You know by now that beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder, but also beauty can be found on your plate, during every meal. Healthy, nutritious food is essential for feeling good. And feeling good, more often than not, also leads to looking good! Try some beauty foods!
Raise your hand: who here have no complaints about their looks? Unfortunately, we seem to be taught to always find something wrong with our physical appearance, even if others don’t. Some of these things are just us being unhealthily critical. Others stick out like sore thumbs when we look in the mirror: wrinkles, black circles under our eyes, and puffiness.
Some of these complaints we have come from lapses in our diet! And they’re quite fixable. But there are some beauty foods you can find in any grocery store, and, according to science, help you glow and keep your beauty. We’ve organized them so that they touch upon multiple beauty needs.
5 essential beauty foods for more glow and confidence
1. What to eat for healthy skin
If you want to have brighter, natural-glowed skin, then you need to work on your collagen. It’s a fibrous protein that keeps skin firm, youthful-looking and wrinkle-free and it starts to have a natural decline in your twenties. Soy foods and especially edamame help preserve that collagen because they’re rich in isoflavones.
To that effect, there’s a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The research was conducted on mice who were fed isoflavones and exposed to ultraviolet radiation. They turned out to have fewer wrinkles and smoother skin than mice who had not eaten isoflavones.
Another solution? Foods that have eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA, one of those omega-3 fatty acids we’ve heard so much about. You can get your dose of EPA from fatty fish like salmon and sardines, which are beauty foods, but also try fish oil supplements.
2. What to eat for a healthy smile
I swear, raisins have a bad reputation for no good reason! Just because they’re sweet and kinda sticky, that doesn’t mean they’re not good for your teeth. Because they are, thanks to their antioxidants which fight the growth of a particular type of bacteria. That’s why raisins limit inflammation and the spread of gum disease.
If you are not a fan of raisins – I get it, my sister always picks them out of her food – then there are other things to try. Like green tea. A Japanese study showed that having a daily cup of green tea lowered the risk of men developing gum disease.
3. What to eat for a good breath
If you want your breath to be sensational and garlic-free, then the remedy is completely herbal: fresh parsley. I love garlic and the idea that I can’t eat it when I’m meeting other people or at work fills me with dread. Not to mention that garlic is pretty healthy for anyone. But there are ways around the bad breath. Like having foods rich in polyphenols, which break down the sulfur compounds in garlic.
One of these polyphenol-rich foods is parsley, which you can combine with garlic in a meal and you’re all set with fresh breath. If you don’t like parsley, there are other things you can try. Like basil, apples, but also spinach. These all are rich in those useful polyphenols.
4. What to use for healthier eyes
The solution to that is classic. At least for me, since my grandma revealed this to me when I didn’t even know how to read. Just slice some nice cucumbers and place the slices over your puffy, tired, reddened eyes. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce that nasty swelling.
5. What to eat for a better beauty sleep
Beauty sleep is not just a cliche, it’s also a fact. If you get a good night sleep, you will look fresh and glowing in the morning. The connection between beauty and sleep has been proved more recently by a study published in the British Medical Journal. People rated study participants as more attractive and healthier after they had had a good night sleep (7-9 hours, depending on your needs). Sleep-deprived people got lower ratings, independent of their facial features.
What foods can help you sleep better? Foods rich in tryptophan, like turkey meat, for one. No wonder you get so sleepy after your Thanksgiving meal. And also, tart cherry juice, which contains melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep cycles and help induce that sleepy feeling.