While you can apply makeup, get botox, or style your hair, the best way to get natural beauty is to start on the inside. What you eat can have a profound affect on your complexion and your body in general Keep the following foods handy in your kitchen and make a point of adding them to your diet to enhance your natural beauty.
|Eat the whole citrus fruit for the fiber too.|
Citrus Fruits are rich in Vitamin C, which promotes healthy cell reproduction. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage -- free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage [source: University of Leicester].Be sure to eat the fruits whole instead of as juice only. The fiber is essential.
|Add fish oil to your diet for natural beauty.|
Fish Oil is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids such as Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Other useful essential fatty acids include Alpha-linolenic acid or ALA and Gamma-linolenic acid or GLA. Not only is fish oil good for the heart and warding off a variety of conditions, it is also beneficial for psoriasis and acne.
|Carrots are excellent for your natural beauty diet.|
Carrots are a rich source of Vitamin A and beta carotene which offer strong skin support. Carrots also help balance the pH of your skin surface, increasing the acidity slightly which kills bacteria.
|Sprinkle ground flax seed on your cereal.|
Flaxseeds are another good source of Omega 3 oils to use for natural skin care. Use ground and add to recipes or sprinkle on a fruit salad.
|Eggs support your natural beauty.|
Eggs contain several vital nutrients that support and skin and body function:
- Choline: necessary for healthy cell membranes in the body.
- B vitamins folate and riboflavin converts food into energy.
- Lutein is an anti-oxidant and is used in the retina of the body for blue-light absorption.
- Selenium supports a strong immune system and is a powerful antioxidant.
- Vitamin A is needed for general cell growth and healthy skin.
- Vitamin E is an antioxidant that works synthetically with vitamin C and selenium to prevent damage to your body from free radicals.
|You can never have too many green leafy vegetables in your diet.|
Green leafy vegetables are packed with anti-oxidants, B vitamins, fiber, calcium, iron, Vitamins A, C and E and are rich in carotenoids - beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. All these combined support healthy cell function and repair, and help clean out free-radicals and carcinogens from the body. Additionally, a diet that is heavy on the green leafy vegetables will aid in raising the body's pH to a more alkaline state; a state where disease cannot live.photo credits: D'Arcy Norman, magstefan, designkryt, thebittenword.com, KeRmo, brokenarts