Top 10 Fat Burning Foods

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Are you trying to find the very best fat burning foods? Then you are in the right place as we created a list which will help you identify those foods that should be a part of your fat loss diet. Let’s face it, if you don’t have a diet focused on weight loss, you can quickly accumulate a lot of weight very fast, and that’s a bad thing. But the following ten foods are designed to help you lose weight naturally, and results will impress you quite a lot.

1. Garcinia CambogiaGarcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia is a popular tropical fruit that’s widely known as one of the best components of any weight management program. The reason is rather simple, as garcinia includes HCA, which is very good at lowering cholesterol levels and losing weight naturally. You can either use it in its natural format or as a supplement, it all comes down to you! One thing is certain, according to the Garcinia weight loss reviews, this is one of the best ingredients for any fat loss diet.

 

Fat Burning Almonds2. Almonds and nuts

These are excellent at reducing cravings, and they will also help build your muscles. If you want to eat less and lose weight, it’s a good idea to eat almonds often.

 

3. EggsFat burning foods - Eggs

Eggs have a similar approach to almonds, they also help build muscle, and they also bring in front many weight loss properties. Keep an eye on how many you eat, though, as you should not overdo it.

 

Green Tea4. Green tea

What makes green tea great is the fact that it promotes natural fat burning. It’s also very tasty and one of the best drinks that you can have throughout the day. Plus, it’s very refreshing!

 

Red Grapefruit5. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a citric fruit with some amazing properties. Not only does it regular the blood sugar and your metabolism, but it also lowers insulin. It’s a good idea to eat the white membrane too, as it helps with weight loss.

 

Bread and whole grains6. Whole grains

Whole grains allow you to prevent your body from storing fat. It will help you remove the toxins from your body in a natural manner. Again, it’s important to eat smaller amounts if you want these results.

 

Whey protein, soy protein7. Whey

Whey is one of the best fat burning foods that allow you to burn fat and eat muscle. You can easily combine it with a broad range of foods to create your dedicated fat loss diet if you so desire. A diet rich in soy and whey protein can be found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt and powders.

Berries are a great fat burning food8. Berries

Not many people know this, but berries are great if you want to burn fat and build muscle naturally. They are included in many weight management programs mainly due to their craving prevention factor.

 

Fat Burning Foods9. Beans and legumes

Legumes and beans are magnificent at regulating your digestion, but you can use them for fat burning and muscle building as well. You can easily combine them with a wide variety of foods!

 

canola oil10. Canola and soy oil

Both soy and canola oil are known to promote a sense of fullness. If you have a problem feeling satiety, you will need this food as it will help you stay full throughout the day.

 

So there you have it! there are many fat burning foods that you can use in your diet.You should consider giving these a shot right now, as they are more than impressive and they do bring in a fantastic set of results. Fat loss is not that far away; you just have to pick the right foods and weight management programs that will help you achieve your goals.

20 Ways To Erase Wrinkles Naturally

 

Young woman checking wrinkles on face in front of a bathroom mirrorAging skin is not a fun part of growing older, and it’s even worse when we don’t notice until it’s already happening. But unfortunately, as we grow older, the collagen and elastin in the skin begins to diminish. And if that’s not enough, our cells are aging right along with the rest of us. Nothing can stop it in its tracks, but diet, supplements, and a little pampering can give you a stay at the fountain of youth for awhile. . . and quite possibly a long while.

There are a few things that are completely within our control. Implement these and you can begin to erase wrinkles and get your glow back.

Stop smoking – there’s nothing sexy about cigarette lips. Plus it robs your body of Vitamin C, a key antioxidant responsible for forming collagen and elastin.

Supplements – Take your vitamins and add supplements that have specific formulations geared toward skin health.

Sunscreen – A no brainer but it’s heavily ignored. Cloudy or sunny, that sunshine is like rubbing sandpaper across your skin.

Hydrate – Drink that water! Your skin is your largest organ and it’s thirsty!

Antioxidants – Use skin care products that contain antioxidants. Talk to your dermatologist about hyaluronic acids if you have conditions like rosacea – they could hurt more than they help.

