Eat Well, Look Good: What to Put in Your Grocery Cart

Patients at our Austin plastic surgery practice sometimes ask what they can do at home to maintain the results of a surgical procedure or simply to help themselves look young and beautiful. One of the best ways to maintain your beauty — and your health — is to keep your diet balanced. You’ve probably heard about the cosmetic benefits of drinking lots of water, but there are also many foods out there that offer visible benefits. Next time you’re at the grocery store, consider adding some of these items to your list:

  • Chia seeds: These small seeds can be added to smoothies, salads, or oatmeal, and they are full of essential omegas and fatty acids that promote hair and nail growth and make your skin glow.
  • Coconut water: Full of antioxidants, coconut water rids your body of free radicals so elastin and collagen can thrive. These proteins are the building blocks of firm, youthful skin.
  • Coconut oil: This oil that can be used for cooking is great for hydration because it’s packed with electrolytes. It also has fatty acids that burn quickly to boost your metabolism (think a thinner silhouette) and that are small in size to keep your cell membranes flexible (think elastic, youthful skin).
  • Acerola: This cherry-like fruit from South Africa and elsewhere is abundant in vitamin C, a natural wrinkle fighter.
  • Green tea: Another antioxidant source, green tea can help keep skin healthy and radiant. It also contains catechins, which prevent collagen breakdown and the formation of cellulite.
  • Pineapple: Also a natural cellulite fighter, pineapple has vitamin C and potassium, as well as bromelain, which increases blood flow to help fight bruising after a cosmetic procedure.
  • Chili peppers: Spicy foods in general induce the body to produce heat, which may help the body burn fat faster.

You don’t need to overhaul your diet to enjoy these benefits; simply try incorporating a few of the foods into your regular shopping. And if you’re a picky eater, try a supplement that’s rich in omegas, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants.

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