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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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                                Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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