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1.Plump up your skin
You can keep your skin looking youthful by eating orange fruits and vegetables like sweet potato and carrots.
They contain fat-soluble antioxidants, which protect important structures, including collagen and elastin, from damage.
They also reduce inflammation and help the skin to look a little plumper.
2.Be more energetic
Raw Wild Salmon With Seasonings Salmon is an excellent source of B12
B vitamins are essential when it comes to turning the food we eat into energy, so stock up on wholegrains (brown rice, wholewheat pasta, quinoa, etc), green leafy vegetables and eggs.
Avoid white bread, white rice, white pasta and sugary foods, which cause energy highs followed by energy slumps.
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Drink water every day
The first obvious step is to eat more fibre. The second is to stay hydrated. Water is the key to fibre doing its job – it takes on the water and swells, which stimulates your bowels and keeps thing moving.
Also, our gut is full of good bacteria that regulates our digestion, so support these do-gooders by eating prebiotic foods, such as parsnips and onions.
4.Get rid of breakouts
Help regulate oil production and fight off acne-causing infections by eating foods rich in zinc, such as seafood, asparagus and pumpkin seeds.
As well as acne, skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can be improved by upping your intake of omega 3 with oily fish and seeds.
This vital fat helps reduce skin inflammation and improves
its ability to retain moisture.
5.Ward off colds
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Goji berries help to increase white blood cells
Foods that contain polysaccharides (a type of undigestable sugar), such as shiitake mushrooms and goji berries, have been shown to increase white blood cell numbers, which help to fight off infections.
Then add nature’s natural healers, like garlic (antiviral), ginger (anti-inflammatory) and chilli (decongestant), to your meals for a boost.
Foods rich in tryptophan (an amino acid that’s converted into melatonin – the sleep inducer) will help you to nod off easier, so stock up on turkey, tuna and bananas.
Eat these with your evening meal, along with green leafy vegetables, which are high in muscle-relaxing magnesium, and you’re on your way to having a good night’s sleep.
Cherries are a great evening snack too, because they are good sources of melatonin.
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