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Resveralife on Foods That Your Body Will Love

The Vitamins Your Body Needs

Vitamins and minerals are essential for our body and help us stay healthy and active, that’s what we have learned from the time we were in middle school. The use of vitamins though and it’s intake is not just restricted to how well the body can function, our skin needs the right amount of vitamins to look good too. Vitamin C, for instance, is used extensively in many beauty products today.

However, we need vitamins for more things than just looking good.

For one, we need them to feel better too. Most of us don’t have that time to have a properly planned meal all the time – we have urgent appointments and meetings to handle and a work life that makes healthy eating a lot more difficult

Yet, the value of vitamins can never be underestimated. They supply our body with the needed nutrition and also do a world of good to our external and internal body parts. We will discuss each vitamin and find out foods which are rich them in so that you can create the perfect diet for yourself and receive your daily dose of all vitamins. Try to consume less of fatty foods and foods high in sugar and focus on these food items more.

Vitamin A rich foods

Vitamin A helps in proper vision and gene transcription. It also improves the health of our skin and boosts to the immune system. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to improper vision and even blindness and make one suffer from viral infections. Foods which are rich in Vitamin A are cooked sweet potato, cooked carrots, dark leafy greens, squash, lettuce, dried apricots, cantaloupe melon, sweet red peppers, mangoes and tuna fish.

 

Molecule of vitamin A

 

Vitamin B12 rich foods

Vitamin B12, also known as Cobalamin and helps to increase blood levels in the body, keeps the body active and mind fresh. People who suffer from this deficiency may experience permanent damage to the brain or nervous system. The main food items that are rich in this vitamin are cooked shellfish, liver or beef, fishes like mackerel, crabs, fortified bran and also soy products such as silken tofu, red meat, skimmed milk, swiss cheese and eggs.

Vitamin C rich foods

Vitamin C is quite essential for the body as it helps maintain tissues, cartilages and blood vessels. It is an antioxidant which reduces stress levels in the body and also lowers the risk of cancer. The major food items that are rich in this vitamin are yellow bell peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, kiwi, citrus fruits such as oranges and clementine, strawberries, tomatoes, papayas and peas.

Vitamin D rich foods

Vitamin D is important for the body as it helps in complete absorption of calcium, cell growth, bone development, immune functioning, reduction of inflammation and also neuromuscular functioning. Vitamin D deficiency can make the immune system weak, increase risk of cancer, leads to hair fall, and weaken the bones and muscles. The foods rich in this vitamin are cod liver oil, oily fishes like trout, mushrooms, fortified cereals, tofu, cheese, egg yolks, caviar and dairy products.

Vitamin E rich foods

Vitamin E helps to protect the body against diseases of the heart, cancer and also eye-related problems. It also makes the skin soft and smooth and nourishes it from within. Vitamin E should not be consumed in large quantities though. You will find Vitamin E abundantly in silken tofu, cooked spinach, nuts like almonds, sunflower seeds, avocados, shellfish, rainbow trout fish, olive oil, broccoli, squash and pumpkin.

 

Have any more Vitamin rich foods to offer? comment below or let us know

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Resveralife Live Well Guide: Better Health with Gratitude

We normally celebrate the festival of offering thanks once a year, but how about celebrating this practice throughout the year? Researchers say that showing gratitude on a daily basis can help you enjoy optimal health. Is this really possible? Can one stay healthy without a strict diet, exercise routine or medication? Are positive emotions enough to guarantee good health? There are a number of questions that might be running through your minds, but the connection between gratitude and good health is nothing new. According to Robert Emmons, the Professor of Psychology at the University of California, there are thousands of years of literature which talk about the benefits that showing gratitude has to offer. Apart from psychological and religious literature, modern day science has also proved the wonders that gratitude has to offer to your health.

The benefits of gratitude

Those who practice gratitude on a daily basis have a definite edge when it comes to their health. People who are grateful by nature manage to take better care of themselves and also manage to engage in protective health behaviors more regularly. This section of the Resveralife Live Well Guide from Vine Vera examines some of the main benefits of gratitude.

1. Stress Buster. Gratitude helps you to relieve stress and it is no secret that stress plays a huge role in making you look and feel sick. Stress is also believed to be the reason behind most of your doctor visits. As it turns out, gratitude can help you to manage stress better because feelings of thankfulness have an immense value in helping people to deal with everyday problems.