Moisturize – It’s best to moisturize twice a day. After your shower, before you dry, cover your skin from head to toe with coconut oil. Massage it in deeply and air dry.

A young woman meditates at homeReduce stress – Meditate, read a book or take a walk.

Easy on the alcohol – Overindulging causes excessive dehydration.

Eat healthy – add more fruits and veggies to your diet.

Get your zzz’s! Sleep at least 8 hours every night – when you are unrested it shows!

Eat the oil – Eat fish three times a week or take some Krill oil. Exceptional for the skin.

Eye cream – Use an eye cream for the delicate skin around the eyes before bed.

Mask it – Facial scrubs and masks remove the buildup of dead cells. Warm, brewed coffee grounds mixed with coconut oil make a FANTASTIC scrub.

Do the regimen – Cleanse, tone, and moisturize morning and evening. Use natural products when possible to nourish it with lots of vitamins and minerals.

Don’t sleep with makeup on! – They call it beauty sleep for a reason. Sleep time is when your body is in its restorative phase. Keep a bottle of no-water-needed makeup remover or removal pads at your bedside if you have to. Being committed to the nightly routine of cleansing can be your skin’s salvation.

Don’t touch your face – Your hands come into contact with the harsh environment all day, there’s no good to come from rubbing them all over your face all day. Also, holding your chin, resting on your hand with your jaw or forehead; you’re just pressing those oils into your skin and causing undue stress to your face. Use foundation brushes to reduce consistent pulls on your skin.

natural coconut walnut oilWear the oil – Jojoba oil resembles the skin’s natural oils. Dab this around the eyes to keep wrinkles at bay. Aloe vera, coconut oil, vitamin E oil,and Avocado oil all have the ability to improve your overall skin condition. These are good for your face and body.

Check your water – Hard water can cause havoc to your skin. Try using a shower head to reduce chlorine and hard water or a whole house filter if you have a larger budget.

Make it lukewarm – extreme changes to temperature can be damaging to skin so hitting it with hot water to open pores and cold water to close isn’t really a great idea. Rinse with lukewarm water then pat with a cool wet cloth to get the same effect.

Home facial – For the steam: bring a pot of water to a boil and let it roll for a couple of minutes. This will get the harsh chlorine and other chemicals out. Remove it from the heat and let it stand for a couple of minutes so you don’t get a burn (you don’t want it to be extremely hot). Add some essential oils, like tea tree or jasmine, and pour into a bowl. Place a towel over your head and the water bowl for a few minutes. Pat dry. This really opens the pores and primes them for your bedtime skin routine.

Steps to do an at home facial

Incorporating these into your regimen can really take the years off. Mark it on your calendar, set an alarm or whatever you have to do to remind yourself if you are a procrastinator like me! Now, go freshen up!

 

5 Ways To Trick Yourself Into Drinking More Water

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Yeah, yeah, you gotta drink your water. You know that! But, what if you don’t like water or you’re convinced you’re addicted to soda or maybe you’re too busy to think about it during the day or whatever your excuse is for not drinking water?

First, you know it’s important. It’s an easy way to make sure everything’s running well inside. Maybe when you realize the necessity, it will kick you into gear and help to change your habits. If you must have your coffee and tea. Have them, but try to cut down to two to three cups a day. Soda, on the other hand, is a no-no. This one is hard for a great many of us, but it really is like the black plague in your body. Yes, even diet soda.

Sodas lead to obesity and bloating among many other things (but you know that). And for those of you who justify it by drinking diet, here’s a little something you may not know. The artificial sweeteners in diet soda:

  • Increase your appetite
  • Stimulate carbohydrate cravings
  • Increase fat storage and weight gain
  • Create an inflammatory response in the body and causes dull skin and wrinkles.

You must find a way to do it. That’s it. The end. Drink the water! It adds focus, energy, makes for glowing skin and helps to remove the fat from your body. 

