going for the iceberg lettuce, go for the spinach. Iceberg lettuce is primarily composed of water and lacks in nutrients when compared to other lettuces. Green leafy vegetables, like spinach, contain high levels of nutrients that are great for your skin, like Vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 plays a crucial role in skin health and B2 deficiencies usually result in oily, dry skin and acne problems. Spinach is also rich in fiber and other vitamins, like Vitamin A and E, which play a large role in skin repair.
These little guys are magical! Not only do they contain a bunch of Vitamin E, a natural moisturizer, but they can also reduce your risk for heart disease and lower your LDL cholesterol levels (the bad type of cholesterol that is linked to cardiovascular problems). So, go nuts and eat away!
5. Acai Berries
This fruit is filled with vitamins and antioxidants that do wonders for your skin and body. The Acai berry contains more antioxidants than any other fruit! The antioxidants help reduce free radicals from your body and thereby, prevent premature aging. The berry has high levels of essential fatty acids that help moisturize and protect the skin.
So, this year instead of saying you’ll eat healthier, be sure to have a set game plan and include some of these foods to help improve your overall health and complexion!