2. Gratitude boosts the immune system. People who are grateful by nature are usually known to be more optimistic and this helps to boost the immune system. There is a particular study which shows that being optimistic helped in maintaining a higher number of blood cells that helped to protect the immune system.

Who is likely to be grateful?

There are some people who manage to feel grateful even in the most challenging circumstances. And then there are those who sink into despair the moment the smallest problems disrupt their routines. Gratitude is mostly about a person’s perspective and the framework through which he/ she looks at the world. People who tend to be more grateful are more mindful of the benefits gratitude has to offer.

How to get started?

If you’re looking to follow the principles of Thanksgiving on a daily basis, Vine Vera helps you to get started by offering you with five tips on how to be grateful on a day-to-day basis.

Tip No. 1 – Maintain a weekly journal

Maintaining a weekly journal is one of the most effective ways of being more grateful. All you need to do is set out some time each week to record some of the things that happened during the week for which you feel grateful.

Tip No. 2 – Make the most of visual reminders

Two of the main obstacles to gratitude are lack of awareness and forgetfulness. The best way to counter these problems is to place visual reminders in your bedroom or at your work desk. Another option would be to set a reminder or an alarm on your smartphone or computer which reminds you to take some time out and count your blessings.

Tip No. 3 – Have a partner

Having a gratitude partner helps a lot. Most people lack discipline to do things on their own. This is where having a partner helps. If you stick around people who are grateful by nature, you are more than likely to inculcate their values and follow them on your own.

Tip No. 4 – Make a public commitment to be grateful

Social support groups have grown in relevance over the years. You can find all kinds of social support groups in your city or on the internet. Become a part of one of these support groups that supports being grateful and try to set weekly goals for yourself. If you make this goal public within the group and share your status update after each week, chances are that you will be more likely to follow through on your promises.

Tip No. 5 – Change the way you converse with yourself

People converse with themselves all the time. Having negative conversations with one’s inner self can lead to a lower mood. All you need to do is try to change your outlook and think about positive things. Change the tone in which you say things to yourself and this should actually work wonders in making you more grateful.

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Resveralife Examines the Relationship Between Gratitude and Your Health

Irrespective of how you are planning to spend Thanksgiving this year or who you plan to spend it with, make sure that you celebrate the festival the way it is meant to be celebrated. Thanksgiving is a day to spend some quality time with your loved ones and celebrate your victories of the past year. It is a day to show that you love someone and a day when you express your feelings with gratitude. And gratitude doesn’t just make you a nicer person. It also helps you to look better and live for a longer period of time.

Recent studies conducted to determine the effects of adding gratitude to one’s everyday life have shown that practicing gratitude and saying thanks regularly can help a person to become healthier, calmer, happier and peaceful. Moreover, people who are nice on the inside are also perceived to be more beautiful on the outside.

So what is it that makes being grateful so special? Vine Vera came across a number of theories which state that people who are grateful are more than likely to recognize their core values and prioritize their goals in the correct order. Moreover, these values also help them to take care of themselves as well as their loved ones. In other words, if one practices gratitude on a daily basis, he/ she is more likely to eat better, exercise better, get professional treatments and engage in better protective health behaviors.

Being grateful and practicing gratitude doesn’t need to be very hard and it doesn’t require a major lifestyle change either. Resveralife examines the four simple steps that you can add to your everyday lives in order to start enjoying the health benefits that gratitude has to offer.

Focus on positive things

Life has always been challenging and it always will be challenging. What really matters is how you approach the challenges thrown at you. Gratitude has often been defined as the attitude of a person towards the external and internal world. Thus, those who are more aware of the positive things in their lives, both inside and out, are more than likely to focus their attention on things besides themselves, thereby managing to lead a better and more fulfilling life.

Learn to appreciate what you have

Irrespective of which spectrum of the society we belong to, we often end up looking at others and hoping of having or doing things that they seem to be having or doing. However, most of us don’t bother to remember that there are people who dream of doing and enjoying the same things that we have the privilege of enjoying. There are very few people in the modern world who know how to value and appreciate what they have. It is important to understand that what a person has cannot be calculated only in terms of his/ her material possessions. It also includes the people, the person’s health and the person’s talent. Ultimately, it’s not about what you have or don’t have. It’s about what you feel about what you have.

