To continue in our week of healthy living posts, guest contributor, Cassie Brewer did some research into the power of eating right. Here’s what she came up with:
Eat Your Pasta Sauce – The Case for Tomatoes
Lycopene is an essential nutrient found in tomatoes that is released when cooked. It has proven to be one of the best way’s to protect against sun damage and UV-caused, premature wrinkling. It’s so effective that some dermatologists even recommend ingesting cooked vegetables (ciao sugo per la pasta di pomodoro!) after too much sun exposure. I guess my grandmother was right after all; eating pasta with sauce keeps you looking and feeling gorgeous.
Broccoli – Your Skin’s BFF
Broccoli is truly a skincare superfood! It’s very high in antioxidants, including Vitamin C and E. Why do you need these? Well, vitamin E protects your skin, guarding it against unwanted UV radiation. You may have noticed Vitamin E oil in the health food aisle. I actually use it to fade scar discoloration and even out blotchy skin tone. Just mix a small dab into your moisturiser and it works wonders. Look for an organic version if possible. Now for Vitamin C. This is an amazing beautifier because it helps to produce collagen, which is a key to keeping us looking youthful. One final bonus? The high fiber content in broccoli ensures you’ll stay full and so you’ll be less likely to turn to naughty between-meal treats.
Carrots – Vitamin Powerhouse
Carrots get their name from beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to Vitamin A. If you or anyone you know has used Retinol or Retin-A, you’re most likely familiar with its wrinkle-fighting benefits. Concentrated doses of Vitamin A are a powerful secret to looking youthful and combating a dull complexion which can be very ageing.
Top these off with lots of still water every day and you will be sure to see and feel the difference.