Dehydration happens when you lose more water than what you bring in. By the time you get thirsty, it’s too late. Your body is dehydrated. Take an index finger and press into your forearm and hold for a second. Lift it and check for dehydration by noticing if a circle remains on your skin for a moment or longer. It should immediately disappear. If it lingers for more than a moment, your body needs water.

There are many times that you probably feel hungry, but your body is actually letting you know that you are thirsty.  Soda’s don’t help with thirst! They may satisfy your psychological need but your body still hungers for the water.

Lack of water leads to, fatigue and lethargy, headaches, weak muscles, weak bones and weakened immune systems, dull and saggy skin, and wrinkles…that’s a lot of things that can add up to a pretty miserable life. You’ve got to have it for your body to work properly and beautifully.


Here are 5 ways to encourage you to get your daily dose. 

 1 – Infuse iPitcher of berries and lemon wedges in watert!
Add some strawberries, cucumbers, berries, or any of your favorite fruit to a gallon of water before bed. In the morning, you have a delicious beverage with no added junk. Make your goal to drink it all by the end of the day! 

2 – Wake and Drink
Drink a large glass of water immediately when you wake up. This will give your body a boost of energy and you already have one glass knocked out.

3 – Vitamin Time
Drink a full glass with your vitamins and supplements. If you still have water left after taking your vitamins, just consider that amount remaining as an extra vitamin (then turn it up)! If you’re not taking your vitamins. . . I’ll skip over the disappointed head shake and the “you know better” speech and just say, please go get some. 

4 – Before Meals
Drink a glass of water before each meal. This will keep you fuller longer and is especially helpful with distracted eating. Eating lunch with friends, for example, is covered with conversation and we often don’t pay attention to eating which can lead to overindulgence.

5 – Carry a water bottle!
Figure your daily needs and how many times you need to fill your water bottle and make sure you knock it out by the end of the day. Set an alarm, tie a string around your finger, whatever. Just find a way to keep reminding yourself that you MUST take down that water!

Changing this one thing will make a drastic difference in your workout and your daily life. You’ll find out that you have more energy, you’ll feel better and you’ll be surprised by how much better your skin looks! 

Beautiful woman with glowing skin

 

6 Simple Steps to Long Term Weight Loss

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Get active and stay active

It doesn’t have to be in a gym! Find an activity that you enjoy and keep it up! Try many different activities until you find one or more that you can conceivably see yourself doing on a regular basis. Walking, running, tennis, working out to video, yoga, basketball, or boxing; these are all just a few examples of the many things you can do. Even if all you can do to begin with is go up and down the steps to your house, do it. Do something and KEEP doing it.

Record what you eat

These days it’s a lot easier with apps around. Find an app that integrates a list of foods with calories and nutritional information. Keeping an eye on your daily calorie count can really help you to lose or maintain your weight.

Don’t skip breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You’ve heard that your entire life because it’s true. Skipping breakfast leads to hunger and not only does it cause you to snack and nibble, it also can put your body in starvation mode. When you get hungry, it’s already too late. Your body stores fat for later, just in case you might starve yourself again later.

Weigh yourself once a week

Many things can affect your actual weight like water, waste, and stress. Monitoring your weight on a daily basis can be detrimental to your motivation. Weigh yourself at the same time of day and choose a “weigh in” day. Keep in mind too that if you are strength training, your muscle will get heavier…and that’s a good thing.

Watch portion sizes

Choose smaller portions than you normally would. Try to stick with three ounces of your meats (that’s about the size of your palm) and feel free to pile on the non-starchy veggies. If you still feel hungry because you are cutting down quite a bit on your usual calorie intake, try adding a supplement like Garcinia Cambogia to help reduce your appetite and increase energy.

Be accountable

Keep a weight loss journal. Include your daily food and exercises. Compare them weekly and take note of your times of weakness. Remind yourself of your “why” every day to keep your motivation up. Find a buddy to join this journey with you and it will help you both to stay accountable.

Choose an exercise program, an effective diet plan and be consistent and these steps will help you stick with it and get positive results that last!

