7 Beautifying Foods for Fabulous Skin

7 Beautifying Foods for Fabulous Skin

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Hi Beauties,

Since ancient Greek times being physically beautiful means being in harmony with ourselves and with the universe. 

In order to achieve physical and emotional well-being we need to feel good about the way we look. But how do we achieve this? Lustrous hair, supple skin, clear eyes and a fit body all contribute to harmony with the universe. They come from inner cleanliness as well as proper thoughts, emotions, nourishment and exercise. Nourishing the body from the inside out is the key to a healthy, radiant and glowing skin. But how do we achieve this? 

When I was in my mid-twenties I always thought that I need a special cream and make-up to cover all the blemishes and pimples showing on my skin. Not that I had that many, but my skin was not perfect either. To have a beautiful skin was very important to me and so was for everybody else. At that time I didn’t know that having a beautiful skin is the internal job. Yup, it is! Food, digestion, absorption, elimination of toxins, hormones, everything is important.

Skin: The Reflection of Inner Cleanliness

Skin is the mirror of our lifestyle; it mirrors our emotional, mental, and hormonal state of our body. Especially, our thoughts, emotions, and stress reactions reflects on our skin as poor skin texture, spots and blemishes.

Also, skin is the largest organ of our body for elimination, absorption and detoxification. Unquestionably, age spots, acne, dark circles under your eye, sallow skin, oily skin, dry skin, wrinkles, and body odour, can all indicate a waste build up from poor diet, liver exhaustion, and free radical formation. Nourishing the body from the inside out is the key to a healthy, radiant and glowing skin.

Especially, arugula, watercress, broccoli, cabbage, red and black radishes, cucumbers, nettles, kale, onions, coconuts, coconut oil, nuts, figs, olives, papayas, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, turmeric, wheat grass, are all beautifying superfoods foods and antioxidants. These foods are packed with vitamin C, E, K, A, B complex, Beta carotene, Zinc, Selenium, Sulfur and Silicon.

 

Beautifying Foods for Fabulous Skin

 

Red radishes

Radishes are high in B, E C, iron, potassium, silicon and sulfur. They contain an enzyme diatase which aids in the digestion of starches. Radishes are considered diuretic and are the most beautifying food. Especially, they are beneficial for skin, hair, nails, teeth and gums.

Additionally, radishes clean the liver, increases bile flow and prevent constipation. I add red radishes to my salads and wraps; usually, I eat them with my home-made dips or just on their own with a little bit of sea salt. Red radishes add sweetness, punginess and colour to your dish.

 

Arugula

Arugula, also known as roquette or rocket; is a pungent and highly alkaline cruciferous vegetable. It neutralizes acid waste products from the blood and lymphatic system and has antiviral and antibiotic properties.

In addition, arugula contains dithiolethiones which is an anticancer and antioxidant compound recommended by the American Cancer Society. It also contains beta carotene, vitamin A, calcium, iron and sulphur. Sulphur is the mineral that can detoxify liver, create mineralized hair, nails and glowing skin. Arugula’s strong and spicy peppery/mustardy flavour gives a little punch when mixed with milder greens and salads.

 

Watercress

Watercress is another beauty cruciferous vegetable. It has a bitter sweet taste and is rich in chlorophyll, vitamin C and E, beta-carotene, and vitamin A.

Also, watercress contains iron, calcium, copper, manganese, iodine and sulfur. Watercress is highly alkaline and neutralizes acid in the blood and in the body. Furthermore, it stimulates bile, detoxifies the liver, and has been used in treatments for eczema, dermatitis, hair loss, and gout.

Watercress has a tangy taste and smell. It can be used in salads, dips, patés, and soups or added to vegetable juices.

 

Nettles

Stinging Nettle is great for problems. Nettles have the highest levels of silicon, the beauty mineral. They are also very rich in iron, abundant in minerals such as vitamin A and C, enzymes and antioxidants. Nettles are great blood purifier as they can dissolve acidic wastes in the blood.

 

Olives

Olives are beautifying foods, high in vitamin E that erases fine lines and wrinkles. Olives are rich in protein and polyphenols, which are water soluble antioxidants with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Olive oil soothes the stomach and helps a congested lymphatic system and lungs. Olive oil greatly enhances salads and patés and also makes great snack foods.

 

Onion

Onions contain two powerful antioxidants, sulfur and quercetin. Sulfur is a beautifier; it cleanses the liver and skin, and helps build the connective tissue in the body. Quercetin has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and can help neutralize the free radicals in the body. Onions go very well with avocados, nuts and seeds. I used them extensively in my homemade nut and seed patés.

 

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Papaya

Papaya contains vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, calcium, vitamin A and the enzyme papain.  Papaya is a great detoxifier; it cleanses the digestive tract and alleviates flatulence. In addition, it makes skin radiant, stronger nails and shiny hair.

Papaya grows in clusters near the tops of the tree. There are different varieties with different shapes, sizes, and colours such as yellow, orange and red.  Choose at least half yellow papaya. Cut papaya in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Seeds are edible, very spicy, and look like black peppercorn seeds. I use them in salad dressings to add spice, or I save them for garnishing.

Watch what you eat, as what you feed your body, mind and soul matters the most.

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