Try to reframe those challenging situations

Problems are a part and parcel of our life. No one can enjoy a problem-free life. Every person is bound to face some kind of problem or the other at some point of time or the other. As difficult as your problems might seem to be, you need to understand that they won’t always be the same. There will be times when you have problems and there will be times when the going is smooth. After all, that’s the beauty of life. That’s what makes you who you are and defines you as an individual. What you need to understand is that you cannot change people around you or your situations. What you can change is your attitude and how you perceive your problems.

Remind yourself of the reasons for being grateful

Try to appreciate and value the things that you already have. In the midst of our everyday life, it is often easy to forget about the reasons we have to be grateful. Try to think about a few things you have to be grateful before going to sleep. Reflect on your gratitude journal and figure out all you have to be thankful for. It won’t just help you become happy, it will make you a better person as well.

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Reasons to sleep well every night

More Reasons to Get Your Daily Sleep by Vine Vera

If you’re tired and worn out after a long day at work, and feel that you’ve to stay up to watch that late night show you are fond of, you might be better off not to. It’s no secret that scientists want you to sleep eight hours a day – that’s the sleep time you need to have for maintaining a healthy mind.

However, there are more reasons to sleep well – including the benefits sleeping has with your skin.

After a hard day’s work, the only thing we have on our mind is to get a good night’s sleep so that we can get up fresh and energized the next morning. However, did you know that not sleeping well at night can affect your health in the long term? Read on to know the 8 main reasons to sleep for at least 7 – 8 hours every night.

Vine Vera on good night sleep

Better skin – Your lack of sleep shows on your face, there’s no secret about that. The best tonic to look and feel better is to sleep well, because the metabolic rate increases as well replenishing the dead cells on the surface of the skin. Interestingly, the older you are the less sleep you may need and being younger means trying to get more sleep.

Improvises health – Getting insufficient sleep can give way to serious health problems for you in the long run. The feeling of being weak or fatigued starts setting in with irregular or less sleep. People who sleep for at least 8 hours every night are healthier and fitter as compared to those who don’t.

Better sex life – A recent study suggested that 26 percent of the people interviewed in that survey revealed that their sex life suffered immensely due to lack of sleep and being tired at night. Other studies reveal that men who do not get enough sleep have lower testosterone levels as compared to those who sleep well.

Reduces pain – Sleep has the ability to reduce any kind of pain that you might be suffering from currently. Sleep works as a medication for pain. Studies reveal that sleep loss has a direct effect on increased body pain of any kind.

Works as a mood booster – Getting a good night’s sleep helps you to feel good and be less cranky in the morning especially at work. People who do not sleep well often experience anger issues and snap at others without reason. An overtired or fatigued mind can do unwanted things while good sleep can elevate the mood and make you feel happy at all times.

Helps control excessive weight – Getting proper and sufficient sleep at night helps an individual to maintain his weight. Deprived sleep can make your body overtire and you might laze around in bed all day long instead of being physically active. Also, people who do not sleep well at night tend to be hungrier during the day and crave for high-fat and high-calories food items.

Clears thoughts – A good night’s sleep helps a person to wake up with clear thoughts in the morning. He is able to focus on his work, make lesser mistakes and also perform better in all that he does. Individuals who do not sleep well often feel distracted and make mistakes repeatedly.

Sharpens memory – When your brain is able to get the right amount of rest and that too soundly, it functions better the next day. The brain is able to consolidate the memories and process them easily thereby sharpening the individual’s memory for the future. Decreased sleep can also give rise to false memories.

And now after you had a good night sleep don’t forget to read about having a better morning.

 

 

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Resveralife Look Well: Holiday Look Inspiration

The holidays are here, and it’s time to begin thinking about how you can look your absolute best for the season. From clothing, to skin, to cosmetic products and hairstyles, these are all fun ways to improve and build upon your natural beauty. Resveralife has some tips to provide you to help you understand how you can look well for the holidays

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Tip 1: Get Plenty of Rest

Whether or not you realize it, getting enough sleep can be a major component to your overall look. When you lack in getting enough sleep, things such as dark circles under the eyes, tired skin, dull skin, and other skin conditions can ensue. To look and feel your best, be sure to sleep for at least 8-10 hours per night for a refreshed appearance.

 

Tip 2: Stay Hydrated

Be sure to drink enough water. Products such as coffee, sodas, and even tea can dry out your skin and even dehydrate your body due to caffeine. Try to at least increase your water intake to 8 glasses per day on top of other beverages, and if possible, cut back on the main culprits listed above to avoid potential dehydration.

