Everyone likes the look of healthy skin. A beautiful complexion is not only attractive, but it’s also a sign that the rest of your body is pretty healthy, too. When your skin is supple and free from blemishes, you look younger and feel younger, too. With that in mind, this health e-letter is going to offer some health advice about the five foods you should include in your weekly diet to help protect your skin from aging.
Number five on the list is oysters. Don’t like oysters? You might want to rethink your position. Oysters are very high in zinc. Zinc is a mineral that is needed for the production of new skin cells and for getting rid of old, dead skin. The two actions together help to give your skin that healthy glow.
Food number four is grapefruit. Grapefruit — and other citrus fruits — are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen. Collagen is the basic structure of your skin and starts breaking down when you are in your 30s. Help slow down this process by eating lots of fruits high in vitamin C.
Sweet potatoes are number three on the list. Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which helps prevent cell damage and premature aging.
Food number two is almonds. Almonds are high in vitamin E. Vitamin E protects your skin against free radical damage caused by UV radiation from the sun and toxins in the air.
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The number one food isn’t really a food. Water is your best defense against aging skin. You need to keep your body and your skin hydrated. Dehydrated skin contains less moisture and ages more quickly. Go for filtered water that has chlorine removed. Chlorine can dry your skin.
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