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10 Miracle Foods That Will Give You Younger-Looking Skin

10 Miracle Foods That Will Give You Younger-Looking Skin

You are what you eat — this is absolutely true when it comes to healthy and glowing skin. Your skin takes a little over a month to replenish itself (shed old cells and replace them with newer ones). This new skin comes from the food you eat. Here’s a quick glance at superfoods that are particularly helpful for fighting the signs of aging.

If you’re concerned that you might not have a ton of time every day to prepare elaborate meals to include these ingredients, then rest easy. We’ve got you covered with some easy ways to incorporate these skin essentials that will keep you looking younger for longer.

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    1. Berries

    Berries are full of antioxidants (vitamin C and A) for healthy skin. In addition, they are also rich in Ellagic acid that fights inflammation and wrinkles. Berries can be incorporated in a multitude of ways, from breakfast oatmeal to mid-afternoon snacks to smoothies. Here’s a quick skin superfood smoothie to get your anti-oxidant fix:

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    • In a blender, toss in half a banana, 1 cup of blueberries, 1 teaspoon of honey, and half a cup soy milk (or vanilla yogurt).
    • Blend, pour, and enjoy!

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      2. Tomatoes

      Yes, tomatoes. Loaded with Lycopene that protects skin from environmental and free-radical damage, tomatoes are a wonderful anti-aging addition to your diet.

      Keep it simple with a fresh pasta sauce. Here’s how with fresh cherry tomatoes:

      • Saute onions and garlic in a pan.
      • Toss in cherry tomatoes, sprinkle in some salt and pepper and continue cooking.
      • Pour over your favorite pasta, made al-dente, and enjoy!

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        3. Almonds

        Not only does vitamin E protect skin from UV-related damage (oxidative damage that leads to aging) but it also smoothes and improves skin elasticity. Almonds are a great way to include vitamin E in your diet.

        Combine almonds with blueberries for an antioxidant-rich, skin-smoothing breakfast with this easy oatmeal recipe:

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        • Heat 1 cup of oatmeal with 1.5 cups of boiling water.
        • Add 1 teaspoon of honey, half a cup of almond shavings, and a handful of blueberries.
        • Sprinkle on nutmeg or cinnamon and enjoy!

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          4. Eggs

          Protein is the building block of tissue and muscle that maintains structure and firmness beneath your skin. Eggs are high in protein. Having eggs for breakfast does double duty for maintaining a stable energy level and maintaining skin elasticity.

          Add some flavor to the basic egg with this fast scrambled egg recipe:

          • Saute onions and tomatoes.
          • Toss the egg in and scramble.
          • Add salt and pepper to taste. For a spicier twist, try chopped Habanero or Scotch bonnet pepper.

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            5. Avocado

            Omega-9 in avocado is a powerful monounsaturated fatty acid that helps regenerate damaged skin. This is especially good for calming redness or skin irritation. Not to mention, the vitamin E and C also give an antioxidant boost.

            For a quick and healthy snack, try this:

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            • Try sliced avocado on toast with a sprinkle of salt, OR
            • Mash avocado with salt and a dash of chilli flakes for an easy spread.

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              6. Turmeric

              Aside from having some marvelous health benefits (improving brain health, regulating blood sugar, and even reducing risk of cancer) turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice that tones skin and evens out skin complexion.

              An easy way to increase your turmeric consumption without having to make complex curries is to drink it in warm milk for a night cap:

              • Add 1/4 teaspoon of pure turmeric powder to  warm milk.
              • Add 1/4 teaspoon honey and a dash of nutmeg and you will have a natural sleeping aide that doubles as a skin tonic.

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                7. Broccoli

                Quercetin is a rich antioxidant found in broccoli that helps improve your skin’s complexion. Say goodbye to tired skin when you keep broccoli in your refrigerator for this easy salad that amps up your fruit and nut mix:

                • Add 1 cup (raisins and cranberries) to 1.5 cups of broccoli florets.
                • Add chopped red onion (1/4 cup).
                • For a light dressing add oil and vinegar, toss and enjoy!

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                  8. Salmon

                  Wild salmon is the best source of Omega-3 fatty acid, which is integral to improving skin elasticity and minimizing the look of wrinkles.

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                  For an easy salmon fix after a long day:

                  • Make a rub with dried basil, salt, and garlic (use paste or powder) and rub it onto the fillet.
                  • Melt butter in a skillet and cook the salmon until brown and flaky.
                  • Garnish with fresh lemon slices and enjoy!

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                    9. Spinach

                    Kale seems to be getting all the attention these days, but its relative spinach has just as much to offer for younger-looking skin. Aside from vitamins A and C, spinach is rich in Luetin, a chemical that increases skin’s moisture level and improves skin’s elasticity.

                    If having it in salads is too clichéd, then try this spinach sauté topping on toast or your favorite bread:

                    • Saute onion and garlic in olive oil. Add sliced tomatoes.
                    • Toss in chopped spinach and cook until the spinach has reduced in size.
                    • Use as a topping on toast. Amp it up with shaved toasted almonds for an extra punch and serve as an appetizer.

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                      10. Green Tea

                      Rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, green tea is your go-to for defense against UV-related skin damage, which is one of the major causes of skin aging.

                      Make yourself a powerful yet delicious antioxidant drink with this simple recipe:

                      • Steep one bag of green tea in boiling water.
                      • Add honey, a touch of ginger (ginger paste is the easiest), and a few slices of lemon.
                      • Let cool and drink over ice for a non-traditional tea sipper.

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                      Last Updated on July 8, 2020

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                      1. Understand Yourself Better

                      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                      3. Become Aware of What Matters

                      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                      4. Boost Creativity

                      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                      6. Process Life Experiences

                      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                      7. Stress Relief

                      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                      8. Provide Direction

                      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                      9. Solve Problems

                      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                      10. Find Relief From Fighting

                      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                      11. Find Meaning in Life

                      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                      14. Let the Past Go

                      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                      15. Allow Freedom

                      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                      16. Enhance Your Career

                      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

                      Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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