We all want to look good. It’s why we spend millions on anti-aging products and, thankfully, why more Americans are now exercising at least three days a week – something we haven’t done in many years.
But there’s something else you can do to improve your appearance from the inside out. Your grandmother was right when she said, “You are what you eat.” No amount of creams can rejuvenate your skin if your body is dehydrated or lacking in nutrients.
Though the exact person who first coined the phrase Superfoods is still up for debate, the benefits of eating a diet rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients is unquestionably the right thing to do.
Beans – long known for its high fiber content and protein, beans are also a good source of magnesium, which is needed to maintain normal muscle and nerve function. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Citrus fruit – Whether you like oranges, grapefruit or lemons and limes, you’ll always get your daily dose of fiber and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants that protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals found in both our bodies and the environment. Vitamin C also helps our bodies produce collagen, a protein that helps wounds heal and keeps our skin looking youthful.
Tomatoes – This highly versatile food can be used in almost any dish and is a great source of vitamin C and E, as well as iron. Vitamin E also acts as an antioxidant and helps boost our immune system.
Dark green leafy vegetables – Ever feel exhausted even though you’re getting enough sleep. You may be low in iron, a key mineral that helps transport oxygen throughout the body. Without enough iron, you can feel tired.
Getting Healthy, Living Healthy
With any diet, balance is the key. And you don’t have to completely do without some of your favorite foods. While beans are a great source of magnesium, chocolate is a source, too!
So, you see, grandma was right about something else. Chicken noodle soup and chocolate are good for the soul!
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