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Healthy Skin, Healthier Foods

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You’ve heard the saying “black don’t crack.” Glance at current photographs of 60-year-old Angela Bassett, 65-year-old Chaka Khan, 69-year-old Debbie Allen or 70-year-old Phylicia Rashad. Even look at supermodels 48-year-old Naomi Campbell or 63-year-old Iman. Seniors? Technically. “Stunning” is the most accurate way to describe them.

But with that said, what goes into the bodies of these varied shades of chocolate matter too. Now we’re not saying you have to dive into veganism the way Chaka Khan and Phylicia Rashad did. Salmon, eggs and dark chocolate (which sometimes has dairy in it) are commonly listed as healthy foods.

But some healthy food items specifically target healthier skin, and we want to share a few of the more popular ones. You can find these in your everyday produce or dry food section in Walmart, Target and other common retail stores.

No wrinkles, smooth living

To fight against skin cancer and wrinkles, focus on foods with selenium minerals:

  • Seafood (shrimp, snappers, oysters, cod, tuna, halibut)
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Meats such as cooked beef or light turkey

Keeping a sharp mind

To fight against free radicals leading noticeable physical signs of aging and mental concerns (ex. Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease): Fruits (berries, tomatoes, apricots, tangerines) Vegetables (sweet potatoes, spinach) Peppers Beans

Supple and sensual

To moisturize your skin and avoid dry, flaky texture, add Vitamin A foods to your grocery list:

  • Leafy greens (collards, cabbage, kale, romaine lettuce)
  • Fruits (oranges, cantaloupe)
  • Vegetables (carrots, yellow peppers)
  • Omega 3s and Omega 6s (flaxseed, walnuts)

Sunny days, smooth skin

To keep your skin firm and avoid sun damage, get familiar with Vitamin C and Vitamin E foods:

  • Citrus fruits (papayas, kiwis)
  • Vegetables (red bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts)
  • Nuts (peanuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds
  • Vegetable oils (safflower, corn, soybean)

These are but a few examples to include on your next grocery list. While we definitely believe that moisturizers such as shea butter and essential oils for physical and mental health are also important, paying attention to what goes inside of your body is just as significant.

Getting creative in the kitchen

So how do you start incorporating foods like these above into your food regimen the same way you do with your skincare? Start a little at a time, especially if some of these aren’t your cup of tea.

For example, if you make spaghetti, use whole wheat pasta and tomatoes but then mix in a teaspoon of flaxseed. Get used to the texture of it all before you start trying to eat these items on their own.

Or, maybe if you make a big pot of collard greens, make apricots your dessert. If fresh versions aren’t your cup of tea, dried apricots are pretty good. They also have dietary fiber and iron.

These are but a few ways to get creative in the kitchen. Tell us in the comment section what your creative ideas are for healthy eating to keep your skin glowing. Maybe you'll find a few new recipes from other readers!

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