Why Thanksgiving Foods are so Good for Your Skin

Worried that indulging in Holiday foods will leave you sluggish and a few pounds heavier? This Turkey Day you can focus on the good things many traditional Thanksgiving dishes can do for your skin.

Here are our favorite 5 anti-aging foods:

1. Turkey 

Turkey is a wonderful source of high quality protein that gives your body the necessary amino acids to build the tissues of the skin. It also contains energizing B vitamins, including B3. B3 can rev up your skin's cellular function and helps to retain moisture. So carve away!

2. Green Beans 

Green beans provide lots of fiber which is important for digestive health. Proper digestion and elimination of toxins can keep skin clear and healthy. Green beans are also rich in carotenoids, which are antioxidants that protect our skin from aging.

3. Cranberries 

These tart little buddies are filled with anti-inflammatory nutrients. Preventing inflammation is one of the most important ways to combat skin aging. Cranberries are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, which in combination with Methylene Blue will do wonders for skin cell regeneration and proliferation. Healthy cells build
lots of collagen and elastin, key tissues that keeping our skin structurally sound and glowing.

4. Pumpkin Pie 

You can't have pumpkin pie without cinnamon and studies have shown that cinnamon may be able to control blood sugar spikes and regulate insulin, which keeps inflammation in check. Pumpkin also contains beta-carotene, which fights free radicals and can be converted by the body into anti-aging Vitamin A. Who knew that lovely dessert has so many hidden benefits?

5. Sweet Potato 

Speaking of Vitamin A, sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Both give your body a much-needed boost of antioxidants that keep your skin plump and glowing (when prepared without massive amounts of sugar).

Pair these anti-aging foods with lots of water for extra hydration and
perhaps a nice red wine full of anti-oxidant resveratrol and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!