What Are Superfoods?
When it comes to the health and overall care of the skin, one thing is for sure–what you eat has a direct impact on how you feel from the inside out–especially your skin. Let’s start with superfoods (hence the title). According to Merriam -Webster dictionary, superfoods are foods rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health. Some examples include: salmon, broccoli, spices (cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne pepper, etc), ginger, tomatoes, leafy greens.
Superfoods increase energy and vitality, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure and may help to prevent or fight cancer and other diseases. — Kathleen Back Brady, Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat, 26 Feb. 2014
Superfoods play a vital role with our skin. They should be a staple within our diet and ingredients we use for skin care products. Five superfoods that guarantee gorgeous and glowing skin:
Tomatoes are the magic fruit, vegetable or whatever it is. From shining on our spicy main courses to being the salad favourite, it has the place for your skin too. Most of us apply it on our face as it makes a great face mask, and is the best source of lycopene.
Lycopene that we get from tomatoes is the best natural product out there for fighting aging. No matter if you cook tomatoes, eat them raw, or use them on your face, it has equally astonishing benefits in every way. From sunburn acne, to clear and flawless skin, tomatoes are definitely your calling.
Cinnamon tea and cinnamon pies are definitely goals, but raw cinnamon isn’t far behind in giving you gorgeous skin. It is especially best for people who have oily skin, and they miss the natural shine and glow.
This basic spice has the power to increase blood flow, shining the skin and increasing oxidants in it in return. It further reduces excessive oil production, ending your skin irritation. Sprinkle some cinnamon in your protein pancakes, muffins, yogurt, etc. to reap the benefits of this powerful–and tasty superfood!
3. Egg Whites:
Wrinkles and Fine Lines? Don’t worry, instead barge into your kitchen and take out an egg. Other than being one of the best source of protein, egg whites have essential amino acids that produce collagen. Collagen is extremely important for the overall health and suppleness of the skin.
When you eat eggs on a regular basis, the whites fight the fine line and wrinkles. The proper usage of egg whites can help in keeping you young for a good amount of time. Isn’t it all the more reason for not skipping breakfast every day?
4. Citrus Fruits:
This one isn’t just one food, but has the power of a team of fruits in it. The citrus fruits have a lot of benefits; from losing weight to great skin care. Citrus Fruits have Vitamin C that help calm down inflammation of the skin, lightens dark spots and even out the skin complexion.
Foods like or related to grapefruits, tangerines, and oranges should be on the top of your list. The citrus fruits are the gate to healthy body and gorgeous skin.
Turmeric is the choice of chefs while cooking food, bur for us, it is the choice for a clear and beautiful skin. The beauty gurus are busy using it in different ways, and we would recommend you to use it too.
Turmeric contains antioxidant that helps in fighting factors that dull the skin. It can renew the elasticity and firmness of the skin, and can also eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. We also promise that its taste isn’t a problem too. So, what are you waiting for? Try this featured Turmeric latte recipe in your Amp Up Fitness members area from City Press Juice & Bottle located in Chicago, IL!
BONUS SUPERFOOD: Collagen
Collagen is the most important–and abundant protein in connective tissue, skin, and bones. As we age, our bodies produce less and lower-quality collagen. Lack of collagen can cause problems from skin wrinkles, brittle nails, to leaky gut and osteoporosis. In food, collagen is found mostly in the “tougher cuts” of beef that contain a lot of connective tissues that we typically throw away today. Just think back to our ancestors days where they would’ve eaten these parts of the animal out of necessity.
The benefits of collagen are endless; however, we will focus on skin and hair health. Collagen increases hair and nail growth and strength. It also increases skin elasticity (say bye-bye to wrinkles) and reduces inflammation while promoting health and vitality. Collagen often the “throw away” parts of the animal and are therefore simnifically cheaper than our “lean cuts” of meat now-a-days.
Supplementing with collagen is the best way to reap the benefits without eating EVERYTHING from that specific animal (I am talking EVERYTHING…organs, tissue meat such as knuckles, liver, heart, shanks, shin meat, soaking animal bones, joints, tissues, etc.)
Collagen peptides are extracted from connective joints and tissues and put through an intensive form of processing (hydrolysis) to extra pure powdered collagen. It’s convenient, easy and tasteless as you can add the powder into any hot or cold drink, smoothie, or your favorite foods (soups, healthy dessert items, protein balls, dressings, etc.)
Trainer Haley started supplementing with Vital Proteins entire collagen line and has seen tremendous difference with nail strength, growth, restoring gut health and overall energy from day-2-day life’s tasks.
Featuring Guest Author’s Bio:
Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare remedies and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea and travelling is eternal. She ritually posts at The Smart Women Blog.