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Top Foods to Eat for Beautiful Skin

Top Foods to Eat for Beautiful Skin

If you are wanting to achieve truly beautiful skin, get out of the cosmetics section and into the produce aisle!  Beauty really is more than just skin-deep, and a clear and glowing complexion is often not a matter of choosing the right makeup but of eating the right diet. Below is a list of the very best foods you can eat for gorgeous, healthy skin.

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    Avocadoes

    It should come as no surprise that avocadoes are so good for your skin: they are simply one of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet.  What makes them so great for a lovely complexion is they are rich in biotin, a B-vitamin which supports the health of hair, nails and skin as well as vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which is also an excellent skin tonic.

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      Tomatoes

      Tomatoes are also part of a generally good-for-you diet, but what makes them so attractive from a dermatological point of view is the fact that they are such a rich source of lycopene. Lycopene is a natural plant compound which can help protect the skin from damage due to sun exposure. They also are high in compounds called carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants that reduce skin cell damage and slow the aging process. They are best if in their processed state, such as in the form of tomato juice, sauce or paste.

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        Salmon

        If you’re a salmon lover, rejoice! Eating this fish regularly is not just good for your heart, but for your skin as well. For one thing, it is one of the best natural sources for omega-3 fatty acids: a diet rich in these nutrients can leave the skin smoother and younger-looking and decrease the redness, dryness and discomfort of irritation and inflammation. As an added bonus, it also contains a compound called astaxrathin, which can help increase the skin’s elasticity and youthful-looking appearance.

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          Citrus Fruits

          What makes citrus fruits so attractive in regards to beautiful skin is their high amounts of vitamin C. Not only is it a powerful antioxidant compound to reduce oxidative stress in the skin cells, it also in needed for the formation of collagen, which gives structure and firmness of the skin and can help prevent wrinkles or sagging. It also has proven anti-inflammatory properties.

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            Eggs

            You will love your breakfast more than ever knowing that the eggs you are eating are going to help keep your skin beautiful. Eggs are rich in protein, which is needed for healthy skin cell growth, and are also a great source of vitamin A. This vitamin, along with zinc and vitamin C, is the most important when it comes to repair and renewal of the skin cells and its derivative, called tretinon, is used in many commercial products to fight acne.

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              Almonds

              Almonds are another super-food that are super great for  your skin! Like eggs, they are a great source of skin-nourishing protein and are also incredibly rich in vitamin E and selenium, to antioxidant nutrients which work together synergistically to protect skin from damage done by UV radiation.  The vitamin E is also able to moisturize the skin and prevent dryness, redness and inflammation.

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                Blueberries

                It is hardly surprising that blueberries would make this list, since they are not only incredibly rich in antioxidants (such as the anthocyanins that give them their deep, purple-blue color) but also in fiber.  Fiber is important because it can help to detoxify your body naturally and help remove impurities or harmful substances that can leave the skin dull or discolored.

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                  Spinach

                  Remember your mom chiding you to “eat your spinach” when you were a kid? This is actually one of the best foods you can eat for beautiful skin. It is a rich combination of nutrients that nourish the skin and keep in young, supple and smooth, including vitamins B, C and E, antioxidants like lutein, and omega 3 fatty acids.

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                    Dark Chocolate

                    Okay, admit it, it won’t be any chore to include this one in your diet! Dark chocolate is also incredibly rich in antioxidants to fight free radical damage to the skin and it also contains compounds that can help keep the skin hydrated and protect it from damage due to sun exposure.  However, in order for this to be affective, you must make sure that you are getting products that contain at least 60% cacao (this will usually be on the labels).

                    From dark chocolate to spinach to citrus fruit, the foods listed above will not only promote your general health: they also have the advantage of nourishing your skin and keeping it healthy and beautiful in a way that cosmetics can only hope to imitate.

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                    Last Updated on February 24, 2021

                    How to Find Workout Motivation When You Hate Exercise

                    How to Find Workout Motivation When You Hate Exercise

                    It’s easy to fall into a mindset where you hate exercise. It does, indeed, demand a lot from you. You have to use special clothes, develop a routine and exercise habit, get out of the comfort of your own home, and wear yourself out to the point where you just want to collapse into bed. Fortunately, while there are a lot of reasons to dislike exercise, there are even more reasons to love it.