Survive Memorial Day Temptations

Memorial Day MeltdownMemorial Day is coming and you know what happens. The burgers, the hot dogs, the macaroni and cheese and the alcohol…don’t forget the alcohol! All of these are so good at tempting us and we often gladly fail and don’t regret it until the next morning on the scale.

So you have a few days to prepare yourself for the relentless temptations.Here are a few ways to help you conquer them.

Bring your own entree.
Make a turkey burger patty the night before. The grill master won’t mind tossing yours on the coals! For the best turkey burger, marinate your burger the night before in light dijon mustard, salt, pepper,and sriracha. Spicy and delicious!

Guzzle the water!
Drink a full glass of water in the morning and a full glass of water before the event. You’ll stay fuller longer and be able to resist much easier.

Watch your portions
Choose a small plate if there’s an option to do so. Avoid stacking foods on top of each other and don’t go back for seconds!

Pick your demons carefully
Choose beans over potato salad or mac & cheese, nuts over chips, etc. If you do pick up the chips, grab only a palm full and avoid the dip. You could even bring a bowl of hummus and celery or whole grain crackers to share and avoid them altogether.

Don’t go back for seconds
Drink another glass of water if you feel tempted to refill your plate.

Take your Garcinia!
Garcinia Cambogia helps to resist the urges because it suppresses your appetite! It will make it so much easier to skip the buffalo wings and queso dip!

Easy on the alcohol
This is a hard one, especially at a barbecue when you love to drink and hang out with the friends. If you are a beer drinker – try a low-calorie option. Often people don’t even realize the calories they are getting from drinking. Here are a few numbers to maybe help you with this one. (source: livescience.com)

  1. Beer  12 oz. 153 calories (Miller Genuine Draft 64 is the lowest at 64 calories)
  2. Red Wine 5 oz 125 calories
  3. White Wine 5 oz 121 calories
  4. 80-Proof (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, tequila) 1.5 oz 97 calories
  5. Champagne 4 oz 84 calories
  6. Martini 2.25 oz 124 calories
  7. Cosmo 2.75 oz 146 calories
  8. Margarita 3.5 oz 168 calories
  9. Manhattan 3.5 oz 164 calories
  10. Pina Colada 9 oz 490 calories

You can see how each of these can really add up. Trying keeping your number of drinks low. Drink a glass of water between each to keep you fuller and less likely to drink a week’s worth of calories!

Good luck and we hope you have a great Memorial Day!

10 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Eating More Fruits & Veggies

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10 Ways to trick yourself into eating more fruits and veggies

By now, we all know we are supposed to be eating five servings of fruits and veggies a day.  But some things are easier said than done, aren’t they? It’s not always easy to get them all in there. Temptations are everywhere and if your family is anything like the average family, they would rather eat the chips and cookies than the broccoli and carrots. So we’ll have to get creative. Here are a few ideas to “trick yourself” into eating some extra goodness.

 

