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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 September 28, 2020

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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