9 Foods that Make you GLOW

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When it comes to healthy-looking skin, what you put in your body often matters more than what you put on it.
 
Processed foods, sugar and junk food rob your skin of its natural luster but whole foods filled with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants can help you radiate from the inside out.
 
Here are 9 foods that will give you a coveted summer GLOW:
 

1. Avocados

Pass the guacamole. Avocados are full of essential fatty acids that protect skin cells and prevent aging. They are also rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E that nourish and hydrate the skin.

 

2. Berries

Berries on berries on berries. There are plenty of delicious options to choose from: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. All of them are full of antioxidants that protect your skin from free radicals and UV damage.

 

3. Citrus

Pucker up- these tart fruits have an abundance of vitamin C which is important for the protection of skin cells and the production of collagen. The presence of amino acids, proline and lysine, are also responsible for giving your skin that youthful glow.

 

4. Watercress

This peppery leafy green is stocked up on minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that protect and beautify skin. Dubbed the “facelift plant”, a recent study showed that adding one bag a day to your diet can actually plump wrinkles, reduce fine lines and improve the overall texture and tone of your skin.

 

5. Tomatoes

Lycopene doesn’t just give tomatoes their bright red coloring, it also stimulates circulation and helps protect the skin from sun damage. The high content of vitamin C assists in the production of collagen giving you smoother, more youthful skin.

 

6. Watermelons

Watermelons are 92% water so not only will they quench your thirst, but they will hydrate your skin leaving it looking soft and supple. They also fight free radicals and help replenish your natural collagen.

 

7. Nuts

Almonds, walnuts, pecans – go nuts! Nuts contain a high doses of vitamin E, selenium, omega-3 fats and zinc which are all helpful in upping your collagen levels and protecting your skin cells from damage. Nuts also are high in fiber content; which helps the colon function and takes pressure off the skin to release waste.

 

8. Pineapples

Pineapples are rich in vitamins, minerals and the very important enzyme bromelain. This inflammation-fighting agent helps create clear, vibrant skin while reducing puffiness and redness.

 

9. Carrots

Don’t pass on the crudite. The beta carotene in carrots is a skin-friendly nutrient which the body converts into Vitamin A. It provides protection against UV damage and helps fight against signs of premature aging.


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