Tuesday, October 27, 2009

5 Foods to Keep you Healthy Longer

From the Aging Fabulous Blog:

Who doesnt love avocado? Its a great source of œgood fat. Healthy monounsaturated fat helps reduce the bad cholesterol in your body, which can cause heart problems as well as dull, oily skin. Avocado is also a rich in vitamin E, which can help maintain younger looking skin. Additionally, the potassium in avocado reduces fluid retention (and who wants puffy eyes!).

You have probably heard tons of nutrition experts touting the benefits of berries ¦ and they are right! Blueberries, blackberries and even black grapes are rich in phytochemicals ” flavonoid-powerful antioxidants. They help your skin at the cellular level, protecting it against the damage caused by free radicals. Put down that donut in the morning and grab a bowl of berries instead!

Salmon, mackerel, sardines and other fish that are rich in essential fatty acids ” Omega-3 ” are great for your skin. They will help keep your skin moisturized and nourished. If you really hate fish, you can get Omega-3 from flaxseed, walnuts, and other nuts and oils.

Whole Grains
Whole grain breads and cereals are high in selenium, which plays a vital role in the health of your skin cells. Also, if you fill up on whole grains youll be less likely to eat bread, pasta and other products made from white flour. White flour effects insulin levels and can cause skin inflammation.

Green Tea
Okay, its not a food but its still important. A cup of green tea few days a week is terrific for your skin. Green tea contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that will help stave off free radicals, which make your skin prematurely age. Green tea can also reduce the risk of damage from ultraviolet rays, thus decreasing your risk of skin cancer.

And, of course, dont forget to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day!

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