6 Best Foods to Eat in this Summer

You know summer’s the perfect time to switch to light clothes, but did you know it’s also the right time to change your diet? During summer you sweat a lot and it may cause health problems such as dehydration, skin sensitivities, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The best solution? Eat local, in-season fruits.

Here are six of the best foods that you can eat to help your skin hydrated all the time during summer:

  1. Watermelon – As its name implies, this fruit is a hydration hero, up to 93% is water and has loads of natural vitamins such as vitamin A and C. Watermelon’s high water content keeps you cool and hydrated. Watermelon also contains lycopene, which protects skin cells from sun damage.
  2. Tomatoes – While tomatoes are filled with antioxidants and Vitamin C, they also contain beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene, which contribute to chronic diseases—especially cancer.
  3. Blackberries and Raspberries – These berries are great sources of fiber. Raspberries are a food that goes unnoticed a lot—they can be very expensive off-season—but there are a lot of awesome qualities in the powerful little raspberry. They’re very high in vitamin C and have 8 grams of fiber per cup.
  4. Green Tea – Studies have suggested that green tea may be helpful in fighting cancer and heart disease, lowering cholesterol. Green tea can help get rid of toxins in your skin. It is great for healing blemishes, scars, and reducing inflammation.And if sipping a hot drink in a hot month isn’t your cup of…well, tea, try it on ice—the cooler temp doesn’t compromise its nutritional benefits.
  5. Nuts – snacking on handfuls of almonds, cashews, and peanuts to get your fill of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are thought to lower bad cholesterol levels.
  6. Avocados– they have anti-inflammatory effects which prevents inflammation that hardens the artery walls. Avocados help in lower your bad cholesterol.

And the list goes on! If you know any other fruits that are perfect for summer hydration, please share!

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The Beauty Benefits of Watermelon

What’s the best way to beat the heat in the summer? Lazing next to a pool under the shades sipping on watermelon juice! Watermelon is the go-to fruit for re-hydration because of its abundance in water, up to 93% is water and has loads of natural vitamins such as vitamin A and C. Watermelon is also rich in antioxidants, which makes it have amazing qualities to do wonders on the skin.

After eating the watermelon, many people throw away the rind of the fruit. But did you know that the rind, the outer white layer of the fruit, contains the most vitamins and antioxidants? There are so many beauty benefits of the rind when used topically. It has lots of antioxidants that help fight the signs of aging skin such as wrinkles and fine lines. It fades age spots and prevents new ones from forming. Using the rind on acne prone skin would reduce the signs of acne and pimples forming because it removes excess oil from the skin that causes acne. The rind has both soothing and healing benefits, so it is a great remedy to treat sunburns and also any itchy rashes. Last but not least, the rind can re-hydrates and moisturizes dry, dull skin.

How should we use the rind? It’s an easy process. The first thing you have to do is slice the rind until there’s only little of pink flesh left on it. Place the rind in a blender and blend into a paste. You can add other ingredients as well such as cucumbers or lemon juice to enhance the beauty effects. Apply the paste onto your face of any other place that needs treatment. Let the mask sit for about 15-20 minutes and let the watermelon do its wonder. I recommend doing this mask often so your skin will have better results faster. Although you can use the red, pink flesh but applying it on your face would be a waste of watermelon flesh that can be eaten instead. Better yet, eating fresh cold watermelon while having a rind mask is one of the best ways to cool down during the summer!