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Tip 3: Nourish Your Skin

Be sure to moisturize your skin on a daily basis – this includes the entire body, not just your face. During these Holiday months, our skin has the ability to become dried out due to the climate change and other factors. Avoid dry, itchy skin by applying a good daily moisturizer – and be sure to take your vitamins, including Vitamin E, C, and Biotin supplements for optimal skin health.

 

Tip 4: Try out Some New Hairstyles

Getting a new, fresh Holiday look – or a few – is simple and easy to do with practice. If you don’t want to go the drastic route and opt for something such as a cut or color, learn to do some new hairstyles on yourself that are quick and easy. You’ll be amazed how simple many of these looks are to achieve, and how much they can change your appearance for the better.

 

Tip 5: Buy a New Coat

Sometimes, something as simple as a new coat for the Holiday season can really spice up any outfit. No matter the style you like, a new coat offers you a fashionable way to stay warm all throughout the Holiday season – and can dramatically change an outfit from cute and stylish, to va va voom!

 

Tip 6: Wear Seasonable Color Schemes

One of the easiest ways to look your best this Holiday season is to be sure you wear colors that match the Holiday’s theme, or at least coincide with the theme. For instance, Christmas colors that look fantastic are red, evergreen, silver, gold, black, navy blue, and whites of different shades.

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Tip 7: Seasonal Cosmetic Colors – Wear Them

Adding a bit of flair to your face is a great way to look your best. By doing something as simple as switching your color palate or incorporating more of the festive looks for the season into your cosmetic regimen, you can’t go wrong and will look fab! Eyeshadow colors and eye liners, along with lipstick shades, are the two most important cosmetic components for the season. Try using some metallic colors for more of a shimmer, or actual shimmer products themselves. Glitter is also complimentary for the holidays. Lipsticks in red or berry shades make for a perfect Holiday look.

 

Easy as Pie

Try some of these simple steps to look your best, and you can’t go wrong. Simple and easy to complete on your own, you’ll be amazed at the transformation things this small can make in your appearance.

Happy Holidays from Resveralife!

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Resveralife Live Well: Stay Healthy Through Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving brings with it a great deal of hustle and bustle, being on the run, cooking, food, and even sleep deprivation. Planning to host a Thanksgiving dinner party or get together can also be taxing on your immune system if you don’t take proper care of yourself. Aside from potentially gaining an extra pound or two, you run the risk of catching illness due to the influx of germs you may be exposed to. Resveralife would like to help by offering some simple tips to staying healthy through the Thanksgiving season to ensure your overall health and well-being.

Taking vitamins is essential to a healthy Thanksgiving

Up Your Vitamin Intake

Ensuring you are getting the proper amount of vitamins on a daily basis will ward off sickness, and help to keep you in great health while also providing plenty of energy. Many people tend to forget taking their vitamins when they are busy or have a lot of running around to do. Remember to take care of yourself so that you won’t get burned out or come down with an illness which is easy to do at this time of year, being that it is cold and flu season. You may want to incorporate preventative supplements, such as Vitamin C, and Echinacea to help ward off the bad germs you come in contact with.

 

Remember to Rest

Giving yourself the chance to get plenty of sleep the day before and the day of Thanksgiving can ensure you stay healthy and are able to fully enjoy the day. When we run on a lack of sleep, our immune systems are decreased, our mood changes for the worse, and we are generally unable to enjoy the day. We also need adequate sleep to regenerate new skin cells, rest our brains, and feel more relaxed. Sleeping for 8-10 hours is the ideal recommended daily allotment.

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Remember Proper Hand Washing Techniques

When you are associating and mingling with people, shaking hands and coming in contact with germs foreign to your body can introduce a whole wealth of sickness. Maintaining proper hand washing methods will ensure you stay healthy through the Thanksgiving holiday. Washing for at least 60 seconds with a good antibacterial soap, such as Dial soap, and while using warm water will ensure most of these germs are killed on contact. Washing from your hands to your elbows will also ensure you get germs which may be hiding under your sleeves.

 

Drink Lots of Water

Not only does drinking adequate amounts of water keep you fully hydrated and able to get through the day feeling your best, but it also flushes out impurities from your system. All of the Thanksgiving foods we indulge in every year can wreak havoc on our intestinal tract, and overeating can also cause its own plethora of problems from constipation, to bloat, to flatulence and even heartburn. Drinking water can help to eliminate these symptoms and clean out your system while keeping you hydrated. It’s one of the best tips Resveralife can offer you!

