What exactly are “pretty foods”?  Well, it’s simple really.  The foods you eat directly affect your health, your appearance and play a significant role in how well you age.  Find out how incorporating these recommended foods regularly into your diet can make a positive difference in all aspects of your life.

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Cocoa

Cocoa contains high levels of flavonols, a powerful antioxidant.  It’s not only very hydrating to your skin, but it can improve memory, increase your sense of well-being, reduce heart disease, help shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy.

Wild Salmon, Walnuts, & Flax Seeds

Foods rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids improves elasticity of skin and prevents dry skin and acne.  In addition, its anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to prevent heart disease and stroke, promote brain health, including memory enhancement and prevention of depression, and plays a protective role in cancer.

Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants.  Its many healing effects include improved brain function, increased fat burning, lowered risk of certain cancers (breast, prostate, colorectal), improved sensitivity, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Pomegranates

Packed with polyphenol antioxidants, pomegranates fight free radicals, regulate skin’s blood flow, and protect against heart disease.

Sunflower Seeds

Chockfull of vitamin /E, sunflower seeds protect your skin’s top layers from the sun and also help to treat dry skin areas, such as lips and heels when applied topically.

Egg Whites, Turkey, Fish, Beans, Almonds

These protein-containing foods not only help to keep your hair healthy, but protein

Is a critical nutrient for building muscle mass, supporting neurological function, aiding digestion, helping to balance hormones naturally and regulating blood sugar levels throughout the day

Peppers

Rich in vitamin C, peppers contain an antioxidant that helps protect your body from free radicals that damage cells, contributing to disease development and the aging process.  Vitamin C also plays a vital role in controlling infections, healing, and developing collagen, a tissue needed for maintaining healthy bones, teeth, gums, skin and blood vessels.

Pumpkin Seeds, Cashews & Spinach

High in zinc (an essential trace mineral that plays a role in over 100 enzymatic reactions in the body), it protects against oxidative damage, helps with wound healing, makes DNA, and helps with the formation of hemoglobin.

Cranberries

Their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds may protect the brain from age-related memory issues and coordination loss.  Cranberries have vitamins K and E, which are good sources of manganese and fiber.  In addition, the phytochemical in cranberries (called proanthocyanidins) prevent bacteria from sticking and multiplying, which leads to improved urinary tract health.

Tomatoes, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes

These foods are all good sources of carotenoids that help to protect skin against sunburn.  Dietary carotenoids provide health benefits in decreasing the risk of disease, particularly certain cancers and eye disease.