5 Winter Foods for great skin

What you put into your body will show the outside of your body!  Just as your tummy, heart and muscles need certain nutrients and vitamins to be healthy, so does the skin!

In winter it can be tough to reach for healthy foods, when if you’re anything like me, you want to reach for the comfort foods – especially when it’s cold outside!  But these 5 foods are awesome snacks if you can’t give up your grilled cheese & tomato soup for dinner (guilty!).  While you nourish your skin with these products, nourish your body with these foods.

Coffee – thank goodness for java!  And also that it’s good for your skin.  The European Journal of Cancer Prevention published a study showing that those who drank one cup of caffeinated coffee per day showed a 10% decreased risk in developing skin cancer.Coffee-Cup

Guava – the sweet, pink flesh of the guava fruit contains Lycopene which is a carotenoid that helps to keep your skin smooth and wrinkle-free!

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Carrots – Beta carotene & lycopene are both plentiful in this colorful veggie that has shown to help shield the skin against damaging UV rays.  UV rays are still an ever present danger to your skin in the winter, even when it’s cloudy!

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Spinach – chalk full of vitamins like K, C, and E this powerful leaf also has Lutein which is one of mother natures very best anti-oxidants.  Reducing the amount of free radicals on the skin is always in our best interest!

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Cocoa, Green Tea & Red Wine – whoohoo!  All of these warm winter drinks contain a chemical called epicatechin.  “Epicatechin is a flavonol that is found in certain plants, such as grapes, tea, and cocoa. Research has indicated that consuming products containing high levels of epicatechin may provide many health benefits. Specifically, it is thought to reduce the likelihood of many common diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.” (Source here)  The Journal of Nutrition also claims that eipcatechin improves skin texture by promoting blood flow to the skin.  Now that’s science I can support.

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