They say beauty is what is on the inside of a person. That saying may be more true than figurative. Good nutrition is important for keeping our bodies running, but it’s just as important for every part of our life, including beauty. We are constantly trying to get our skin to look natural and glow, but what we put on the inside may have more impact than what we put on the outside. After all, you are what you eat. Getting a good balance of nutrition may be just the thing to clear up that skin and make you shine. So we’ve rounded up a list of 10 food items that are sure to benefit your natural good looks.
Tomatoes: Not only do they help a salad, and add a perfect touch to a good burger, tomatoes are great for your looks. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant shown to help fight illnesses of all kinds. They also have a lot of vitamins C and A.
Green tea: Studies all over the place find people who drink green tea have about a dozen health advantages over people who do not—from cancer prevention to longevity to gentler aging skin—all of this comes from its antioxidant polyphenols. Broccoli: A Harvard University study has found that broccoli’s nutrition profile has beat out all other vegetables. It has well documented anti-inflammatory effects, which help with everything from eye health to arthritis to hear disease and sun damage. It’s simple to cook and can be added to almost anything, so it’s easy to eat frequently.
Salmon: Not only a great tasting food, salmon has a lot of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, healthy fats, and vitamin B. All these lead to a nice glowing skin as a side effect.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: A much healthier, and better tasting, option to butter. Eating it can help heart-disease and cancer prevention. It has cholesterol-lowering good fats, and antioxidants, but make sure it’s extra virgin.
Dark Leafy Greens: Not the most exciting of foods, but they are loaded with vitamins and iron. Being extremely easy to prepare, and their ability to sneak into omelets, pastas, and salads, they are a great way to get the nutrition you need.
Walnuts: Loaded with monounsaturated fats, the good kind, these nuts are great for heart health, lowering cholesterol, boosting brain function, and reducing inflammation. Because of how loaded they are, you don’t need many to reap the benefits.
Blueberries: Being super low in calories and very high in vitamin C, fiber, vitamin E, and other brain-boosting nutrients, blueberries beat out 60 other fruits and vegetables in their antioxidant abilities according to a Tufts University study.
Dark Chocolate: Recent study showed that it has the capacity to protect skin from UV damage. And who doesn’t love hearing that chocolate is good for you?
Avocados: They’re nature's unadulterated butter, and they're also loaded with cholesterol-lowering power, potassium, folate, carotenoids, vitamin E, and happiness-inducing monounsaturated fats. So eat a couple more scoops of that guacamole when you can.