Posts Tagged ‘dark chocolate’

Sun Protection From The Inside Out

August 3, 2015

We all know the importance of slathering on the sunscreen before going out for prolonged periods of time, but even short strolls in the blazing sun can do damage to our skin.

An article featured on Q blog this week points out the ways we can protect our skin from the inside out, by eating the right foods to help reduce the damage from UV rays.

Green Tea: 

The antioxidents in green tea have been proven to reduce the risks of cancer. According to Dr.Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, these powerful leaves “offer photo-protection from the sun’s radiation, blocking UV lights that cause skin tumors.” It is also associated with increased fat burning, so drink up!

Tomatoes:

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These ruby red fruits are at their peak right now. The lypocene found in tomatoes not only increases collagen production thereby boosting elasticity, it also helps neutralize the harmful effects of sunlight.

Salmon:

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Salmon contains high levels of vitamin D, which increases natural sun tolerance and is blocked by the use of topical sunscreens. Raw salmon (ala sushi and sashimi,) has even more vitamin D than its cooked counterpart.

Dark Chocolate: 

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The flavinoids in dark chocolate improve blood flow by dilating the vessels, which provides protection when you skin burns.

While adding these protective foods to your diet is great, it does not replace the need for using a good sunscreen and a floppy hat when you are out in the sun.

Photos: Green Tea: Found Health

All others: Glasshouse Images

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The Skinny On Chocolate

November 11, 2013

Milk Chocolate

A new study shows that teens who consume  significant quantities of chocolate have lower levels of abdominal fat than those who did not.

Say what?

Researchers at the University of Granada found a correlation between higher chocolate consumption and lower body fat levels. Although chocolate contains fat and sugar, it also contains high levels of flavonoids, which have anti- inflammatory, antioxidant, antithrombotic, and antihypertensive properties, which help prevent heart disease.

More good news on the health benefits of chocolate include a lower risk of strokes in women, lower blood pressure, and an increase in insulin sensitivity in diabetics. Its ability to increase blood flow protects against blood clots, and can improve eyesight by directing more blood flow to the retina.

So, next time that sweet tooth kicks in, go ahead and indulge yourself in some rich, dark chocolate. Your tummy may thank you in more ways than one!

photo: Glasshouse Images

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