5 Surprising Beauty Foods

5 Surprising Beauty Foods

All fresh fruits and vegetables contain magical powers when it comes to shiny hair, clear skin, and strong nails. However, the ones I’ve chosen below are perhaps not as well known for their powerful beauty benefits. Try and include these foods into your diet if you want to look your best without the need for botox or other unnatural remedies.

  1. Red Peppers. All red and orange colored foods contain beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Red peppers are particularly beautifying due to the minerals A, C, and K. Vitamins A and C can help prevent cell damage that leads to premature ageing, and they can also reduce inflammation, which can cause a puffy-looking face. Pepper also has Vitamin K, which is an excellent property for protecting our cells from damage.
  2. Spinach. All leafy greens are actually very powerful in terms of being a beauty food because of the chlorophyll they contain. There are also loads of other phytochemicals and fiber in spinach that help build blood that is super clean and which will show through in your skin.
  3. Turmeric. This yellow-colored, Indian spice has a load of powerful antioxidant qualities. Turmeric assists in protecting our cells from free radical damage and also contributes towards cleaning up metabolic waste in our systems. It is also great as a liver flusher to get rid of any poisons and chemicals which are stored there.
  4. Pumpkin Seeds. Wow, these really are powerful. What don’t pumpkin seeds have in them?! The humble pumpkin seed contains high levels of zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B, C, and E. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids, all essential for healthy cell maintenance. Make a handful of pumpkin seeds a regular part of your diet, and you will definitely notice a change in your appearance.
  5. Parsley. Next time your plate is garnished with parsley, don’t push it aside. This is a pretty powerful herb when it comes to anti-aging, as well as purifying and cleansing the body. It contains vitamins A and C as well as anti-oxidizing flavonoids that protect our cells from free radical damage. Parsley also helps to purify the blood, kill bacteria, aid digestion, and cleanse toxins from the liver.

The best thing is that all these foods are easy to incorporate into your diet. Add turmeric to juice and combine the other foods with some other fixings to make a great, beautifying salad. Who said that beauty was hard to keep?

 

The Healthy Digestion Smoothie

The Healthy Digestion Smoothie

This smoothie helped my belly bloat

Feeling like your digestion is making too much noise? Gurgle. Gurgle.

The last few months I have been working a lot and often that leads to a stressed me. This means my digestion can get wonky. I know what you might be thinking – that I’m a health coach, and I have this all figured out – but I am human too. In my practice, I teach people how to listen to their body and what to do when they feel wonky too.

Stress inflames the intestinal lining and disrupts the good balance of bacteria in the gut.

This is what happened to me. It was time to restore and rebuild on the quick.

Feel like you are passing gas too much?

Feel exhausted for no reason?

Time to rebuild and restore your gut health with this smoothie.

Every time I am feeling off, I keep it simple: smoothies, juices, and easy-to-digest soups.

The Healthy Digestion Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/4 green apple
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 fresh kiwi
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 probiotic, (I use a 50 billion CFU since I had ulcerative colitis)
  • 2 ounces of Aloe Vera Juice
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Juice of one lemon

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender (I use a Vitamix).

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Spring Cleansing Your Body

Spring Cleansing Your Body

Spring is finally here.  After long and cold winter, we can rejoice in warmer temperatures and brighter days.  This is the time for renewal, cleaning and new perspectives.  Are you ready to spring clean?  Beside your home, you can spring clean your body, diet, relationships, maybe your entire life!

Spring-cleanse Your Body: After a long winter, many of us gain a few extra pounds and harbor toxic build up.  You can take a short, three-day cleanse over the weekend, when you can rest and relax.

  • Start your day with warm lemon water first thing in the morning.
  • Your main focus will be on leafy green and organic vegetables. You can use them raw, sautéed, mildly roasted, steamed or in a form of juices.
  • Increase your liquid intake: filtered water, herbal teas and vegetable soups.
  • To make the most of your cleansing adventure, add exercise.
  • Avoid pro-inflammatory and processed foods; salty or sweetened foods; red meat; non- organic fruits and vegetables; caffeine; flour; table sugar; artificial sweeteners, etc.
  • Digestion requires a huge amount of energy; during detox, our body can use the energy for repair and rejuvenation.   Alkalinizing the body is beneficial to release toxins, especially the one deposited in cell membranes and fat tissue.  Your intestinal flora and leaky gut will be restored and with that your immunity.

Foods to Include:

  • Emphasize green leafy vegetables, especially bitter greens such as dandelion greens, endive, parsley, beet, kale, chard, mustard greens, spinach, endive, bok choy, arugula, and mixed salad greens.
  • Cruciferous vegetables: kale broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens.
  • Vegetables from the onion family: onions, shallots, garlic and leeks
  • Artichokes and Jerusalem artichokes;

Other vegetables: beet roots, celery, asparagus, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, string beans, beet greens, naturally fermented sauerkraut and sea vegetables.

