In this culture, looking good is a priority. We tend to spend lots of money for creams, potions and lotions and miracle pills to make our skin, hair, eyes and teeth look good. We spend even more for the wrinkles and freckles, to lighten and tighten, and to soften, smooth, brighten, and lift the dull layer of another year, and erase the accompanying stress! Nothing applied to the outside can do what a few fresh ingredients applied to the inside – can do to achieve beautiful, flawless skin, shining strong hair, and to clear the whites of our eyes. Beautiful from the inside out. Sure, we know that fresh fruits and veggies strengthen the heart, liver and kidneys, but that is not nearly as sexy as flashing bright eyes, beautiful skin and the self confidence that accompanies it. So, here is what you need to know:
Red Cabbage contains sulfur and iodine, for cleansing the body inside, detoxifying and fighting acne, and other skin problems. Beets (in all colors), and beetroot contain betaine which helps to breakdown fats, and aids in digestion. Try it in your salads. Drizzle coconut oil in your salads for the additional vitamin E to reduce wrinkles, use it with balsamic vinaigrette, garlic, sea salt, pepper and other spices and you’ve got the perfect salad dressing.
Broiled or grilled fish, offers the perfect protein for nails, hair, teeth and that lovely smile, essential for looking good while the omega 3’s strengthen the heart and other muscles.
Kiwifruit, guava and blueberries are very high in antioxidants, potassium and other anti-inflammatories, which neutralize free radicals that are very damaging to skin, causing premature aging, wrinkles and a dull appearance. They are also rich in vitamin C, which is one of the major cancer fighters.
Spinach and kale, and other nutrient dense leafy greens, are a great source of beta-carotene and lutein great for keeping the eyes clear and beautiful, along with strengthening night vision and adding stamina.
Sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene, which the body is able to convert to vitamin A, that keeps the skin smooth and protects against sun damage.
Tomatoes, fresh or canned, raw or cooked are a major source of lycopene, a potent antioxidant also protects against sun damage, and great for the prostate.
Walnuts, raw, are a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. The omega-3’s found in walnuts, pecans and almonds also help fight against skin ailments like psoriasis and eczema.
My favorite, dark – dark chocolate, is full of antioxidants and nutrients. Select chocolate with at least 60 percent cocoa. It increases blood flow to the skin, which in turn boosts hydration and smoothness.
Don’t forget about the importance of water, in the program. Water is the perfect lubricant and detoxifyer, adding moisture for beautiful, soft, smooth resilient skin, and removing toxins that cause whiteheads, blackheads, and other ugly breakouts.
The potassium in bananas, keeps the skin elastic and fights sagging of the skin itself, and also the underlying muscle tone is preserved. Eggs are high in iron and sulfur, giving us lots of energy, but also helps to discourage hair loss, even in persons with familial balding.
Last, but most important is sugar. Refined sugar is the enemy of good health and beautiful skin. Sugar impedes healing, feeds bacterial and fungal growth, adds to fatigue, and diminishes the immune response. Just know that nothing good can come of adding sugar to the beauty protocol.
Maybe its time to take a new look into your grocery cart. I think you’ll see that these very same foods, along with increasing your sleep at night, will make a great improvement in your mind, memory, mood, energy, outlook and overall sense of wellbeing. And, you will look marvelous, darling, from the inside out.
Remember, Health is a Choice!
Contact Carolyn Guilford, nutritionist and wellness advocate at P O Box 2814 -Savannah, GA 31402, or call 912 236-8987. Visit Carolyn@healthrestoration101.com. Her books are also available in Kindle format.