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10 foods to give you glowing, healthy skin

POSTED: March 16, 2017 9:01 a.m.
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Say hello to clear, beautiful skin with these 10 foods.

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What you eat directly affects your skin. Here are 10 foods to help you get rid of wrinkles and acne:

If you want to get rid of wrinkles:

1. Kale

Just one cup of kale includes 134 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. This vitamin is the key ingredient in many anti-aging creams because it plays a major role in the body’s collagen production. Collagen is a protein that helps your skin stretch and return back to normal. Younger people have a lot of collagen in their skin, and the amount decreases as you age.

Keep your skin young by blending kale into a smoothie for a natural and delicious anti-aging drink.

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal takes a long time to digest, which helps stabilize your blood sugar. Spiked blood sugar levels increase wrinkle-causing hormones in your body, according to Jessica Wu, MD. Top it with a few strawberries for an even more powerful wrinkle-fighting breakfast.

3. Salmon

Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin, both of which help prevent wrinkles. Experts suggest opting for wild salmon, as it will give you the most anti-aging benefits.

If you want to get rid of acne:

4. Kefir

The zits on your face aren’t only surface-level. The cause of acne actually lies deep in your gut. Kefir is a cultured dairy product, and is rich in friendly bacteria that reduces inflammation and protects the lining of the stomach.

Want to make eating healthy more fun? Blend kefir into a smoothie or turn it into a parfait by topping it with fruit and nuts.

5. Broccoli

Because acne is battled inside your body, adding broccoli to your diet is a great tactic. This vegetable contains vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system, including vitamins A, B3, C, E and K.

6. Garlic

Garlic contains allicin, a chemical that kills harmful bacteria and viruses in your body. This reduces inflammation, making those pesky pimples disappear. Add garlic to your next meal for some extra flavor and a clear face.

Double down:

Here are some foods that provide several health benefits with just one serving.

7. Strawberries

One cup of strawberries contains 84.7 mg of vitamin C. That’s more vitamin C than an orange! Watch those wrinkles fade away by eating strawberries for breakfast or swapping out your dessert with this sweet fruit.

Bonus: Strawberries are a natural teeth whitener when combined with baking soda. Mash the strawberries into a pulp and mix with baking soda. Spread the paste on your teeth and leave it on for five minutes. Brush and rinse to reveal clean, white teeth. Dentist Adina Carrel suggests trying this trick once a week.

8. Avocados

Avocados are loaded with vitamins C and E to keep those wrinkles under control. They can also relieve dry skin. Avocados contain oleic acid, which repairs damaged skin cells, reduces redness and moisturizes your skin.

9. Walnuts

Walnuts prevent inflammation and lock in moisture, leaving your skin acne-free and smooth. Their high amount of vitamin B also prevents wrinkles.

Bonus: Walnuts help your mood, too! This snack is full of omega-3 fatty acids, and studies show a link between a lack of these acids and depression. Another study found mood improvements in men just by eating walnuts every day.

10. Pomegranates

Eat pomegranates to prevent breakouts and reduce wrinkles. Pomegranates contain antioxidants that reduce inflammation, according to Dr. Ellen Marmur. This fruit is also full of ellagic acid, which helps reduce collagen breakdown - meaning pomegranates will plump your skin and make you look younger.

You can have healthier skin just by adding a few of these delicious foods to your diet. Give it a try and you’ll see the benefits!
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