Long for that supple, sexy glow, along with a slimmer waistline? Then step up to the plate of salmon and broccoli. Starving your system with highly restrictive diets (which tend to cause rebound eating anyways) will only ravage your body, mind and skin – leaving you dull, wrinkled, fat and fatigued.
Dig in for total gorgeousness, and get a double shot of direct dermal goodness with the products supplying the same nutrients as these delicious beautifiers.
The miniature berry was ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture compared to 40 common fruits and vegetables. Like a self-sacrificing bodyguard, antioxidants take the blow of damaging free radicals in place of your cells and collagen strands to slow down the hands of the clock.
This natural potent multivitamin may banish blemishes, alleviate splotchy red skin, while helping the brain stay sharp and keeping heart disease and diabetes at bay as well.
A study on mice also showed that the polyphenol-loaded berry slashed the number of fat cells in the body by up to three quarters, showing promise in our fight against the bulges.
Add half a cup to your yogurt, cereal or smoothie every day. Alternatively, nosh on these power berries as a healthy snack.
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Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower, contain both soluble and insoluble forms of fiber which make them your BFF’s for keeping your system clean and lean. In addition, it’s also a great source of sulforaphane and vitamins A, C & E.
Sulforaphane stimulates the production of protective proteins and switches skin cells into high-alert mode to fend off external baddies like UV and pollution, says John Hopkins scientists. The well-loved beautifying trio of vitamins A, C & E adds antioxidant protection, supports collagen regeneration and helps revitalize your skin for a wonderfully smooth, bouncy glow.
Avoid prolonged soaking or overcooking to preserve the vital phytonutrients. Stir-fried broccoli with shiitake mushrooms is fabulicious way to make this your favourite veggie.
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This aromatic fruit of the Chinese royals is bursting with polyphenol antioxidants, along with vitamin C and potassium.
Japanese studies found that a compound, Oligonol(R), extracted from lychee improves the blood circulation in the dermis to supercharge skin radiance and healthy cellular function. Oligonol(R) have also been shown to improve cardiovascular health, torch fat and reduce exercise fatigue.
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Wild salmon is packed with the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids – essential good fat that helps you burn belly fat, douse inflammation, repair dry ashy skin and promote the growth of healthy, shiny hair.
This legendary migrator is also a treasure trove for Astaxanthin, one of the most powerful antioxidants which also gives salmon its pretty pink hue and vigour to overcome the elements.
You won’t have a problem adding salmon to your diet – grilled, baked, in your pasta, with a salad, or in sushi – there are hundreds of ways to enjoy this beauty superfood.
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This spice with benefits curries up in your favour with age-proofing curcuminoids to bolster skin against oxidative stress, speed up skin regeneration, serve as a natural antiseptic to heal wounds and breakouts, brightens skin and soothe eczema, psoriasis and swelling.
At the same time, this golden spice reduces insulin resistance and relieves the inflammation in arthritis.
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– By Claudia Lin