Friday, May 27, 2011

Five Foods For Clear Skin

I've always said that your food intake is crucial to having and maintaining clear skin. In general, avoid foods that are highly refined/ processed and high in sugar and fat, and consume more fibre, fresh fruits and vegetables.... I'm sure almost everyone knows this...right?!

BUT it is hard to totally abstain from the oh so delicious but unhealthy food that is so easily available and which we are constantly bombarded (through advertisements) to purchase! So what to do?! Simple...... we can still eat our favorite junk foods, but not as often, and try to include these 5 foods below in our daily diet. This way, we will keep ourselves sane, and yet make an effort to eat more healthily. Hopefully, we'll be eating less and less junk food, and more and more of the healthier food :)

5 Acne-Zapping Foods

1. Whole grains
When it comes to thwarting acne-causing inflammation, fiber-packed whole grains work like a charm. Whole grains carry a lot of antioxidants and stabilize blood sugar and prevent insulin spikes. But be careful when perusing grocery store aisles for whole-grain items–crafty label lingo can make a loaf of bread or box of pasta seem like a healthy choice, when in reality it carries only a small percentage of whole grains. You can check a product’s nutrition info to make sure it’s high in fiber and low in sugar. Even better: Forget wheat and give ancient grains like quinoa and millet a try.

2. Fish
Heralded as the premiere source of omega-3 fatty acids, cold-water, oily fish are loaded with anti-inflammatory eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The Clear Skin Diet lauds oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, anchovies, and sardines as the most potent choices for blemish-free skin.

3. Green vegetables
Packed with inflammation-fighting nutrients and loads of antioxidants, most green leafy veggies contain plenty of fiber, which helps slow the rise of blood sugar after eating.

4. Purple and deep red foods
According to The Clear Skin Diet, foods containing anthocyanins are high in antioxidants and help maintain blood flow to the skin, promoting optimum cell turnover (essential for keeping pores clear). Acai, pomegranates, purple carrots, black grapes, and beets are all great choices.

5. Green tea
Among its numerous health benefits, green tea also helps keep pimples from popping up. It’s chock-full of the antioxidant catechin EGCG, an effective anti-inflammatory. But beware of bottled green tea drinks, which often contain scads of added sugar and calories.

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