Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Eating well is just as important for beautiful skin as the products you put on your skin. I found a great article in the Energy Times magazine that listed the best foods for beautiful skin. My favorite is the dark chocolate, which I personally think should be a food group. ;) I've listed the highlights and created a link to the magazine at the bottom of this blog.

Dark Chocolate is packed with phytonutrients. The flavonols found in dark chocolate have been shown to increase blood flow - good for the heart and the skin. The recommendation is an ounce of at least 60% cacao chocolate.

Tomatoes provide beta-carotene, calcium, iron, lutein/zeaxanthin, lycopene, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and E. Wow, all that in a tomato!

Yogurt provides B-complex vitamins (stress defense), calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and probiotics to keep your system running smooth.

Blueberries contain anhtocyanins (protect collagen from free-radicals), ellagic acid, lutein/zeaxanthin, potassium, and vitamins C and E.

Walnuts offer copper, ellagic acid ( a potent antioxidant that helps ease inflammation and retard collagen breakdown), L-arginine, manganese, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and vitamin E.

Spinach provides alpha lipoic acid (ALA) (works with other antioxidants in the skin to reduce inflammation caused by the sun), beta-carotene, folate, lutein/zeaxanthin, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins C and E.

There are more foods out there that a good for you so don't stop here. A wise doctor told me once "the key to health is a colorful plate." Make sure to choose organic as often as you can. A certified nutritionist friend told a class I was in that any food not organic can be GMO.

Wishing you wellness!


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