Increasing your veggie intake is a simple way to improve your overall health.  Vegetables can slow down the aging process and help prevent disease states, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke, and dementia.  Today we’re focusing on how vegetable consumption can improve the appearance and condition of your skin.  So if you want beautiful, vibrant, and younger-looking skin, feed your face with veggies!

Skin Hydration and Collagen

Vegetables hydrate the skin, helping to reduce wrinkles.  Many veggies contain a large percentage of water – up to 95 percent.  In addition, they contain phytonutrients that slow down the aging process by preventing cell damage from stress, environmental toxins, and ultraviolet light.  Collagen is a substance most commonly found in the skin, bones, and connective tissue in the body and provides structural support, strength and elasticity.  It is required in the replacement and restoration of dead skin cells.  As collagen production naturally declines with age, skin loses the elasticity it once had, causing sagging skin and the formation of lines and wrinkles.  Vegetables that aid in collagen formation include tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and broccoli.  And remember, it’s always best to eat foods that are in season, especially in your local area.  This will help to ensure they are fresh and at peak nutritional value, as well as typically being less expensive.

Other Skin-Friendly Nutrients

Beta-carotene can help protect your skin from sun damage.  Choose these vibrantly red and orange colored vegetables such as carrots, winter squash, and peppers.  The carotenoids (pigment) found in these and other fruits and vegetables can actually give your complexion that warm, healthy glow.  Add spinach to your diet and not only will you get the beta-carotene, but it also contains lutein, a substance shown to improve skin elasticity.  And let’s not forget beetroot.  It’s a rich source of anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that also prevent the appearance of wrinkles.  You’ll be pink and glowing!

At Rejuvena, we believe your appearance is a direct reflection of what’s going on beneath the surface.  The healthier you are, the better you’ll look.

 

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/08/vegetable-health-benefits.aspx

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