I just returned from a fabulous, but jam-packed, four-day conference in San Diego and when I walked into the office this
morning my exhaustion and jetlag showed. There’s only so much coffee could do. (Here are 4
health reasons I won’t be quitting my coffee habit
, in case you’re interested.)
So what better time than now to talk about beauty foods for natural radiance?!
These 5 foods are worth adding to your grocery cart:
For your smile...
Raisins: You might think that because raisins are sweet and sticky, they’re not good for your
oral health. But research has shown that antioxidants in raisins fight the growth of a type of bacteria that can cause
inflammation and gum disease.
Other food solutions to try:
Green tea—a daily cup of green tea significantly lowered Japanese
men’s risk of developing gum disease. Find two more foods for a beautiful
For your skin...
Edamame: Collagen—the fibrous protein that keeps skin firm, youthful-looking and
wrinkle-free—begins to decline starting in your twenties! Eating edamame and other soyfoods may help to preserve skin-firming
collagen because it is rich in isoflavones. In a study published in the Journal of the American College of
Nutrition, mice fed isoflavones and exposed to ultraviolet radiation had fewer wrinkles and smoother skin than mice that
were exposed to UV light but didn’t get isoflavones. The researchers believe that isoflavones help prevent collagen
Other food solutions
: Sardines. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), one of the omega-3 fats in fatty
fish like sardines, has also been shown to preserve collagen. Find 15 more foods for beautiful
For your eyes...
Cucumbers: Place slices over puffy eyes—cucumber’s anti-inflammatory properties may help to
reduce swelling, says Alan Logan, N.D., co-author of Your Skin, Younger (Sourcebooks, 2010).
For your breath...
Parsley: This herb has been shown to help kick garlic breath. The polyphenols (compounds that
act like antioxidants) break down the smelly sulfur compounds in garlic. For the biggest benefit, combine garlic and parsley
in the same dish, though it may be possible to get the garlic-breath-fighting benefits of polyphenols by eating it in dishes
separate from the garlic, as long as they are consumed during the same meal.
Other food solutions:
Basil, apples and spinach are also rich in polyphenols.Find more
foods to help remedy garlic breath here.
For better sleep...
Tart cherry juice:
You’ve heard people say they need their “beauty sleep”—and it turns out
there’s some truth to that, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal
. (People rated study
participants as healthier and more attractive when they slept 8 hours a night compared to when they were sleep-deprived.)
Up your odds of getting
that much-needed beauty rest
by drinking a little tart cherry juice. In a small study, when adults with chronic insomnia
drank a cup of tart cherry juice twice a day they experienced some relief in the severity of their insomnia. Tart cherry
juice contains melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.
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