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Superfoods According to State

The United States of America has always been a popular tourist destination for people all over the world. The country enjoys a high standard of life and attracts millions of tourists from every corner of the world year after year. A trip to the United States requires a lot of planning and you’re bound to try out new cuisines or dishes every single day. Now, if you’re a skin care enthusiast like we are, you would be well aware that traveling causes a lot of damage to your skin. It might not be entirely possible to follow a definite skin care routine on a holiday, but it is more than possible to add a few superfoods into your diets so that these powerful items can give you the extra protection that your skin and your body needs. Here is a list of the all-star superfoods for the top 5 most touristed states in the United States.

 

California

The sun and the sand, the lure of Hollywood, trips to the Alcatraz, world famous cities like San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles; how do you fit everything into a single trip? You cramp up everything and push your body to the limits. And what gets affected the most? Of course, your skin does. To prevent this from happening, try out the locally grown Avocados. Californians love their avocados and you can easily find them all over the state. They are known to be full of fiber as well as Vitamins C and K. Avocados go a long way in delivering heart-healthy fats that boost the function of nutrients like beta-carotene and lycopene.

 

New York

The beaches, the countless outdoor activities, beautiful architecture and delightful cuisines mean endless explorations, a lot of walking and equal amounts of partying as well. So what can you choose in New York to save your skin from this damage? As they say, an apple a day, keeps the docs at bay. Apples are grown all over the state and are known to be full of quercetin, an extremely powerful antioxidant that helps you boost your memory and improve your lung function. Apples are also full of fiber, something that helps them to reduce bad cholesterol levels.

 

Washington

Washington is home to Washington D.C., the most powerful state in the world. Politics might be the order of the day, but that doesn’t take away anything from attractions like the Smithsonian, the White House, National Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, International Spy Museum and the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool. All this might seem to be too much, but you’re just scratching the surface. We haven’t even started with everything the state has to offer. Washington is definitely one of the most beautiful states in the US and it is home to spectacular scenery, beautiful forests, gorgeous lakes and excellent glaciers. The seafood and local wine are delightful as well. So how do you balance it all out? Fall in love with onions the way the locals do. Onions can help you to lower your cholesterol levels, reduce the risks of heart failure and regulate your blood pressure. Red onions are particularly rich in quercetin, the same antioxidant that makes apples famous.

 

Florida

The Everglades, the Keys, Universal Studios, Disney adventures, breathtaking beaches and wild South Beach parties – the ideal concoction to damage your skin like no other. Luckily for you, the official fruit of the state is good enough to negate any damage caused during your holidays. Oranges, the poster girls for Vitamin C, also offer filling fiber that help you to keep your taste buds at bay. And we don’t need to describe the skin benefits of Vitamin C, do we?

 

Texas

There’s just so much to do in cities like Houston, San Antonio and Austin and then there’s the Wild West lifestyle to enjoy as well. Balance out all the ruckus with the help of grapefruit, the official fruits of the state. Grapefruits are known to be an amazing source of Vitamin C and fiber. This helps you to take care of your skin and stop your tummies from stomping their weight around every time you pass an inviting restaurant or café. Furthermore, grapefruits are also full of water. This helps you to stay hydrated while you’re trying to make a mark with those cowboy hats and cowboy boots.

Top Food Items That Make Eating Well Easy

Healthy eating might not sound attractive when you have those delicious cakes, tasty looking pizzas and beautiful pastas to choose from. After all, who would choose a salad instead of fries or burgers? But, you’d be surprised to know that healthy eating doesn’t always have to boring. You can create some of the most glamorous dishes without compromising on the taste. Here is a list of some of the top food items that make eating well easy. No single food item on this list might be a cure-it-all, but each item definitely plays a significant role in improving your health as well as our skin.

 

Red Pepper

Red Pepper is yet another food item that is highly beneficial for pregnant ladies. It is full of Vitamins A, C and B6. Red pepper is also known to be one of the best ways to eat vegetables. Add them with your pasta dishes, grill them, chop them into your salsa or serve them with with the sandwiches – the options are endless.

 

Beans

Beans are considered to be extremely beneficial for the heart. According to a study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition, about ½ cups of cooked beans can help the body to lower its cholesterol levels. Beans are also responsible for producing short-chain fatty acids that inhibit the formation of cholesterol. Furthermore, beans contain flavanoids, healthy ingredients that are usually found in chocolate and wine. Flavanoids are known to help in reducing the chances of strokes and heart attacks because they prevent platelets from getting attached to the blood stream.

 

Yogurt

Yogurt has been proved to be highly beneficial against gum diseases. According to a study that was published in the Journal of Periodontology, people who consume higher volumes of yogurt have the healthiest gums. This is also said to help in countering the growth of bacteria in the month, boost the immunity levels and improve the digestive systems as well. However, the amount of yogurt that needs to be consumed in order to reap its benefits is still not crystal clear.

 

Berries

Berries are an excellent source of fiber, something that is quite lacking among Americans. Berries help in promoting weight loss (another common problem in America). Raspberries are known to offer anti-cancer properties, Strawberries aid in skin–firming and Blueberries help to increase mental sharpness.

 

Broccoli

Broccoli, one of the top food items that make eating well easy, is also known to be the most favorite cruciferous vegetable in the United States of America. Broccoli is full of Vitamin A, folic acids, Calcium and Vitamin C. This makes it an extremely healthy choice for pregnant women as well. The best way to have broccoli is to stir-fry it with pasta and seafood and serve it steamed.

 

Goat Meat

Goat meat is considered to be the most consumed meat in the world. Yes, all you ham loving people. Other meats don’t even come close. Goat meat isn’t as popular in America, but the craze seems to be catching up here as well. And for all the good reasons. Goat Meat is considered to be extremely rich in B-group Vitamins, Vitamin E, amino acids, phosphorus, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, copper, zinc and iron. This helps it to take care of the heart, improve cholesterol levels and reduce the chances of cardiovascular diseases.

 

Eggs

Eggs are known to be one of the best sources of high quality proteins. According to recent studies, people who ate scrambled eggs for breakfast, felt more content and satisfied in the long run. Eggs are also known to contain zeaxanthin and lutein, antioxidants that can help you in keeping your eyes healthy and reduce the risk of muscular degeneration. Luteins also offer a natural form of protection against the harmful UV rays of the sun.

 

Whole Grains

Whole Grains help in keeping you leaner and also reduce the chances of heart diseases. Whole grains are known to contain phytoestrogens, phytosterols and antioxidants, all three of which are known to protect the body from heart diseases. According to a study conducted by the Harvard University, those who eat whole grains have a 40% lesser chance of heart diseases.

Of course, this list offers you with just some of the food items that make eating well easy. There are a number of other ingredients that you can choose and enjoy similar benefits as well. Some of the food items that deserve special mention include kiwi, oranges, papaya, apricots and yams.

 

 

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