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by Kelli P April 25, 2016
Do you look in the mirror and see dark circles under your eyes? If so, try increasing the vitamin K in your diet--with Kale! 1 cup of Kale packs 684% of the RDA of Vitamin K.
If you like a morning smoothie for breakfast, like I do, add a handful of spinach or kale and power up the skin saving nutrients!
Today, I boosted my morning smoothie with handful of spinach to the 1/2 banana, 4 large strawberries, 1 tsp. Coconut Oil, and protein powder. Why? Spinach is a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Here are a few items I'm going to pick up at the grocery store today that are also known to help keep our skin healthy and glowing!
Kale - a rich source of vitamin K. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits that helps you stay less bloated, which can prevent puffiness on the face. The sulfur content in kale aids in reducing redness and flakiness, and vitamin K helps ward off cancer, while keeping circulation healthy.
Blueberries - This low-profile berry was ranked #1 in antioxidant activity by the USDA compared to 40 common fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in blueberries help to neutralize free radicals, which might otherwise damage skin cells, leaving your skin with a younger and softer look and feel.
Sweet Potatoes - The vitamin A per serving of sweet potatoes even rivals that of green leafy vegetables, providing 769% of the daily value per serving. Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis – where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are, so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Vitamin A actually slows the normal aging breakdown of your collagen and elastin.
Red Peppers - A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange—190 mg. Vitamin C provides potent antioxidant protection, shielding skin from damaging free radicals—those pesky rogue molecules that promote premature aging. The most abundant forms of free-radical damage are environmental factors we can’t escape—think sun damage, pollution and oxygen—that assault skin on a daily basis, but that’s where topical vitamin C can help.
Kelli Parisian - Founder of Parisian's Pure Indulgence Organic Skin Care. Contributing writer to LivingBetter50 online Woman's Magazine. Come along with me, and learn how to have a healthy, vibrant, beautiful life after 50!
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