Preparation: raw, juiced, or steamed, baked, lightly sautéed in small amount of olive oil are the healthy ways to prepare vegetables.

Vegetable Juices
Fresh juices with leafy green vegetables as a base are an ideal way to get a balance of cleansing and rebuilding.  Fresh vegetable juices are alkaline and rich in minerals and phytonutrient. When tissues hold waste material and toxins, or they are damaged through excess free radial activity, they become acidic. Fatty tissues hold fat- soluble chemicals, and toxins and heavy metals get stored in the lipid membranes of the cells (including the brain). Vegetable juices and broths alkalinize tissue pH allowing the tissue to get rid of metabolic waste and toxins.  Enzymes in the fresh vegetable juices also help to break down and remove toxins, and the high chlorophyll content of green leafy vegetables helps to cleanse and oxygenate the blood. Veggie juices should be taken 2-3 times per day if possible. Powdered juice concentrates are ideal for work or travel – just add water.

Fruits
Fruits contain a high amount of natural sugars, and therefore should be used in moderation during a cleanse, as one of the goals of the cleanse is to rebalance blood glucose levels.  Apples, pears, peaches, blueberries and raspberries, and citrus (eaten separately), are all appropriate choices during a cleanse. Avoid concentrated fruit juices and all other fruits during this time.

Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are a wonderful way to help hydrate and cleanse the body. All caffeinated teas need to be avoided, as they interfere with the body’s cleansing and rebalancing processes. Herbal teas that support the various elimination processes are highly beneficial.  Just to name a few: dandelion root, burdock root, astragalus root, ginger root, licorice root, nettle, cleavers, mint, horsetail, oat straw, fennel, cardamom, rooibos, and red clover blossom.

Alkalizing broth
Simmer the following vegetables for 45 minutes: celery, green beans, zucchini, parsley and spinach. Strain and drink the broth throughout the day.  The broth can be refrigerated for up to three days. You can also puree the vegetables after cooking and eat as a soup.

Herbs and spices
Ginger, cayenne, licorice root, burdock root, milk thistle seed, dandelion leaf and root, curry, turmeric, nutmeg, and cinnamon may be added to your dishes for variety and for their positive effects on digestion and detoxification.

Protein
During your cleanse I advise using a plant-based protein (rice, pea) powder several times per day as a way to help keep you blood sugar levels as stable as possible. Sprouted seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, flax) and sprouted beans, (especially mung beans), can be used also.

Hydration
Drink a minimum of eight, eight-ounce glasses of filtered water per day. Water in plastic bottles should be avoided as it often contains unsafe levels of toxins that have leeched into the water from the packaging.  Add lemon to your filtered water for an extra detoxification effect.

Elimination
Make sure you are moving your bowls every single day.  This is important for elimination of toxic build up.  The high fiber content of an increased vegetable intake may be adequate.  If not, add a good fiber: fresh ground flax seed, rice bran, or psyllium.  Mild herbal laxative tea can be helpful as well.

Supplements to Include: High quality prebiotics and probiotics are highly recommended. Increasing beneficial bacteria in the GI tract significantly helps to reduce the presence of harmful ones and improve the overall environment in your gut.  It will help with healing of leaky gut syndrome.  Multivitamins, chelating minerals, liver supportive supplements and herbs (milk thistle, dandelion, cilantro, parsley, bitter greens), will aid the process.

On the side note, don’t forget to add seven to eight hours of restful sleep, meditation and relaxation. Make a commitment; you deserve a quality time for yourself.

Golden Nuggets
Mediterranean-style Diet: Study has shown that Mediterranean style diet reduced 10%-18% risk of total and ischemic stroke (significant reduction).  The finding emphasizes diet as very important modifiable risk factor. The diet works equally well in both genders. The Mediterranean diet is plant based, rich in unrefined cereals, fruits, vegetables and monounsaturated fats (olive oil), with very low consumption of sugar, sweeteners and saturated fat.

Side effects of kindness: according to Dr. David R. Hamilton, kindness has five side effects on health:

  • Kindness Makes us Happier; Due to elevated levels of endogenous opioids, which cause elevated levels of dopamine in the brain and so we get a natural high.
  • Kindness Gives us Healthier Hearts; Acts of kindness are accompanied by emotional warmth, which produces the hormone, oxytocin.  Oxytocin causes the release of nitric oxide, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels.  This reduces blood pressure.
  • Kindness Slows Aging: Oxytocin reduces levels of free radicals and inflammation in the cardiovascular system and so slows aging; another reason why kindness is good for the heart.
  • Kindness Makes for Better Relationships; We all like people who are kind to us.
  • Kindness Is Contagious: When we are kind, we inspire others to be kind.

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