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15 Delicious Foods You Should Eat for Healthy, Glowing Skin

15 Delicious Foods You Should Eat for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Healthy food has a lot of benefits. Sometimes it’s not very clear what food helps which problem. No matter your age, you probably have a hard time keeping your skin clear and glowing. Have no fear, because we did the research for you! Here is a list of 15 delicious foods that you can eat to get your skin healthy, clear and glowing.

As you read on, we will show you how the food effects your skin along with suggestions on how to eat it. So let’s get to it!

1. Tomatoes

Tomato

    Besides vitamin C, tomatoes are rich in Lycopene. This is an antioxidant that blocks UV rays and protects your skin against damage like sun spots, sun burn, dryness and wrinkles.

    How to eat it: Cut the tomato in small dices. Add some salt, pepper, oil and balsamic vinegar. If you like, you can add in some cucumber or other vegetable to your liking. Mix together and enjoy your little salad.

    2. Olive Oil

    OliveOil

      Olive oil is one of the most important oils for healthy skin. It contains healthy fatty acids, which keep your skin young. It also has the antioxidant polyphenols which stops free radicals from doing damage and softens your skin.

      How to eat it: Slice up some bread of your choice. Drizzle some olive oil and sea salt over it. It is simple but very tasteful.

      3. Dark Chocolate

      Chocolate

        Yes, you should eat chocolate very day. The flavonols in chocolate hydrate your skin and make it firmer. For the best result, eat chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao.

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        How to eat it: Well, it’s not to hard. Just get some dark chocolate and break off some pieces. Enjoy like you always do when eating chocolate!

        4. Yogurt

        Yogurt

          Yogurt contains both vitamin A and acidophilus. Vitamin A helps protect against damaging UV rays. Acidophilus is a bacteria that helps intestinal and skin health.

          How to eat it: Cut up some banana or strawberries. Add in a bowl the fruit, some yogurt and honey to taste. I personally even like to add some cinnamon.

          5. Green Tea

          Green Tea

            Green tea contains the antioxidant EGCG. Green tea has a lot of benefits. It fights inflammation, reduces the chance of skin cancer and fights redness. The antioxidant stimulates blood flow and helps get oxygen to the skin.

            How to drink it: Boil some water. Take your favorite mug and add the boiled water. Add the tea bag, and a squeeze of lemon or any other citrus fruit. Citrus helps the antioxidant to stay active longer.

            6. Walnuts

            Walnuts

              Walnuts have omega-3 fatty acids which help to keep your skin soft and keep it from drying out. They also contain copper which helps with the production of collagen.

              How to eat it: You could just eat them on their own, or you can make a snack mix! Combine some walnuts with some dried fruit and chocolate pieces. Eat them together for a delicious and healthy snack!

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              7. Pomegranate

              Pomegranate

                Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants. Pomegranate fights inflammation. The antioxidants also fights free radicals and regulates the blood flow to the skin.

                How to eat it: Take the seeds out of a pomegranate. In a bowl, add arugula, carrot, crumble some goat cheese and top with the pomegranate seeds. If you like, you can use mustard vinaigrette as a dressing.

                8. Soy

                SoyBeans

                  Soy contains minerals and proteins that even out your skin. It reduces hyperpigmentation. The isoflavone in soy helps to keep your skin elastic by keeping the collagen from breaking down.

                  How to eat it: Add soymilk, frozen berries, banana, soy protein powder, ice cubes and some honey in a blender. Mix until you have the right smoothie consistency and enjoy!

                  9. Peppers

                  BellPeper

                    Have crow’s feet? Don’t worry. Eating bell peppers helps fight the wrinkles, especially around your eyes. Peppers have antioxidants that fight aging of the skin.

                    How to eat it: Cut open a yellow or green pepper, so it is like a bowl. Stuff with tomato, spinach leaves, olives, some goats cheese and some croutons. You can eat the whole pepper with the filling!

                    10. Carrots

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                    Carrot

                      Carrots contain beta carotene which is involved in the growth and repair of body tissue. It is a form of vitamin A, which protects against sun damage.

                      How to eat it: Place carrot, pineapple, ice and banana in a blender. Mix until smooth. Enjoy your smoothie!

                      11. Pumpkin

                      Pumpkin

                        Pumpkin has vitamin A, C and E. The keeps your skin young and cleanses it. Pumpkin also contains hydrating properties keeping your skin elasticity great.

                        How to eat it: Although there are many ways to eat it, here is a recipe you might want to try. You can mix apple cider, pumpkin puree, cinnamon sticks, cloves and rum for a festive drink.

                        12. Oatmeal

                        Oats

                          Oats are whole grains. It takes a while to be broken down in your body, which results in a more stable blood sugar level. This is important for your skin, because spiking blood sugar causes pimples and spots.

                          How to eat it: Take a mug or jar and add oats, some chia seeds, cut up fruit like banana or apple and finish by filling it up with milk. Preferably almond milk. Cover it and let it stand in the fridge overnight. Great for a morning on the run.

                          13. Spinach

                          Spinach

                            The main nutrients in spinach are vitamin A and C. Like stated before, these are important for your skin to keep it soft, flexible and young. It also helps to make your skin strong and keep it moisturized.

                            How to eat it: Use it as the base for a salad. Add any vegetables you like. Try in combination with sunflower seeds, dried tomatoes goat cheese, some olives and oil. This makes a great Meditarranean-like salad.

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                            14. Blueberries

                            Blueberry

                              Blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants which neutralize free radicals. Blueberries also have vitamin C. This helps with the prevention of visible veins.

                              How to eat it: Take a bowl and place yogurt, blueberries and honey in it. Add some granola if you like. This is an easy and delicious way to eat them.

                              15. Kidney beans

                              Beans

                                Beans have a lot of protein and many vitamins. They help your body with digestion and help with detoxification. A good inside makes for a glowing outside!

                                How to eat it: Take one tortilla. Top with lettuce, kidney beans, tomato, corn and onion. Roll up and enjoy!

                                Features Photo Credit: Tomato, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Yogurt, Green Tea, Walnuts, Pomegranate, Soy, Pepper, Carrot, Pumpkin, Oatmeal, Spinach, Blueberries, Kidney Beans.

                                Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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                                Published on November 14, 2018

                                Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                Symptoms of Fatigue

                                Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                • mental blocks
                                • lack of motivation
                                • headache
                                • dizziness
                                • muscle weakness
                                • slowed reflexes and responses
                                • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                • moodiness, such as irritability
                                • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                • reduced immune system function
                                • blurry vision
                                • short-term memory problems
                                • poor concentration
                                • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                Causes of Fatigue

                                The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                Anemia

                                Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                Diabetes

                                Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                Sleep Apnea

                                Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                Thyroid disease

                                An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                • Lack of sleep
                                • Too much sleep 
                                • Alcohol and drugs 
                                • Sleep disturbances 
                                • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                • Poor diet 

                                Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                1. Tell The Truth

                                Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                • How you feel
                                • What time of day it is
                                • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                • How your mind and body reacts

                                This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                4. Express More Gratitude

                                Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                5. Focus On Yourself

                                Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                7. Take a Power Nap

                                When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                8. Take More Exercise

                                The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                10. Improve Your Diet

                                Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                12. Get Hydrated

                                Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                The Bottom Line

                                These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                Reference

                                [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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