  1. Breakfast time is smoothie time! Just throw some fresh fruits, low-fat yogurt and ice (or frozen fruit) in a blender with some protein powder. Just blend for a few seconds you have a delicious and filling breakfast.  
  1. Stock up on dehydrated fruit. Add some small cartons of raisins to your lunch or snack on them during the day. Add to your cereal and salads. Peanut butter and bananas, anyone?
  1. Stack your sandwiches. Instead of jelly, pack a peanut butter sandwich with banana, sliced apples or strawberry slices. Add a variety of veggies to your ham or turkey sandwich like, spinach, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, banana peppers, olives, avocado.
  1. Swap your mash for flower…cauliflower, that is! Cauliflower makes a great alternative to mashed potatoes.  Cook the cauliflower for 12-15 minutes or until very tender. Drain and discard all of the water (the drier the cauliflower is, the better) and add 1% milk, a little butter, greek yogurt, salt and pepper and mash until it looks like mashed potatoes. 
  1. Drink it!  Add cucumbers, strawberries or any other fruits that your heart desires to a pitcher of water and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you have delicious fruit infused water. Add green tea bags for added benefits! If juices are your thing, keep an assortment of fruit and vegetable juices in the fridge and drink them as a snack. Fresh juices are best, but if buying premade, make sure there’s no added sugar.
  1. Rearrange your kitchen! Put healthy items in clear jars and on easy-to-see shelves. Put the less than healthy items in dark containers and further out of reach. It can make a big difference when you have the impulse to snack.
  1. Fruits and vegetables as snacks. Find alternatives and get creative. Replace your potato chips with kale chips. They are easy and delicious. Instead of cheese and crackers, try cheese and grapes. Cut up some fresh veggies and have them with salsa, greek yogurt or oil and vinegar. And, of course, there are ants on a log. Spread some cream cheese or peanut butter on the inside of a stick of celery and sprinkle raisins on it. Or feta and olives, yum!
  1. Experiment with new fruits and vegetables. On each trip to the market, find something new or different. We often overlook things like artichokes, plantains, papaya, mango, starfruit, or anything else that we wouldn’t normally use on a day to day basis.
  1. Make a pot of vegetable soup or a stew that’s heavy on veggies. Avoid cooking with fatty meats. Use lean meat or fish instead and add different types of legumes so you can add less meat and still max out on protein.
  1. Wrap it! You may come to find that you love it! Instead of bread for sandwiches, instead out flour tortillas, use large romaine leaves and wrap it!

If you want to wean your way in, check out these recipes for some delicious dinners under 400 calories.

This handful of steps can make all the difference in how many fruits and veggies you eat every day. Keep an eye out for new and exciting recipes that pique your interest. Experiment often and don’t be upset if you have a hard time finding your favs. The journey to finding your favorites can be exciting and fun. You may just find a new favorite that you never knew existed!

Don’t forget to add Garcinia Cambogia with a free bottle of Colon Vitality to help with temptations!

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15 Ways to Stick to Your Plan

StickToYourPlanlargeSticking to your diet and exercise plan is the only thing that will determine whether or not you will lose weight. Staying strong with your food choices and following your exercise regimen regularly will give you the results you want, but you have to focus and be committed.

You can have the most effective training plan and the best diet mapped out but if you do not follow and stick to the plan, you will never drop the pounds.

You and I both know that you will backslide now and again. Pick one meal of the week as a cheat meal. Be aware of times that you slip up so you can avoid them.

If you only stick to your plan half of the time, you will get less than half of the results. You will feel like you are doing it all for nothing because you will make zero progress. That will completely throw you off your game and that’s when you’ll head straight back to the couch. Make yourself accountable and stay focused on your end goals and you will lose the weight. Keep these things in mind and it will help you stay strong!

  1. Throw out all of the junk food and replace it with healthy alternatives. If it’s not there, you won’t be tempted.
  2. Change your diet gradually. Avoid fasting or all juice cleanses. Drastic changes can have unpleasant effects on your digestive system.
  3. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and before each meal so that you feel fuller and are less likely to overeat.
  4. Avoid places that do not offer a healthy alternative food option.
  5. Don’t eat 3 hours before bedtime. Doing so gives your body an excess of fuel and it heads straight for your fat cells.
  6. Plan your meals and your training a week in advance. Keep your pantry stocked with the groceries you need for the week.
  7. Trick yourself into eating less by using smaller plates and don’t eat while distracted.
  8. Keep a journal. There are plenty of apps on the market that help you keep a great record of your food, calories, exercises and more.
  9. Make training your first activity of the day. Not only do you get it out of the way, but it also increases your energy and mental clarity for the day as well as better sleep at night.
  10. Find a physical activity that you enjoy. It’s much easier to stick to something you like.
  11. Remove yourself from situations that tempt you to cheat.
  12. Switch up your workout routine. Getting bored can lead to failure.
  13. Take your measurements and track them as you go along. Make before and after photos. Going back to see your progress can be a great motivator!
  14. Get a workout buddy. You will stick with your plan longer if you have someone to hold you accountable.
  15. In your journal, write down your biggest slip-up and best accomplishment of the day. This will help you to remember the types of situations to avoid and also give you the pat on the back for the progress you made.

