Foods to Get You Fit and Beautiful this Summer

Summer is finally here.  Chances are, you would be out and about this season going to the beach or spending time outside doing all kinds of activities in the sun.  With that in mind, why not look good and feel good at the same time while you’re at it?  Here’s a number of Nutrient-rich foods that have been proven to keep you fit, reduce your risk of heart disease, and even protect your skin to keep you looking healthy….

1.  Strawberries

Strawberries are not only sweet, they can also keep your skin looking gorgeous.  The vitamin C in strawberries acts as an important building block of collagen–the underlying supporting structure of skin.  Just 1 cup of this fruit contains over 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.

2.  Romaine Lettuce

Just six leaves of romaine lettuce provide more than 100 percent of your DV of vitamin A, which revitalizes skin by increasing cell turnover.  Also, the mineral potassium in romaine gives skin a refreshing boost of nutrients and oxygen by improving circulation.

3.  Tomatoes

Eating red may help save your skin from turning red!  Volunteers who consumed 5 tablespoons of high-in-lycopene tomato paste daily for 3 months had nearly 25% more protection against sunburn in one study.

4.  Apples

Quercetin, an antioxidant in the peel of many varieties, provides some protection from the “burning” UVB rays that can trigger skin cancer.

5.  Water

Skin cells contain mostly water, and if you’re dehydrated, skin can look and feel parched.  Needless to say, it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking when you’re thirsty.

6.  Tea

Tea is rich in antioxidants that decrease inflammation and protect cell membranes.  Some studies have shown that tea may also reduce the damage of sunburns and overexposure to ultraviolet light.

Credit source: Cooking Light.

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