20 Foods That'll Help You Lose Belly Fat
19 Foods That'll Give You The Most Flawless Skin of Your Life
See ya, fine lines, acne, wrinkles, and dark spots. You don't stand a chance against these vitamin-packed foods.
When your metabolism slows down in the winter, so does your skin's natural exfoliation process. This can cause dead skin cells to accumulate, and the result is a dull-looking complexion, explains Judith Hellman, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital. To brighten things up, nibble on ¼ cup of these sweet bites. You'll get a healthy dose of vitamin A, which plays an important role in promoting the growth of healthy new skin cells, says Drayer. And unlike their fresh counterparts, dried apricots are easy to find all year round.
Think of this veggie as a tall drink of water, but with a satisfying crunch. Hydration is an essential part of maintaining beautiful skin, and cukes happen to be made up of about 96 percent water— more than most solid foods, including watermelon. They also contain silica, a nutrient that aids your body in producing hyaluronic acid. "This compound helps cells retain moisture so your skin appears plump and fresh," says Hellman. Toss 1 cup of chopped cucumbers with quinoa, tomatoes, and parsley for a filling grain salad.
Swap out your usual cold-weather comfort meal—looking at you, bacon mac and cheese—for one featuring this hearty, low-fat meat. A 3-oz serving delivers just over a quarter of your daily zinc (and under 2 g of saturated fat), a mineral that helps your body continue to churn out healthy skin cells and protects your skin against agers like UV rays and pollution. Some studies show that zinc may even help reduce acne. So in other words, that bowl of turkey chili has magic powers!
They're packed with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid that's a must-have for soft, supple skin. Essential fatty acids limit the loss of water and nutrients from your skin cells and may even prevent inflammation (in the form of scaly skin or redness) that can be brought on by chilly temps, says Lisa Drayer, registered dietitian and author ofThe Beauty Diet.Walnuts are pretty high in calories, so fortunately you don't need to eat tons of them to benefit: A ¼-cup serving (about 196 calories) delivers more than twice your minimum recommended daily intake of ALA.
Enough with the veggies—here's the skin boost that meat lovers are looking for. This staple poultry contains zinc and selenium, two minerals that rev up collagen production and help maintain hormone balance. In other words, it helps keep all those nasty period breakouts at bay. Halle-freakin-lujah.
Similar to chicken, shellfish such as clams, oysters, lobster, have tons of zinc, which helps keep your skin looking elastic and plump. Eating that extra lobster roll on your next vacation just got ten times better, no?
These little legumes are like nature's nip and tuck, says Joan Salge Blake, R.D. a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University. They're protein-rich, to help skin stay firm.
The tropical fruit is high in vitamin C, one of the most potent antioxidants for protecting skin from damage that leads to wrinkles.
These are rich in beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A, a nutrient that helps skin shed dead cells.
They're packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant that can aid in fighting skin-aging free radicals.
It's a top source of niacin, a B vitamin that keeps skin cells healthy, and selenium, an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from sun damage.
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