Making a plan and sticking to it is the hardest part. You can succeed when you set your mind to it and make a conscious decision to make a change. Follow these tips and remind yourself of why you are doing it. If you stick to your plan, you WILL succeed.

Don’t forget that you can kickstart your workouts by adding Garcinia Cambogia. Try it free today!

Colon Cleanse to Detox Your Intestines and Lose Weight

 

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As summer gets closer, I find myself looking on the Internet for workout routines and special diets to look great in my short pants, lace shirts and swimsuit.

When I was researching fast ways to lose weight and detox, I found the colon cleanse diet. Something easy and simple you can do at home, but at the same time requires sacrifice and effort to follow through with.

However, before getting started, I took the time to read about what it is and why it’s so important to clean out that certain part of our intestines at some point in our life.

If you are the kind of person that eats out often and doesn’t have time or energy to workout more than 1 or 2 hours a week, then it’s very likely that you’ve got a lot of gunk building up in your digestive system. By cleansing and detoxifying your colon, you will be taking care of your health with benefits such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Dissolving and eliminating toxins and congestion
  • Cleansing the kidneys and digestive system
  • Purifying glands, eliminating waste and other hardened materials in the joints and muscles.

After a week of colon cleanse, you’ll start building a healthy bloodstream, which in turn leads to developing optimal blood pressure. By doing this, most people lose about 2 pounds a day with no harmful side effects.

There are many ways to manage weight loss and rid yourself of toxins; one way is the “lemonade diet”, created by the late Naturopath Stanley Burroughs. This way of detoxifying and weight loss consists of fasting and will definitely rid your body of impurities and unnecessary junk.

The lemonade diet is as follows:

  • For exactly 10 days, you will not eat anything and will only drink this specially formulated lemonade.
  • You need to drink at least 10 servings of the lemonade a day, which can be difficult to manage without discipline. So be aware of the difficulty and the sacrifices required.

colon cleanse lemonade

Now, lets take a look at the recipe for the lemonade:

  1. Fill a one-gallon water jug with the juice of five lemons,
  2. Add 1 cup of Organic Grade B maple syrup (no substitutes)
  3. Then, pour 1/10 tsp. or more of cayenne pepper
  4. Finally, fill the rest of the jug with purified or spring water (do not use fluoridated tap water.)

In addition to this, when you get up each morning, you need to do a salt-water flush. Just mix two level teaspoons of un-ionized sea salt with a quart of lukewarm water and mix. Drink this right away.

Then in the evening you’ll want to take an herbal laxative tea, which you can find in most grocery stores.

You should be prepared to need to use the restroom a lot while on the “lemonade diet” colon cleanse. Specifically, that means you should be prepared to go every 15 to 20 minutes. If you have a job or other activities that will not accommodate this need, you may want to consider putting the program off until you can use the facilities whenever you need to.

You may think that drinking only lemonade, salt water, and tea with no food for 10 days is dangerous. You are certainly not going to die on this diet, but you will be hungry and, surprisingly, you will find that you have more energy as the diet goes on, despite the lack of food.

At the end of the colon cleanse, you can expect to have lost anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds (this is mostly water weight and will be quickly regained if you don’t follow a reasonable eating and exercise plan), feel increased energy, have an increased desire to eat healthy foods, and feel somewhat better about life in general.

However, you don’t have to go through so much hassle or extreme diets such as this to lose weight or detox your body. There are several foods, supplements and vitamins in the market to make this task easier and your life better.

I personally found Colon Vitality by Natural Herb Labs and tried it for 2 weeks. I have seen good results losing weight and flushing gunk from my system. Colon Vitality got rid of toxins just as the “Lemonade diet” would but without starving myself.

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Natural Herb Labs has a special combo on Ebay that combines Colon Vitality and Herbal Garcinia for maximum weight loss and detox. These two products made me lose over 10 pounds in 2 weeks with my regular exercise routine (2 hours a week) and diet.

