If, like me, you love food and you're keen to glow on the outside, then it all depends on what goes on the inside and there are some fabulous foods to help you eat yourself beautiful from now on. These foods will have people asking what your beauty secrets are. Of course, you may want to just keep it to yourself or put it down to the fact that you have wonderful genes. Alternatively, you can tell them about the way in which you have decided to eat yourself beautiful by indulging in the following fabulous foods.
I love salmon and it is jammed full of omega 3 oils, which will help keep your skin supple, radiant and youthful. This is one of the must have foods to help you eat yourself beautiful from now on.
How many people have forgotten about that lonely tin of tuna sitting in the back of your pantry? Well, it's time to open that tin and make yourself a delicious tuna salad as this fabulous fish contains selenium, which helps prevent cell damage.
Anchovies are an acquired taste and I must confess, it took a while for me to warm to these little fishies. When I found out they were a beauty boosting food, I was quickly converted. They're another omega 3 rich food to add to your diet and reap the beauty benefits.
Packed with protein, mussels are a delicious addition to your meal times. They also contain vitamins B and C, folate and zinc, which are all essential for healthy hair and skin.
I know what you're thinking, oysters have connotations of randy old people wanting to rekindle their ailing sex lives. Actually, eradicate that image from your heads as they're another great way to eat yourself beautiful. They're full of zinc to clear your skin and help you on your way to that healthy glow.
At the moment it seems to be kale this and kale that; everyone's raving about kale. Well, I'm sorry to disappoint, but it is a fabulous food that is really worth raving about and including in your diet. Filled with vitamin C and the light absorbing pigment lutein, your skin and eyes will thank you for it.
Carrots are not just for Flopsy the Bunny. They're rich in Vitamin A, which is essential for skin maintenance and repair. So to rid yourself of those fine lines, help ward off wrinkles and prevent acne and dry skin, enjoy a delicious glass of carrot juice or shred some carrots in your salad.
8. Sweet Potatoes
The health benefits of sweet potatoes have been well publicised over the past few years and they're packed full of beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A. This cell regenerating vitamin helps keep skin fresh and damage resistant.
I love blueberries, they're my favorite berry. I add them to smoothies, oatmeal and fruit salads, and they're a fabulous afternoon or mid-morning snack. They're full of powerful antioxidants and help fight the free radicals that damage the skin.
Mangoes are delicious but super sweet and should be eaten in moderation. That said, they're high in vitamins C and E, flavanoids and beta carotene, which helps keep the skin blemish free and beautiful.
Papayas contain a fabulous enzyme, which means they're great for the digestive system. They're also full of antioxidants such as vitamins A and C, helping to promote healthy skin and alleviating dry skin, pimples and acne.
The power of the humble tomato has been well publicised over the last few years and I'm about to blow its lycopene loaded trumpet once again, as I love these little red spheres of goodness. They're great as a raw snack, pizza topping and pasta sauce. The possibilities are endless where these are concerned!
13. Flax Seeds
High in fiber and omega 3, flax seeds are a great accompaniment to oatmeal, smoothies, salads and come to think of it, any other meals. They're great for your metabolism and help keep skin plump and smooth.
14. Cacao Powder
There is so much you can do with cacao and it's certainly worth incorporating into your diet. With an abundance of antioxidants, magnesium and iron for circulation, there's no excuse not to go crazy over cacao!
15. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are another one of those foods that I wish people would stop harping on about... But I'm going to be hypocritical here and do a little harping on about chia seeds myself. Forgive me. Omega 3 is vital for the skin and helps improve the health of the skin barrier so that it is able to retain more moisture. Chia seeds are also high in antioxidants and minerals to help moisturise and rebuild the skin.
16. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of those wonder foods and a desert island must-have. As well as being a healthy ingredient for baking, applied topically, it can make your hair shiny and your skin super radiant. It really is a pantry AND beauty cabinet essential.
Eggs are full of protein and iron. They're also a great source of Biotin, which is a type of vitamin B. This nutrient forms the basis of healthy nails, hair and skin. Dermatitis and itchy skin can be the result of a Biotin deficiency, and although your body already supplies a lot of vitamin B on its own, it can also be found in your morning eggs. So poach a couple of eggs for your morning meal and reap the beauty benefits.
Almonds contain the essential vitamin E, which helps protect the skin against sun damage. Have a handful of almonds every day to benefit from their skin saving properties and their many heart healthy components.
Never underestimate the importance of water in your diet. It is the best and probably least costly item on this list. Water is fabulous for organ function and helps keep you looking refreshed and flawless as well as delaying the ageing process by eliminating toxins from your insides. So drink up!
These beautiful foods are likely to keep you running smoothly on the inside and glowing on the outside. Is anyone else a fan of the above?