4 Ways Green Tea Can Be Beneficial To the Health Of Your Skin

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By Steven Walker

teaGreen tea might be one of the healthiest things we can consume, based on everything from ancient remedies to current medical research. Green tea has a number of healing properties, and also agents that some scientists believe may be able to prevent or even combat cancer.

Green tea also happens to be good for the waistline and is used by many people as a way to help them lose weight.

It’s not just good for your internal health, however. Green tea can also be incredibly beneficial to the health of your skin.

Below are four ways this particular type of tea can be excellent to solve common issues related to the health of your skin:

Soothing Sunburns

Getting too much sun is one of the worst overall things many of us can do for our health. Over-exposure to the sun can lead to tissue damage and even deadly forms of skin cancer. If you do accidentally get too much sun, using green tea on the affected areas can sooth inflammation and may even be helpful to alleviate some of the cell damage. It’s easy to use green tea for sunburns, just by using the bags themselves as a cool compress.

Psoriasis Help

Some research has been done in the laboratory showing green tea can slow the production of skin cells, which can lead to more optimal regulation of the life cycle of skin’s cells. This shows promise in helping people with issues such as dandruff and even psoriasis, which is otherwise difficult to manage. Even in a general sense, green tea is soothing, which can help alleviate the discomfort that comes with many common skin conditions, including psoriasis.

Foot Care

The skin on our feet can often take a beating throughout the day whether it’s from our jobs, or from being physically active. When the skin of your feet experiences issues, such as calluses, it’s not only a discomfort, but it can also lead to poor form when exercising, which can contribute to more severe injuries. To help soothe sore feet and also soften the skin before removing calluses, it can be beneficial to soak them in a green tea bath. The benefits of a green tea bath are perfect for not only feet but the skin all over our entire body, which goes along with the research showing the positive effect of green tea on skin cancer and damage from free radicals.

Acne

Green tea, as mentioned above, is useful for reducing inflammation, which is one of the primary contributors to acne on the skin. It makes an excellent simple, inexpensive and natural remedy for acne and other skin blemishes, as well as rapid aging when it’s used topically as well as when it’s brewed and consumed. In addition to acne present on the face, green tea may be beneficial for acne found other common areas, such as the back and chest, and it can also help reduce or eliminate blocked pores and excessive oils on the skin.

Green tea is considered by many in both the health and beauty industries to be one of the most potent substances available. It’s beneficial in so many ways for health in a holistic sense, but it has specific abilities to help the health of the skin as well.

Variety: Why Eating A Rainbow Is Beneficial To Your Health

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By Jaclyn Forrester, Founder of Spark Plug Fitness

strawberriesIt’s widely known that fruits and veggies are an essential part of our diet. The pigment of fruits and vegetables offer a variety of phytonutrients essential to optimal health.

Phytonutrients are important because of their hunting skills. They hunt down free radicals, preventing them from damaging our cells and creating diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

While eating an apple a day or fixing a salad a day is a great habit, it is important to note the benefits of eating a variety of fruits and veggies. Think about your plate as a rainbow. As you begin your grocery shopping start in the produce section and try to include yellow, orange, green, red, white and blue.

Each color signifies different phytonutrients.

Let’s start with the yellow and orange color. Carrots are filled with beta-carotene. Carotene is an antioxidant that our bodies can convert to vitamin A. Vitamin A supports the immune system, reproductive system and improves bone health.

Green leafy veggies contain fiber. Fiber helps to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. It also improves the function of our digestive system.

Red fruits and veggies such as tomatoes and red peppers contain lycopene known for reducing the risk of heart attach and the risk of cancer; most notably prostate cancer.

Mushrooms and other white veggies are always noted but they are important. Mushrooms contain high quality protein with loads of vitamins helping to improve cardiovascular and digestive function.

greenpeppersBlue and purple fruits and veggies contain manganese and vitamins C, B1, B6 and potassium. They help to reduce platelet clumping and protecting bad cholesterol from free radical damage that initiates its artery-damaging actions.

Further proof that eating a wide variety of colors, types and cooking styles in your diet is extremely beneficial to your health.

Sources:

http://healthmad.com/nutrition/health-benefits-of-blue-and-purple-fruits-and-vegetables/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/20070.php

http://gentleworld.org/phytochemicals-eating-from-the-rainbow/#Health%20Benefits%20of:%20Red%20Fruits%20and%20Veggies

http://www.ehow.co.uk/info_7805617_list-red-vegetables.html

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fiber/NU00033

http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/leafy-greens-rated

– Jaclyn Forrester is the founder of Spark Plug Fitness. Spark Plug Fitness is all about providing a great customer experience through hands on wellness programs. These programs include health screenings, group fitness training, nutrition counseling, daily food journals, stress management sessions, on-line workout videos and health coaching. We strongly believe in helping organizations increase productivity, innovation, and motivation while decreasing absenteeism, stress and health care costs.