Eat Right for Healthy Skin

October 21st, 2014

dark chocolate

If you’re anything like me, you probably worry about your skin. For me, it’s my physical feature that I’m the least confident about, so I want to do everything I can to protect it and keep it healthy. Ironically, some of the things that we can do to keep our skin looking good can actually damage them in the long term.

The best example of this is tanning, which can cause skin cancer. Also, some skin lighteners contain hydroquinone, which can be dangerous. As my friend Amy over at BestWhiteningCream says, you should always choose a skin lightening cream that doesn’t have hydroquinone. (Click here to learn how to lighten skin over at Amy’s site – she works really hard on it.)

But it’s not enough to just avoid dangerous activities to keep our skin healthy. We need to be proactive. Certain foods can help you keep your skin healthy, so it’s important to include them in your diet. What foods are the best for your skin?

1. Dark chocolate - Surprise! Chocolate has long had a bad reputation as causing acne, which has no scientific basis whatsoever. Dark chocolate is actually great for your skin, because it contains flavonols and antioxidants that slow aging, and the cocoa helps keep your skin hydrated. Eat it in moderation though. If you’re a chocolate lover like me, it’s easy to go overboard.

2. Soy or edamame - According to Fitness Magazine, soy is rich in protein and contains minerals that help reduce hyperpigmentation in your skin. So if you want to get an even skin tone, edamame is a great snack. Avoid soy sauce though; it has lots of salt and other unhealthy ingredients that more than cancel out any health benefits from the soy itself.

3. Tomatoes - Tomatoes are another antioxidant-rich food. They contain lycopene, which can help protect you from sunburn by increasing your skin’s natural SPF. It’s definitely not a replacement for a good sunscreen, but it can help improve its effectiveness. Plus, tomatoes are one of the most potassium-rich foods, containing more than twice as much potassium as bananas!

These are my three favorite foods for healthy skin. Keep in mind that I’m not a doctor, so don’t use this as medical advice. These are just foods that I enjoy which also seem to have some great health benefits. I hope that this helps you. What foods do you think are the best for your skin?

Best Foods For a Good Night’s Sleep

September 8th, 2014

Good Morning Snore Solution Reviews

I have never been a deep sleeper. When I was in college, I would frequently wake up several times during the night and be unable to fall back to sleep. Even now, it can sometimes be hard for me to fall asleep. To top it off, I snore and have sleep apnea, which drives my husband crazy and causes me to wake up in the middle of the night. I found that getting a good anti-snoring product like Good Morning Snore Solution or zQuiet helps me quit snoring and sleep better, but I still frequently struggle with insomnia.

Fortunately, eating a healthy diet can help you sleep better. If you are tired of waking up in the middle of the night, be sure to add these foods to your diet:

1. Chamomile tea - A nice cup of chamomile tea before bedtime can be a relaxing ritual. It contains natural sedatives, and is naturally caffeine-free. This should go without saying, but if you’re going to drink tea before bedtime, make sure that it’s caffeine-free or it’s going to have the opposite effect.

2. Eggs - Generally I’m not a fan of high-protein foods before bed, because protein is harder for your body to digest than fat or carbs. However, eggs are the one exception. According to WebMD, eggs contain tryptophan, which makes you drowsy. Personally I like to have a hard-boiled egg about an hour before I go to bed, so that the tryptophan will take effect at just the right time.

3. Kale - Is there anything that kale can’t do? It’s truly a miracle food, because it seems to pop up on every list of “best foods for” whatever. Kale has a lot of calcium, which can help you fall asleep. If you’re going to eat just one green vegetable before bed, make it kale.

4. Yogurt – Yogurt works for the same reason that kale does: it’s rich in calcium. Any dairy product will do the job, but yogurt is best. If you don’t like yogurt, a glass of milk will do the job too.

5. Bananas - Bananas are rich in Vitamin B6, which helps your body product melatonin. Melatonin causes you to get sleepy. It’s important to note that bananas are a slow-acting sleep aid. Don’t eat them just before bed with the expectation that they’ll help you immediately. Instead, you should regularly incorporate them into your diet so that you sleep better in the long term.

6. Cherries - Cherries (along with bananas) are the best fruits for sleep. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin. Much like bananas, cherries are a long-term solution rather than a quick fix. You should make them a staple of your diet to improve your long-term quality of sleep.

Another great thing is that the last four foods on this list all go great together. You can make a green smoothie consisting of kale, yogurt, bananas, and cherries in the evening. Not only is it delicious, but it contains a lot of nutrients and will improve your sleep!