After the Memorial Day barbecues, travel and binge eating hangover, it’s time to focus on our skin, especially the face.
In addition to the plethora of your face regimen, it’s important to treat wrinkles and fine lines from the inside out.
drink more green tea
Food rich in vitamin C will help sweep up ageing free radicals before they do any harm.
Plant polyphenols found in green tea help increase circulation to the skin. This boost in blood flow will help the cells receive more wrinkle-fighting nutrients.
(Chinese origins)- packing more Vitamin C than many citrus fruits, lychees provide more than the recommended daily dosage for adults in just a large handful of these super fruits. Also rich in Vitamins B-complex, folates, thiamin and niacin, lychees are powerful fighters against the flu, early aging and helps in metabolic functions.
A polyphenol called Oligonol is found in abundance in lychee- helping to protect against harmful uv rays, cancers and overall blood flow.
Its most lauded attribute is the high content of a polyphenol called xanthones- a biologically active compound rarely found in nature. Xanthones is believed to be a strong fighter against nearly every major known ailment to man, and along with mangosteen’s myriad of antioxidants and Vitamin C.
(Chinese origins)- this bright orange-colored fruit is sweet and juicy when properly ripe; if you taste a slightly bitter flavor and feel a sandpaper-ish sensation, the persimmon is either not ripe yet or just not a good one. Packed with an enormous amount of fiber and antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, B-complex and B-6, beta-carotene, manganese and lycopene, persimmons are considered to be one of nature’s super fighters against free radical damage.
(Iranian origins)- features a deep pinkish to red thick skin with hundreds of edible seeds. It’s a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as folic acid. This amazing fruit consists of three times as many antioxidants as both wine or green tea.
(Indonesian, Indian and Sri Lankan origins)- this bright yellow fruit with edible skin has a unique, tartly sweet flavor and like watermelon, is very low in calorie due to its high water content. Rich in fiber, Vitamins B-complex and C, folate and antioxidant flavonoids, starfruits, also known as carambola, are a strong anti-inflammatory and fights against high cholesterol, constipation and obesity. For those on weight loss programs, this is a “star” fruit to include as a prominent part of the diet.
The only caveat in eating starfruit is for those with kidney problems. Ongoing studies are attempting to determine why starfruit has had an adverse and sometimes fatal effect on people with unhealthy kidneys.
Benefits of avocado include anti-aging. Avocado is an amazing treatment that helps reduce wrinkles. Not only you can apply mashed avocado flesh to your skin as a facial mask, but also, when you eat avocado, it will help fight aging process from within. Everyone wants to keep their youthful good looks for as long, as possible and eating avocados can help. The antioxidants in the fruit will help to detoxify your body and help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, making your skin more supple and plump.
(South America, Central America and Mexico origins) Vitamin C is one of the strong points of papaya, providing a whopping 144% of the daily recommended value per serving, which is great as an infection fighter as well as a free radical-scavenging antioxidant. Other vitamins include 31% of the daily value in vitamin A, required for healthy skin, mucous membranes, and vision, and especially effective against macular degeneration. Papaya provides 13% of the DRV in folate, and good amounts of fiber and potassium, a cell and body fluid component that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
The B vitamins in papayas such as folic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), riboflavin, and thiamine (vitamin B1) are called “essential” because they’re required by your body, but not produced by your body, so they need an outside source to provide what is needed to metabolize – that’s why including foods like papaya in your diet is important.
Happy noshing my friends!