                    If you want to stop hating exercises and making excuses to avoid it, here’s how to tackle each one of those exercise excuses, get into action, and give your body the attention it craves.

                    1. I Have to Exercise 30 Minutes Each Day to Get Results

                    Most of us have a number that we think we should hit in order to exercise “enough.” For some people, this is the daily recommended minimum of 30 minutes. For others, it’s 45 minutes of weight-training plus another 45 minutes of cardio.

                    I’m not going to put up a fight with your number here. What I am going to do is challenge your idea of starting with that number right away. You see, even though 30 minutes a day might not seem like a lot, 30 minutes a day for the next 5 years is actually too much for your habitual brain to process.

                    So yes, everyone can do 30 minutes of daily exercise for one week. But how many people can do that for the next 5 years?

                    Starting small has the advantage of bypassing your brain’s fight-or-flight response, the mechanism that make you sabotage yourself when you are trying to do something that seems “big” for too long and makes you hate exercise.

                    This way, instead of mindlessly starting with an exercise program, you focus on building the habit first, and then once you are exercising a little bit every day, you are ready to expand how much exercise you do.

                    2. I Don’t Want to Have to Force Myself to Do It

                    If you have to force yourself to do it, then there is a 90% chance that you are doing it wrong, and you will never stick to exercise.

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                    Some people are motivated by challenges and others pushing them, while others hate it.

                    If you are one of the people who hate it, stop trying to change yourself, and of course, stop treating yourself as if you were one of those people who are motivated by challenges and being pushed. The more you use this approach on yourself, the more you’ll hate exercise and avoid it in the long term.

                    Instead, change the way you approach exercise. Stop falling into what I call the “Happiness Paradox Trap.” Instead of starting with what you think you “should do,” start with what feels good.

                    Maybe weight lifting and running aren’t your thing, but have you tried Zumba or Pilates classes? Maybe you hate the feel of a gym, so try getting into cycling instead. Don’t feel that there’s one right way to go about it, and do your best to make it your own.

                    3. I’m Not Motivated Enough

                    We think that motivation is the answer to sticking to exercise. If only we wanted it enough, then we would make it happen.

                    However, motivation is always there. If you feel you wish you exercised more, then you are motivated to exercise. If you are not doing it, it’s not because you are not motivated. It’s because something stops you.

                    It might be the activated fight-or-flight response we talked about in #1. For example, when you feel that you have too much to do, the fight-or-flight response kicks in, and you do nothing.

                    People who have already made exercise a daily ritual don’t depend on boosting their motivation to get off the couch and exercise. They just do it, naturally, without debating it with themselves, desperately trying to get themselves into action.

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                    Maybe you think you need to devote 1 hour and you don’t know how to do that. Or, maybe you think you need to suffer to get results. Whatever the real reason is, find it. Only then will you be able to figure out a way to remove the obstacle that is on your way.

                    4. I Don’t Need Exercise to Lose Weight

                    Many people only care about their weight. Yet, our bodies are naturally wired to feel good when we move. Here is a quick list of the benefits of exercise:

                    • Decreases the risk of various diseases and bad health conditions, like high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, certain types of cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular diseases.
                    • Increases longevity. Many research studies support the fact that exercise can reverse some signs of aging and reduce chances of death by any cause.[1]
                    • Improves mood. Exercise does not just help depressed people; it helps everyone, even those who hate exercise. A quick workout or walk stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
                    • Increases your energy levels. Regular physical activity boosts your endurance and helps your heart and lungs work more efficiently. And yes, that means more energy available for you.
                    • Improves sleep. Regular physical activity can help you sleep better and fall asleep more easily, as long as you don’t exercise a couple of hours prior to bedtime.
                    • Improves sex life. Erectile dysfunction? Lack of libido? Just lack of energy? Exercise may help with all of that.
                    • Helps you better control your weight. Exercise helps you burn calories, plus you build muscle that generally burns more calories than fat. Exercise is a great add-on to a diet or weight maintenance plan.
                    • Gets you better lab results, even if you are overweight. Did you know that an obese person who is fit, i.e., exercises regularly, will show better lab results than a thin person who never exercises?

