You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat” . . .

It’s true.  The foods that your body consumes can directly affect your outside appearance. Besides being what everyone sees, your skin is your body’s cover and protector. What you put into your body on a daily basis reflects your outward appearance. How does your skin look? Is it as clear, soft, as revitalized as you want it to be?

Do you know that the key to getting a gorgeous complexion can be as simple as adding a few healthy foods to your diet? These nutritious foods can be easily accessible and are available at your disposal, right at your local grocery store. So ditch those processed sugary snacks and the greasy fried stuff! That is of course if you want that perfect skin with a beautiful glow.

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Here are some tasty morsels and foods that can improve your complexion:

First of all, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day is a must, especially yellow and green colored. Fruits and veggies that are yellow and green contain lots of vitamin A, an Antioxidant that helps to repair skin cells. Vitamin A has been shown to improve the skin’s elasticity and strength.

Fish is a very healthy food. It may even be one of the greatest ant-aging foods. Fish lubricates the skin, nourishes and provides the ultimate moisturization to the skin. This superfood has loads of essential Omega-3 acids that help protect your heart and keep it healthy; and the oils from fish can give your skin a beautiful glow.

Walnuts make a great snack to help stave off hunger in between meals. But it also provides nutrients for your skin and hair too! Walnuts contain alpha linoleic acid, which can give you naturally shiny hair and brighter, more sparkling eyes. Oh, how lovely!

Berries of all varieties, or mixed berries helps to guard your skin against sun-damage. Berries contain Vitamin C, an essential antioxidant, which helps to protect your cells from free radical damage. So these little fruits are not only yummy, but they are also powerful too, in protecting our skin.

Dark chocolate. Sweet and delicious and loaded with antioxidants! Provides hydration to the skin. The cocoa in dark chocolate can give you softer and more supple skin. So indulge with this tasty treat, but careful not have too much!

Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It is very high in fiber. But did you know that it is also good for cellulite too? Start chomping on this amazing green veggie!

Tomatoes could very well be considered the “Fountain of Youth” vegetable. Tomatoes contain lots of vitamin C, E, and Beta Carotene. All are essential to skin and eye health. When processed in juices, pastes and sauces, tomatoes deliver a high dose of Lycopene, which can protect our skin from harmful UV rays.

Dark leafy green vegetables, such as kale and greens – contain a rich source of vital minerals for our skin and body including calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. They are also jam packed with phytonutrients, like beta carotenoids, which protect our eyes from UV light. So if you want to keep those beautiful eyes healthy, start adding leafy greens to your lunch or dinner plate!

So as you can see, a brighter and more beautiful skin complexion can be attainable for anyone, no matter who you are. All it takes is a few healthy additions and changes into your daily diet and lifestyle. With these nutritious foods, you are helping your skin from the inside out. The result is a healthy, brighter, more beautiful glow!

References and resources:

Livestrong.com About.com Longevity

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