After a long winter with many cups of hot chocolate and holiday meals, I find it hard to follow extreme fasting diets that can damage my intestinal flora and mental health. I also work full time, 5 days a week and can’t follow a tight schedule with the toilet. I recommend Colon Vitality for detox and weight loss, it is soft on your stomach and it really alleviates constipation.

If you have any comments or questions, you can contact us on our Facebook page or Ebay. I wish you the best keeping yourself healthy and happy.

The cure to aging is in your fridge!

Anti aging foods. Ceramiden

 

Everyone knows that eating your veggies and cutting out the fat is “what we are supposed to do” because it’s better for us.

Some of us, or maybe most of us, want what looks good to us, RIGHT NOW! If I’m looking at a bowl of ice cream, next to a bowl of strawberries, it’s unlikely that the strawberries will win. Unless of course, there was a sign behind each of them and behind the ice cream it read, “Eat me and you will age 60%” and behind the strawberries there was a sign that read “Eat me and you will reverse your aging by 40%”. That might be a motivator for me. It’s doubtful that I or you would ever come across such a motivator, so this is your sign!

You can improve your diet for health, but how much of what you eat attributes to how your skin looks and feels? Stated plainly, the benefits of eating well works from the inside out. Some nutrients, however, contribute more than others when it comes to your youthful glow.

Food high in Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well known for its importance in contributing to our health and we all know we need more of it when we have a cold. Did you know that it performs vital functions for skin care as well? It serves a primary role in contributing to the formation of a protein that is important in building tissues, hair, skin and nails, bones and teeth. Equally important is that it is an antioxidant, fighting free radicals that once unleashed, begin a chain reaction of systematic cell damage and can even interfere with the structure of DNA. Consistent interference by these free radicals is largely responsible for the aging process.

Clinical studies have shown that Vitamin C is a great weapon in this war on anti-aging and actually triggers the production of collagen. Some foods are fortified with Vitamin C, but it is best when they are taken from Mother Nature in the form of our everyday fruits and veggies. Self.com lists these as the highest in Vitamin C:

  • Acerola, (west indian cherry), raw.
  • Guavas, raw
  • Litchis, dried
  • Currants, European black, raw

If you have trouble finding these in your local market, some more common fruits high in Vitamin C are:

  • Peaches
  • Kiwi
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
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Peaches are a rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants.

 

Juices are good, but can sometimes contain added sugar, which is something to avoid when you fight aging skin. A great deal of Vitamin C can be found in the peel, so adding the peel to recipes can help you keep that youthful appearance as well as pop a little extra zest to your meal!

Vegetables with the highest sources of vitamin C include:

  • Chili Peppers
  • Red and Green Bell Pepper
  • Kale, Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens
  • Broccoli

Add Basil to that!

Basil has extraordinary antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-aging properties. Researchers in India have proven that the flavonoids in Basil slowed the production of free radicals in the body. This herb works very well in protecting the body from premature aging.

Anti aging foods

Basil has extraordinary anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and anti-aging properties.

Lycopene

With the reduction of oxygen and increased UV radiation in the atmosphere, our bodies are subjected to an excited electron state called singlet oxygen, which causes large scale removal of DNA and destruction of useful proteins necessary for us to remain healthy and youthful. Of course, we need to keep applying the SPF, but Lycopene is a nutrient that can help bulldoze this free radical.

As we age we lose the ability to maintain lycopene levels in our system and that leads to the destruction of the proteins that keep our skin vibrant. Just a little extra each week can make a big difference.

Guava and anti aging

As we age we lose the ability to maintain lycopene levels in our system.
In our list of foods with Lycopene, Guava comes in again and sits at the top of our list.

In our list of foods with Lycopene, Guava comes in again and sits at the top of our list. With only 37 calories and half a gram of fat, this delicious treat is our number one. Others to add include:

  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes
  • Papaya
  • Grapefruit

 

Water, of course.

Yes, this is an article about food, but when we are talking about important nutrients for your skin, almost nothing fights aging skin better than water. Our bodies are 70% water and almost every process in your body requires water to function. Without adequate water intake, our cells begin to dehydrate. Have you ever seen dehydrated fruit? That’s exactly what happens to your cells when you neglect your water.