Drinking water to stay healthy during the holidays

Even while following all of these tips to staying healthy through the Holiday season, you may still come down with something that is beyond your control. However, by maintaining proper care of your body, you increase the chances to stay healthy – and our best is all we can do. Treat yourself right, and never neglect your body. It will certainly thank you for it.

Fruit and cheese skewers

Resveralife Eat Well: Healthy Hors D'oeurves

During the holiday season, providing healthy food options isn’t typically something many of us focus on. We tend to want to provide or offer something to our guests that tastes fabulous without focusing on calorie content. What if there was a way to incorporate healthy with great taste? Resveralife brings you a few hors d’oeuvres that give you the best of both worlds. The best part is, your guests will love them and never be able to tell they are less fat and less calories as they don’t lack in flavor or taste.

Fruit and cheese skewers

Cheese and Fruit Bites

The accompaniment of fruit and cheese is a timeless classic. Serve with wine for the perfect touch. Super easy and quick to make, you can make a couple of trays in no time. With only 26 calories and 1 gram of fat, you simply cannot go wrong with this delicious concoction.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb. Red seedless grape
  • Reggiano Parmigiano cheese wedge
  • Festive foil tin cups (think baking cups)

Directions:

1. Halve all of the grapes.

2. Break cheese wedge into small chunks

3. Place two grape halves and a small chunk of cheese into the foil cups and place on a festive tray for serving.

Grapes are a healthy fruit which contain resveratrol, which contains anti-aging properties that benefit the skin. There are also as many vitamins and minerals which are easily absorbed as well as a high fiber content. Reggiano Parmigiano cheese is also low in fat and calories. This is a great finger food for your guests, and will disappear quickly.

Phyllo dough crab cups

Crabmeat Cups

Crab meat is a delicious and protein filled shellfish which is enjoyed by many people. Be sure to make sure none of your guests have any shellfish allergies before incorporating this into the menu. These delicate crab meat cups offer a delicious taste of something elegant with only 46 calories per cup.

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 container of phyllo dough shells
  • Lemon mayonnaise
  • 1 avocado
  • Watercress leaves for garnish

Directions:

  1. Divide the crab meat between all of the phyllo shells.
  2. Add ½ teaspoon of the lemon mayonnaise as a topper to the crabmeat in all shells.
  3. Place a small cube of avocado into each shell, and top with a small watercress leaf.

Simple and easy to make in three steps, these crabmeat cups are a surefire way to impress your guests and keep them talking.

Crostini with pea puree,radish,rocket and cheese

Pea Crostini

While not everyone is a fan of peas, this pea crostini is sure to change their minds. Delicious and hearty with only a few minimal ingredients, these are sure to fly off the serving trays – and the best part? They contain a minimal 35 calories and 3 grams of fat. You can double the recipe to feed more people.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ Cups Frozen Peas (thawed)
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 30 Crostini
  • Goat Cheese

Directions:

  1. Blend first 3 ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Spread 8 oz. of goat cheese on crostini, followed by a spoonful of the pea mixture. Top off with a small slice of watermelon or beets for a pop of flavor.

Peas, although small in size, pack a major punch in terms of protein, fiber, and micronutrients. They also contain polyphenols, which aid in the prevention of certain types of cancer. Extra virgin olive oil, and any olive oil for that matter, is good for moisturizing and hydrating the skin. This is a great accompaniment to your Hors D’oeurves spread.

 

Try one of these simple, healthy, and delicious recipes for your next gathering or party, and you’re sure to please.

Eat Well: A Resveralife Guide for More Successful Holiday Recipes

Resveralife would like to believe that all there is to recipes is ingredient lists and preparation steps, but that would be far from the truth. There are times when you discover that despite following the recipe to the letter, the dish ends up being an epic fail. Some of the main reasons why recipes end up failing include missing ingredients, incomprehensible terms, lack of personalization, and more. To help you increases your chances of success when it comes to preparing the right recipes, Resveralife brings you an Eat Well Guide for more successful holiday recipes.

