Foods that improve your looks

If we are what we eat, then it may be a good idea to take inventory of the foods the average person consumes on a daily basis. Although some foods are sought after for their taste, there are many foods that can be enjoyed because they have a positive effect on a person’s appearance.

Healthy Foods for women

Certain foods can work wonders on appearance and help keep the doctor away.

In the simplest sense, eating a healthy diet can help maintain a good body weight, which is one way to improve individual appearance. But more specifically, there are certain foods that have particular benefits for the skin, hair and body. The key is knowing what to eat.

Soy: Soy is rich in amino acids. This food, whether eaten as a soy bean or in the many foods made from soy, including tofu, can help the skin retain moisture and improve elasticity. Soy is also protein-rich, which can help a person feel full longer and avoid overeating.

Blueberries and cherries: These fruits are chock full of antioxidants, which studies show can reduce inflammation, a culprit of puffy, aging skin. Cherries are also a natural source of melatonin, which can help a person get a restful night’s sleep — another component of looking your best.

Fresh herbs: Seasoning food with flavorful herbs instead of salt is another way to improve looks. Salt is often a culprit in water retention, which can lead to bloating and puffiness. This is also advantageous to people who need to reduce salt intake thanks to high blood pressure or other ailments.

Lime, pear, apple, and strawberry: These power fruits are high in vitamin C and other nutrients, making them an important component of a healthy diet. Furthermore, some research has suggested that certain foods, including limes, pears and apples, can whiten teeth.

Egg products: Eggs are high in vitamin A, which helps repair skin. Not getting enough vitamin A may contribute to wrinkles.

Milk products: Consuming low- or nonfat dairy products helps promote strong bones and teeth. Nothing says beautiful more than a big, bright smile. B vitamins in dairy also help with red blood cell growth, cells that are responsible for bringing oxygen to other cells. This can promote healthy, young-looking skin.

Yogurt: Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria, which help with digestion. This can help cleanse out the system and prevent toxins from backing up in the body.

Water: Of course a person needs to stay hydrated, and water can flush the body of excess salt and toxins while also plumping the skin.

There are many nutritionally sound foods that can boost outward appearance as well.

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