Add these 7 Foods to Your Diet for Healthier Skin

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We spend a lot of money on cleansers, moisturizers, and toners trying to get clear healthy skin, but the real secret to healthy skin lies in what you eat. Add these 7 foods to your diet to nourish your skin from the inside out.

We all want glowing, vibrant, younger-looking skin, but in your quest for healthier skin start with what you're eating. The healthier your diet is, the better your skin will look, and adding these 7 foods to your diet can help nourish your skin from the inside out.

Add raspberries to your diet for clear vibrant skin. Raspberries provide ellagic acid to your diet. This antioxidant has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce or prevent red inflamed skin. Eat them as a snack, top your cereal with them, or stir them into your yogurt for sweet/tart flavor and clearer skin.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes do more than add color to your dinner plate. These pumpkin-colored potatoes contain large amounts of beta carotene which offers protective qualities which fight against damage caused by sun exposure. For an extra serving of fiber, leave the skin on your sweet potato.

Tomatoes are an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene. This carotenoid pigment is what gives tomatoes their vibrant red color. Studies have shown a diet rich in lycopene can lead to smoother skin and help protect the skin from sun damage. Eat a big juicy tomato as a snack, enjoy it on a sandwich, burger, or salad.

Kiwi is a tangy-sweet fruit that provides more vitamin C per ounce than almost any other fruit. Vitamin C helps maintain collagen in our skin which keeps our skin firm. Plus this unusual little fruit is also a good source of vitamin E which helps fight the formation of free radicals. Kiwi also provides benefits when applied directly to the skin. Place kiwi slices over the eyes to reduce puffiness and darkening, or use it as an ingredient in a natural skincare mask.

Kale is a dark leafy green rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Like many of the other foods on this list, the high vitamin C content makes this a good food choice for fighting premature aging resulting from sun damage. Along with that, Kale offer 45 different flavonoids which provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for better looking skin. Add kale to a green smoothie, in your salad, or make some kale chips for a tasty snack.

Artichokes are eaten steamed or sautéed, are eaten whole a leaf at a time, ore chopped in salads, or added to a delicious array of dips. Artichokes also offer several antioxidants which reduce the proliferation of cancer cells such as: quercetin, anthocyanin, and silymarin. Artichokes are also an excellent source of fiber which helps the body detox.

Green Tea
Green tea offers all kinds of health benefits, but when it comes to your skin the acne-fighting antioxidants (polyphenols) found in green tea fight against free radicals and help cleanse your system which leaves you with glowing healthy skin. Drink it hot or switch it out for your ordinary iced tea and drink it as a refreshing, cold summer beverage.

While genetics and other lifestyle and environmental factors play a role in how our skin looks, it turns out that what's on your plate is most likely the biggest factor in how young you look, whether or not you have acne, and in general how healthy your skin is.

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