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What To Eat More This Fall To Keep Your Skin Healthy

What To Eat More This Fall To Keep Your Skin Healthy

What can you eat this fall to keep your skin healthy, soft and smooth while preventing wrinkles from forming? Ask a dermatologist or a nutrition expert. They will tell you that a well-balanced diet containing antioxidants will really help to keep skin supple, glowing and firm. These antioxidants are also going to be protagonists in fighting the aging skin battle. The link between nutrition and skin aging is well established by extensive research.

One useful way to start is to read the book called Ageless Face, Ageless Mind by Nicholas Perricone who is a dermatologist. To save you time, I can tell you about 10 superfoods that are going to give your skin a real boost this fall.

1. Blueberries

Of all the 40 fruits and vegetables which contain these antioxidants, blueberries come out on top as having the most, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

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Have you ever seen a peeled apple turning brown? This is the process due to oxidation and is set in motion by the free radicals in the body. They cause a lot of damage to body and skin cells. The best way to fight them is by eating foods which are rich in antioxidants which can slow down that process. The best antioxidants are the main vitamins A, C, B, and D together with lycopene, selenium, and lutein.

2. Carrots

These have lots of Vitamin A and other antioxidants which can help to reduce aging of the cells all over your body. Vitamin A is really useful in preventing those wrinkles and helps maintain smooth skin while keeping all those blemishes at bay.

3. Cauliflower

Did you know that the French king Louis XIV was a great cauliflower fan? This great and versatile vegetable has got loads of vitamin C which helps our bodies to make more collagen. Collagen comes from the Greek word for glue which is “kolla”. It is a protein which acts as a kind of glue and keeps ligaments, bones, tendons, and skin together. It gives skin its elasticity and structure.

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4. Cucumbers

Normally field cucumbers are available up to the end of October. They have two great elements for healthy skin. One is that they contain lots of vitamin C which is also great for protecting your skin from sun damage. They also contain caffeic acid which helps protect the skin cells from harmful UV radiation.

5. Turnips

Turnips contain lots of the vitamin B group. These include folate, thiamine and pantothenic acid. These are essential for a healthy nervous system but also healthy skin and hair. Vitamin B12 can keep skin pigmentation regular and even. Vitamin B5 is great for helping to keep acne and reddened skin under control. You may prefer to ramp up your vitamin B intake by using topical creams or supplements.

6. Wild salmon

One of the great values of Omega -3 fatty acids is that they can keep your skin moisturized. Wild salmon has lots of these so forget about the farmed salmon. As an added bonus, this wild salmon also has selenium which also protects the skin from the harmful effects of too much sun exposure.

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7. Oysters

There is some research which suggests that a zinc deficiency in your diet may contribute to acne and other skin problems. Ramping up on zinc through diet can help. Most fish like tuna and herring contain zinc but oysters are the best source of all. Chicken, beans, and chickpeas are great alternatives if you cannot get oysters. Zinc can be useful when skin cell renewal and repair are necessary.

8. Strawberries

Lots of vitamin C in these as well. There is now research that shows people have better skin and fewer wrinkles if they eat lots of foods which have high levels of vitamin C, according to a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. If you can get strawberries this fall, go for them as they are better for your skin than oranges and other fruit.

9. Tomatoes

Another antioxidant we have mentioned above is lycopene and tomatoes have loads of them! Tomatoes can help to reduce reddening of the skin, can also help in keeping your skin moist, and are great for fighting cellular damage.

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10. Olive oil

You cannot go wrong with olive oil. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being in the top ten as a powerful antioxidant. You can apply it to the skin and of course you can consume it in salads and other dressings and sauces. Italians love olive oil poured over a piece of bread as a delicious, healthy snack. It is a staple of the Mediterranean diet which is one of the healthiest on the planet.

“Ancient Romans massaged olive oil into their skin….when used topically, olive oil results in smoother, more radiant skin.” – Dr. Perricone, dermatologist.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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