Do you look in the mirror and see dark circles under your eyes? If so, try increasing the vitamin K in your diet--with Kale! 1 cup of Kale packs 684% of the RDA of Vitamin K.
If you like a morning smoothie for breakfast, like I do, add a handful of spinach or kale and power up the skin saving nutrients!
Today, I boosted my morning smoothie with handful of spinach to the 1/2 banana, 4 large strawberries, 1 tsp. Coconut Oil, and protein powder. Why? Spinach is a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Here are a few items I'm going to pick up at the grocery store today that are also known to help keep our skin healthy and glowing!
Kale - a rich source of vitamin K. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits that helps you stay less bloated, which can prevent puffiness on the face. The sulfur content in kale aids in reducing redness and flakiness, and vitamin K helps ward off cancer, while keeping circulation healthy.
Blueberries - This low-profile berry was ranked #1 in antioxidant activity by the USDA compared to 40 common fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in blueberries help to neutralize free radicals, which might otherwise damage skin cells, leaving your skin with a younger and softer look and feel.
Sweet Potatoes - The vitamin A per serving of sweet potatoes even rivals that of green leafy vegetables, providing 769% of the daily value per serving. Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis – where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are, so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Vitamin A actually slows the normal aging breakdown of your collagen and elastin.
Red Peppers - A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange—190 mg. Vitamin C provides potent antioxidant protection, shielding skin from damaging free radicals—those pesky rogue molecules that promote premature aging. The most abundant forms of free-radical damage are environmental factors we can’t escape—think sun damage, pollution and oxygen—that assault skin on a daily basis, but that’s where topical vitamin C can help.
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It finally feels like a Winter Day in Southern California. 50 degree high! The perfect day to try a new soup recipe.
I made the change to whole food, plant-based eating nine months ago and while it's had its challenges, the rewards have been greater. The challenges have been to break the Meat, Carb, Veggie meal habit I was in for 50 years, to Carb and Veggie only, minus dairy. Also, I no longer think of carbs as the enemy. In fact, they are my new bff's.
The fun part of teaching myself to cook differently is the ethnic dishes I've discovered. Today, it's African Peanut Soup. Oh my gosh, the spices! I love the way our house smells as I broaden my culinary horizons.
Have you noticed changes in your skin over 50? Hormonal changes cause everything from enlarged pores to painful cysts. Decreases in estrogen levels leave the skin drier, thinner, more sensitive and less toned post 50. We can't control getting older, but what about the things we can change?
4 things we do to contribute to bad skin days:
Just watch the news and you'll hear the flu is hitting us hard this year and the flu vaccine is less than 10% effective. More than ever it's important to find ways to boost our immune system and protect ourselves.
5 Tips to avoid the flu (some you haven't heard before!)
Am I the only one who hadn't heard of #1 before?
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