Saturday, July 21, 2012

Top 10 Foods For A Better Skin

Skin is one of the most important part of our body because it interfaces with the environment, skin plays a key role in protecting the body against pathogens and excessive water loss. When it comes to skin, the face is the one that matters the most. Since it reflects about you to others. When it comes to your health, the outside reflects the inside. A dull, dry complexion is a blinking neon sign that you’re not eating right. You can put your best face forward with a better diet. So, here we bring you the 10 most useful food for a better skin. Take a look...


1. Avocados


This creamy, green fruit is abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish your skin, inside and out. Niacin (vitamin B3) is especially important for healthy skin, and avocados contain lots of it. Niacin, an anti-inflammatory, soothes irritated skin and red, blotchy skin. One avocado has 3.8 mg niacin – 27% of your daily need.

Blend half an avocado with yogurt and frozen berries to make a creamy, nutty-flavored morning smoothie. Or try this Avocado Ice Cream recipe. And keep reading for an avocado face-mask recipe that will solve your dry skin problems instantly.

2. Mangoes


Mangoes have more than 80% of your daily requirements for vitamin A, which is why they’re such a great face food. Vitamin A maintains and repairs skin cells; a deficiency will result in a dry, flaky complexion.

As an antioxidant, vitamin A also fights free radical damage that can prematurely age the skin. And with fewer than 70 calories per serving, this succulent fruit is the perfect pick for your figure, not just your face.

3. Almonds


Not only is it a gorgeous shape for your eyes, almonds are also great for your complexion. With 150% of your daily need for vitamin E, it’s no wonder that getting a bit nutty is good for you. Vitamin E's rich oils moisturize dry skin, and its antioxidants protect against skin damage and premature aging.

4. Cottage Cheese


Dairy is good for your bones and face. But it’s the selenium in cottage cheese, not the calcium, that makes us wild for the creamy curds. Selenium, an essential mineral, teams up with vitamin E as a powerful free radical-fighting antioxidant duo. Plus, it’ll protect against skin cancer and fight dandruff.

5. Acerola Cherries


Your average cherry doesn’t supply a lot of vitamin C, but that’s not true for Acerolas. One of these cherries supplies 100% of your daily allowance for vitamin C, which is great news for your skin. As an antioxidant, vitamin C fights skin damage and wrinkles. It also plays a central role in the production of collagen, the structural protein in your skin.

6.  Oysters


Whether they’re an aphrodisiac or not, oysters are a love fest for skin. They fight pimples because they’re rich in zinc. The mineral affects sebum production, a deficiency may contribute to acne. Zinc also helps boost elastin ( the skin's elastic protein ) production with the help of vitamin C.

7. Baked Potatoes


A plump, steaming baked potato is good for your skin. Eat one baked potato (with the skin) to get 75% of your daily copper need. This essential mineral works with vitamin C and zinc to produce the elastin fibers that support skin structure. Too little copper in your diet can reduce your skin’s ability to heal and cause it to become rigid and lifeless.

8. Mushrooms


This fungus isn’t just for soup; it’s rich in riboflavin, a B vitamin that’s vital to your skin. Riboflavin ( vitamin B2 ) is involved in tissue maintenance and repair, and improves skin blemishes caused by rosacea. This vitamin is so important for skin repair that the body uses large amounts after sustaining a burn or wound, or undergoing surgery.

9. Flaxseed Oil


It’s no secret that omega 3s are great for your skin, but did you know that flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of this essential fatty acid? That’s great news if you’re not a fish-lover.

Just one teaspoon of flaxseed oil per day provides 2.5 grams of omega 3s, which, in turn, hydrate the skin. Essential fatty acids also dilute sebum and unclog pores that otherwise leads to acne.

10. Wheat Germ


Wheat Germ is actually just the embryo within a grain of wheat, and it’s nutritious. Wheat germ is a good source of biotin, a B vitamin that's crucial to skin health. A mild biotin deficiency can cause dermatitis, a condition characterized by itchy, scaly skin. Sprinkle wheat germ on yogurt for a tasty way to get more biotin in your diet.



2 Year Orphan Chimpanzee Adopted By a Dog

In one of the Russian zoos, a female chimpanzee died at the zoo where she lived, leaving her baby with no one to care for it. When one of the employees of the zoo took the little chimpanzee home to administer additional care, it never crossed her mind that her dog, a mastiff, who had just given birth and was nursing a litter of puppies would become a mother for the orphan chimpanzee and treat the cute little baby as her own child. The two apparently bonded, with the baby chimp becoming one of the family.


Only we human fight over colour, creed, religion etc. But animals lives in complete harmony. In fact, animals kills only for food. Now take a look at some more photos of the beautiful relationship between the baby chimpanzee and the dogs...


















Stunning Map That Reveals World's Earthquakes Since 1898

If you've ever wondered where and why earthquakes happen the most, look no further than a new map, which plots more than a century's worth of nearly every recorded earthquake strong enough to at least rattle the bookshelves.


The map shows earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater since 1898; each is marked in a lightning-bug hue that glows brighter with increasing magnitude. Take a look...


( Click the Map to See the Enlarge View )

The overall effect is both beautiful and arresting, revealing the silhouettes of Earth's tectonic boundaries in stark, luminous swarms of color.