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Cooking Tips

Start off by properly reading the recipe. Browse through the cooking utensils required, the ingredient list and the cooking time. You’d be surprised at how much the little details matter. If you find certain jargons that seem to be incomprehensible, search for meanings online. When it comes to the picture of the dish being shown in the recipe, don’t get fooled. Your dish won’t look anything like the picture. These photographs were shot by professional photographers in studio environments. The ideal way to start off with recipes is to follow it exactly as mentioned during the first attempt. Do not try to increase/ reduce the portions or substitute ingredients. Once you gain your confidence of preparing the recipe, you can always start experimenting with the ingredients and the flavors. It is also important for you to understand that you should never try out a new recipe when you’re serving them to guests. Always stick to tried and tested methods because it reflects poorly on you if the recipe turns out to be a major flop during an event or a get-together. The ideal place to try out new recipes is during those family meals.Holiday pot roast meal with veggies

Stay on the lookout for recipes that are explained properly

There are some recipes which are perfectly explained and then there are those which are incomprehensible. The best recipes are always long enough and highly detailed. Short and to the point recipes are usually vague and confusing. The more details and advice a recipe offers, the easier it is to replicate the results. Stick to recipes that follow the most basic recipe rules – a decent introduction, a list of ingredients, nutritional information and preparation steps.

Eliminate the “worst” recipes from the list

We often come across all sorts of recipes in newspapers and magazines that are given by world famous chefs and celebrities – things like “Cupcakes – The Way X Makes Them”. It is important to consider that such recipes are usually full of errors, omissions and estimations. When journalists write about such recipes, it is usually to fill in the article space and interview famous personalities. The focus of the entire recipe is to showcase the chef’s image rather than offer the right recipes to readers. You can always use such recipes as a source of inspiration to improve on your existing recipes, but never base your dishes on these recipes.

Ultimately, when it comes to cooking, you can only get better with regular practice. The more you cook, the more you learn about various tastes and flavors.

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Resveralife Eat Well: Recipes for Silky Skin

Women across the globe have a constant need to have beautiful, soft, glowing skin. That’s why it’s no surprise that the beauty and skin care industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Women will pay whatever it takes to look fantastic and have perfect skin.

What if there was something you could do on your own, without products or surgeries, which required no out of pocket expense other than a few groceries? It has been said that the best way to nourish your skin is from within. That’s why today, Resveralife would like to give you some insight as to the different types of foods you can eat to achieve and maintain healthy, silky skin.

 

Superfoods for your Skin

Food isn’t generally the first thing people think of when it comes to skin care and achieving soft, silky skin. However, there are a multitude of good, fresh, wholesome ingredients one can incorporate into their daily diets that are not only good for you overall, but will result in super soft and silky skin if ingested for a period of time. Let’s examine a few of those foods:

 

  • Red Bell Peppers – contains high levels of Vitamin C to fight wrinkles
  • Blueberries – Speeds cell regeneration and growth, provide loads of antioxidants, protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays
  • Avocados – Contains high amounts of Vitamin E to moisturize skin, fights free radicals, protects from harmful UV rays from sun
  • Sweet Potatoes – Contains Beta Carotine which produces Vitamin A to aid in new skin cell growth; also contains retinoids which are found in many beauty products
  • Salmon – Great for skin due to Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which moisturize and nourish the skin, and also decreases dryness and keeps skin’s elasticity in tact
  • Onions – Contains Quercetin which is an antioxidant used to fight wrinkles and fine lines
  • Whole Grains – Contain Polyphenols and Carotenoids which fight the signs of and the actual aging process
  • Pomegranate – May reduce risk of cancer, contains loads of Vitamin C to keep skin looking bright and free of wrinkles

 

Incorporating as many servings a week as you like of the above fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains is one of the best bets if you would like to care for your skin the natural way, and begin living a better eating lifestyle. Diets don’t work, but making permanent changes in your diet will work because eating better is a lifestyle choice, not a fad.

Resveratrol thought it would be fun to include a few recipes using some of the above ingredients for you to try out at home. Let us know what you think after you’ve tried them for yourself.

Baked salmon with pesto and vegetables

Pesto Salmon

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 filet salmon, wild if possible
  • 2 TBSP of Pesto sauce
  • Aluminum Foil or Parchment paper
  • Baking Dish

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slather your salmon filet front and back with the pesto sauce, and wrap lightly in aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  3. Pop filet into the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until filet is done and flaky.

 

The health benefits of the fish coupled with the health benefits of the pesto will provide your skin with a wonderful dose of moisturizing ingredients. It’s a meal you can feel good about. Pair this fish with some steamed or grilled vegetables, and some wild rice. Perfect!