The largest organ in your body is your skin. Insufficient amounts of water will lead to millions of deflated, dull, shrinking cells on the inner and outer layers of your skin. The necessary way to replenish that water is to drink purified water on a much more consistent basis.

anti aging benefits of water

Try starting the day with a half of a glass of water then increase it a little every morning until you are drinking a full glass first thing every day.

Some people have a lot of trouble with going from no glasses of water to eight glasses of water a day. However, in your search for natural skin care, might I suggest slow, steady increases in your water intake every day? Try starting the day with a half of a glass of water then increase it a little every morning until you are drinking a full glass first thing every day. Then try swapping every other drink with water. Gradually wean yourself off the other beverages, especially if soda or coffee are your main beverages. The change in your skin and your energy levels will dramatically change, for the better!

Now that I’ve mentioned what to add to your diet, I would be neglectful if I didn’t mention one particular food that you need to remove, and this could be a hard one.

Cut Back on the Sugar!

There is a natural process in our bodies called Glycation. When you eat sugar it attaches to proteins to form Advanced glycation end products (AGE’s). These demons are wrecking your skin making it dull and wrinkled. Their primary victim is the collagen and elastin in your skin. With collagen being the most abundant protein in the body, it is the first to suffer the attack. The protein fibers weaken and your firm, elastic skin begins to lose its shine and wrinkles begin to develop.

Sugar and aging

You can turn back the hands of time by limiting the amount of added sugar in your diet.

 

Luckily, you can turn back the hands of time by limiting the amount of added sugar in your diet. Some natural sugars you should endure, but processed foods and sugary drinks are the main culprits of added sugar. If you are a sugar addict, replacing a soda with a bottle of water or grabbing the strawberries instead of the ice cream are just a couple of ways that you can begin to reverse the aging process. Try to cut back the sugar and indulge only occasionally. Your youthful glow will thank you for it.

If there is a fountain of youth, it is in the fuel you feed your body. Take care of it and it will be noticeable inside and out!

7 Tips To Recover Your Hangover Skin

Skin hydration supplement

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Party night, you stayed up late drinking, smoking, and having fun. Next morning you wake up with a pounding headache and a hangover that drags you down. In addition, your skin looks dry, dull and saggy. The following tips will help relieve and freshen your skin from the wild night out.

  1. Hydrate

Alcohol causes dehydration so it’s important that you replenish the liquids in your body and skin. Drink a lot of water during the day, to make it a little less boring squeeze some lemon into it.

  1. Wash it off

After a wild night out you might feel tired and go straight to bed without taking your makeup off. First thing in the morning you should wash your face and exfoliate your skin so your pores can breathe again.

  1. Get some steam

Hopping in a hot shower is the perfect treatment to relax and open your pores. This will prepare your skin for any treatment after your shower. Be careful though, don’t make it too hot or you’ll burn your skin.

  1. Do the treatment

Take the opportunity to pamper and improve your skin. Use a hydrating or clarifying mask to restore and give it a radiant look. Also, take those unused moisturizers, serums or oils collecting dust in your bathroom to make your skin look younger and brighter.

Recover your skin from a hangover

Photo by KamrenB Photography. Flickr.

  1. Look for your eyes

Your eyes are the first clue to the fact that you are hung-over. Try using anti-redness eye drops and hydrating eye creams. If you have problems with bags or dark circles, try Ceramiden with phytoceramides for a permanent solution.

  1. Eat some real food

Other than having liquids, indulge yourself with little cravings but don’t get carried away with them. Always go for healthy food that gives you strength and energy such as fish, vegetables, berries and nuts. Include skin supplements in your meals to get the essentials vitamins necessary to hydrate your skin.

  1. Get some beauty sleep!

Alcohol affects sleep quality, leaving bags under your eyes. Go for that extra sleep, not only to recover from your hangover but to give your skin the time it needs to grow and replace older cells.