                    5. Exercise Needs All of My Attention

                    Maybe you are currently busy with your work life, or you are planning a trip next week. Maybe your child just got sick and needs your constant attention. Shouldn’t you just wait until you can give exercise 100% of your attention?

                    This rationale once again sounds plausible, but just like the “I don’t have time” excuse, is it really true? Is not starting because you are not “ready” the best thing for you right now? Is neglecting yourself and your body for a few more weeks/months/years a good strategy?

                    Finally, how many months or years will you spend before you get all your ducks in a row?

                    6. I Find Exercise Boring

                    Most advice in response to this excuse tells you to find something that you actually like. Yet, I know that for most people, exercise itself is rarely the thing that makes you hate exercise. Having to do it for “too long” is the issue.

                    That’s why I said that if 30 minutes are boring, try 5 or 10.

                    Now, if this idea of starting small stresses you out, let me remind you the wisdom of #1–the fact that you may want to be exercising one hour a day doesn’t mean you have to start from one hour right away. You can start small, and as you feel more and more comfortable, build your way up.

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                    Getting into a fitness program or hiring a personal trainer for a couple of weeks can also help you find a routine that interests you.

                    7. I Have Negative Past Experiences

                    I understand that you came last at the sprint race when you were at school. I understand that you may feel embarrassed when you attend fitness classes. Luckily, your past does not need to define your future.

                    A client of mine wanted to start jogging. She started by walking around the neighborhood. Yet, she found out she felt really uncomfortable feeling that her neighbors were watching her.

                    She accepted that, and worked her way around it. Instead of walking around her own block, she walked around the block next to her own block, and the problem was solve. A few months later, she was already jogging 2 miles a couple of times a week.

                    8. I Hate the Hassle of Exercise

                    If you think you need to exercise for an hour, take a shower, and drive to the gym and back, then you have two hours gone, just like that. You might like moving your body, but you certainly don’t like having to spend all this time working out!

                    Luckily, exercise that gets you results doesn’t have to take all this time and scheduling brainpower.

                    To start, you could do something that takes less time and planning, like exercising at home. You may feel more comfortable if you get to work out within sight of your comfy sofa instead of driving 20 minutes to the nearest gym.

                    You can also try automating. For example, if you go to the gym after work, make sure your gym bag is ready from the day before, so you don’t have to deal with that during your busy morning.

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                    9. I Don’t Have Enough Time to Exercise

                    Even though we know people busier than us who actually exercise, we keep saying we are “too busy,” and we hate exercise for making us even busier.

                    Have you ever thought that being “busy” is actually a lie? If there are busier people than you who make it happen, then so could you. Yet, even though we acknowledge that, we still believe it’s true.

                    It’s time to admit that time is not the main issue. It’s probably the way your are prioritizing things, and you are afraid you’ll have to give up something else in favor of exercise. Whatever the real reason, you need to find it if you want to give your body a chance to thrive.

                    If you don’t know where to start when finding time to exercise, check out Lifehack’s free 4 Step Guide to Creating More Time Out of a Busy Schedule.

                    10. Exercise Will Take Time Away From Other Things

                    You might be worried that exercise will take too much of your time, or that you’ll need to give up another hobby or time with your family to do it.

                    If you don’t want to hate exercise, you must first stop making it the enemy. If it is the thing that will “stop you” from doing other things, you’ll likely never convince yourself that it’s worth it.

                    However, if exercise becomes the thing that will help you become healthier, be more active for your kids, and focus more at work, it then becomes a necessity that you’re willing to make room for in your life.

                    The Bottom Line

                    It can often feel natural to hate exercise. Life is already demanding a lot from us, and exercise is just one more thing we have to squeeze in. However, once you realize all of the benefits you can receive from it, it will feel less like a chore and more like the part of your day you look most forward to.

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                    Featured photo credit: Minna Hamalainen via unsplash.com

                    Reference

                    [1] Maturitas: Exercise and longevity

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