 

Large glass cup filled with a blueberry smoothie and surrounded by blueberries

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ C Fat Free Milk (you could substitute for any kind of milk you like such as Coconut, Almond, Rice or Soy)
  • ½ C Fat Free Yogurt, Plain
  • 1 C Unsweetened frozen blueberries (this omits the need to add ice)
  • 1 TSP Honey or Agave nectar to sweeten

 

Directions:

Add all of the above ingredients to your blender and blend on high until smooth, only about 10-15 seconds. Drink to your health, and also your skin’s health! This delicious breakfast smoothie is loaded with antioxidants, protein, Vitamin C, and UV fighting components.

 

 

Good Food for Silky Skin

We hope this informative article has helped you understand the ways in which you can eat better, and heal your skin from the inside out – and maintain it for your skin to look its absolute best.

 

What are some of your favorite foods to eat to care for your skin? How do you use these ingredients? Tell us below.

Look Well: Makeup Tips for a Flawless Face

As women, we have all seen another woman at least once in our lives who seemed to have the most perfect face, whether or not it looked as though she had makeup on. Maybe some of us have gotten jealous or envious. No need – today, Resveralife would like to teach you a few makeup tips of your own so that you too can have a flawless face every day.

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Step 1: Proper Cleansing and Moisturizing

Before you ever touch a sponge or brush to your face, proper cleansing and moisturizing techniques, done at least twice per day, will keep your skin fresh and clean with a youthful appearance. You always want to ensure you are painting on a fresh canvas, so to speak, and not painting over an already established painting. Always wash your makeup off at the end of the day before bed, and always moisturize with a moisturizing cream intended for the nighttime hours.

 

Step 2: Primer

Facial primer is the same kind of thing as primer in which you would use on your walls in your home before painting. It covers blemishes, freckles, and spots, while giving you a smooth application when it comes time to use foundation. It also helps your cosmetic products to ‘stick’ throughout the day, and also it helps them to stay in place and not crease in areas where they normally would, such as the eyes.

 

Step 3: Foundation

Foundation is really the item that will tie your face together and make or break your entire look. You don’t want to underdo it, otherwise you are using it for virtually no reason, however; you don’t want to overdo it, either. Nobody looks good with too much foundation caked on their face. Using a foundation color that matches your skin tone is essential. Another essential is to make sure you are using quality products from reputable companies. Foundation, depending on the type, is to be applied with fingertips, a makeup wedge or sponge, and/or a brush. It should evenly and smoothly cover the face and blend into the neck naturally.

applying blusher

Step 4: Blush

When applying blush and trying to attain a natural flawless look, the blush shouldn’t be too vibrant in color, and should only be applied to the apples of the cheeks. Also, don’t overdo the color. Use minimal amounts simply to give you the appearance of a naturally colored facial tone. Less is better, here. There are many different types of blush for your particular skin tone so be sure to consult with your favorite beauty store for some ideas on what colors work for you.

 

Step 5: Eyeliner

There’s just something about eyeliner that can make a face look absolutely fantastic – or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, terrible. Proper eyeliner application should be done by applying close to the lash line, and never going heavy on the bottom lash line. Blending the liner on the bottom lash line is also a good idea, whether using a smudge brush or your fingertip. For those who like the look of liquid eyeliner, practice really does make perfect. There are many ways to apply eyeliner for a flawless, gorgeous look. Experimenting with different styles is the best way to know what works best for you.

 

Step 6: Eye Shadow

Eye Shadow is one of the best components of the cosmetic world. It can do so much for your eye shape and color. You can make your entire appearance change to match whatever your mood through the use of eye shadow. The smoky eye look is a classic which looks great no matter the occasion or outfit. You can go subtle or dramatic – it’s up to you. With a multitude of colors and styles, eye shadow is just one of those things you can learn to do and rock it fantastically.

Applying red lipstick

Step 7: Lipstick

Lipstick is fun to use and can give your face that extra pop of color you’re missing. You can mix and match your lipstick to co-ordinate with your outfit, shoes, or handbag, and whether you have dramatic makeup on your face or are going for a subtle look, lipstick can set the whole look off on the right foot. Using a lipstick brush is the best way to get smooth, even coverage and ensure the product is properly applied where it should be.

 

Practice Makes Perfect

Cosmetic products are a lot of fun to play with and sometimes, it can take practice to get the look you really want. Practice does make perfect. So, try some of the above cosmetic products out for yourself and soon you will find yourself becoming your very own makeup professional in no time.