[By Helen Gilmore]
BEAUTY BENEFITS: reduce crow’s feet and other age-related skin woes
Cabbage can help get rid of crow’s feet, which are a sign that you may have high cortisol levels. High cortisol can cause the skin to break down faster and wrinkles to appear. The adrenal gland is responsible for making cortisol. By incorporating anti-inflammatory and vitamin A-, C- and E-rich food like cabbage into your diet, you can help to lower cortisol levels, diminish crow’s feet, and prevent lines from forming in the first place. Try to choose purple cabbage because it has 6 to 8 times more vitamin C than green.
In fact, one cup of purple cabbage is 80% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C you need. In order to get the most benefits, incorporate into your diet 3-5 times a week.
BEAUTY BENEFITS: help uneven skin tone
Watercress is a beauty food that can tackle patchy and uneven skin tone, which is often a sign of poor circulation or not enough blood, oxygen and nutrients getting to the skin. Poor circulation is a big concern and can cause a number of health issues from hair loss to darkening of the skin.
Watercress has the ability to cleanse and oxygenate tissues for better blood flow and glowing skin. It has a high amount of iron, which helps your red blood cells carry more oxygen to the body and the skin. Additionally, it is rich in calcium and iodine, which can help prevent a dull complexion.
BEAUTY BENEFITS: brighten dull eyes and improve lymphatic flow
Beets can help brighten dull eyes and flush your lymphatic system. Flushing out your lymphatic system can help bring youthfulness back by clearing cloudiness and whitening the whites of your eyes. Beets are high in iron and contain the antioxidant betacyanin, which supports liver and lymphatic health.
Beets are a beauty food because they are a natural colon cleanser that can remove toxins and congestion from the body, including in the capillaries traveling to the eye. They can also increase oxygen-carrying ability in the blood by 400 percent!
BEAUTY BENEFITS: detoxifying and internal cleansing
Cilantro is a beauty food that helps to remove heavy metals from your system that enlarge fat cells. These toxins can increase the appearance of cellulite on your body. Cilantro has cleansing properties and can be easily incorporated into your diet every morning – Snyder adds cilantro to her green smoothie for breakfast.
If you really can’t stand the taste of cilantro, try incorporating parsley into your diet because it has some similar anti-cellulite effects.
BEAUTY BENEFITS: reduce cellulite, boost skin healing
Another beauty food you can fight cellulite with is with citrus fruit. Citrus fruit provides a boost of vitamin C, which can help to repair skin collagen and prevent cellulite from being so visible.
The best time to eat citrus fruit in order to get the best results is in the morning on an empty stomach.
* Selected as Editor’s Choice Dec 2013*