We have discussed on several occasions what choices to make for healthier eating habits. But did you know that there are certain foods you can integrate into your diet that will help improve the health of certain parts of your body?
For Your Eyes
The Vitamin A, or beta-carotene, in carrots has long been understood to help the different parts of the eye function optimally. The lutein and other antioxidants in leafy greens also help lower the risk of certain eye ailments such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Those same antioxidants as well as zinc are also present in eggs to help prevent those same conditions. The vitamin C in citrus and berries can reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
For Your Skin
In addition to all of the skincare and sunscreen that we slather on, we can also help nourish and fortify our skin from the inside out. Chocolate (yay!) can help hydrate your skin and boost your luminosity, and dark chocolate in particular contains high levels of antioxidants. Many diets warn you off of dairy, but the protein from dairy actually helps firm the skin so that the fine lines and wrinkles are less pronounced. Green and yellow vegetables contain carotenoids which can help reduce the signs of aging and decrease the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
For Your Digestive System
And of course the food we eat affects the system that processes it. Whole grains such as wholemeal couscous, brown rice, and oats are great sources of fiber which aids digestion. Probiotics such as those found in yogurt, kefir, or fermented vegetables like sauerkraut aid the digestive system by pushing out the harmful bacteria, boosting the immune system, and improving the overall health of the intestines.