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Radiant Skin Begins With Clean Plates

Posted: 07/06/2012 8:00 pm

By Lisa Roberts-Lehan

Glowing skin is anything but skin deep: Our epidermis is often the visible scorecard for how well we eat. Here is a shortlist of my favorite go-to beauty foods. Look for these gems at your local farmer's market, food co-op or health food store, and start noshing your way to luminous skin and glowing inner health.

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  • Berries

    Berry season is blossoming at farmers markets around the country. As rich sources of antioxidants, berries -- strawberries, blueberries blackberries and raspberries -- help <a href="http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/psychology/health_psychology/anoxres.htm#Antioxidants and Free Radicals" target="_hplink">protect your skin's collagen</a> from free radical damage (think wrinkles) caused by too much stress, sun, and pollutants. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mukluk/64080481/" target="_hplink">Dano</a></em>

  • Dark Leafy Greens

    Dark green, leafy vegetables -- kale, collards, chard, spinach, arugula, watercress, parsley, and wheat and barley grasses -- are chlorophyll-rich foods available at local farmers markets. Chlorophyll is a pigment that catches the sun's energy and can potentially emanate its benefits to you: Someone who eats plenty of greens has radiant skin. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gloryfoods/6354686247/" target="_hplink">Glory Foods</a></em>

  • Radishes

    Farmers markets are brimming with organic spring radishes fresh from the field. This humble root might hold the triple crown of glowing skin: <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/169024-vitamins-that-stimulate-collagen-production/" target="_hplink">Vitamin C</a>, <a href="http://wellnessadvocate.com/?rtc=2088&welltrients_id=10089" target="_hplink">sulfur</a> and <a href="http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2003/apr2003_report_silicon_01.html" target="_hplink">silicon</a> all support collagen production and help keep skin moist and elastic. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/desiitaly/2583828776/" target="_hplink">the Italian voice</a></em>

  • Dark Chocolate And Raw Cacao

    The benefits of cacao in high-quality, organic, raw chocolate and 70 percent dark chocolate seem endless. The <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16702322" target="_hplink">super dose of antioxidants</a> helps increase hydration, improves blood flow, enhances texture and cell renewal. Cacao has a high concentration of <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/182861-the-use-of-sulfur-for-skin-care/" target="_hplink">the mineral sulfur</a>, known to help promote beautiful skin. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chocolatereviews/5033148227/" target="_hplink">Chocolate Reviews</a></em>

  • Flax, Hemp And Chia Seeds

    These beautifying seeds are rich sources of ALA (alpha-linoleic acid) omega-3 fatty acids. <a href="http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=54286" target="_hplink">High levels of ALA</a> may help prevent wrinkles and protect against sun damage, resulting in youthful, nourished skin that glows! <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/waferboard/6054867934/" target="_hplink">waferboard</a></em>

  • Olive Oil

    Mediterranean cultures have long appreciated this green elixir for its healthful properties: Organic, cold-pressed olive oil is rich in vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids. These <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/36273089/ns/today-today_health/t/foods-younger-looking-supple-skin/%23.T9ZQieJYvDM#.T9uFfj5YtZY" target="_hplink">nutrients help</a> keep skin looking soft, smooth and radiant. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sikachu/4783484352/" target="_hplink">Sikachu!</a></em>

  • Water

    Dry, rough and dull skin is often a sign of dehydration. Ensure your body is hydrated and keep skin moist and supple by drinking plenty of water. <br><br> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/darwinbell/286131360/" target="_hplink">Darwin Bell</a></em>

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