Garbage out, cont’…

Here’s the good stuff! Feed your skin nutrients it can use to keep it healthy and youthful. Reversing  the signs of aging wouldn’t be a bad thing either ;).

Here is my pick on 7 Super Foods that are a great addition to any, already balanced diet. In addition, remember to drink plenty of water, as this helps to flush out toxins and keep the skin hydrated, and get adequate sleep. While we sleep our body heals itself and regenerates, an obvious and important step in the right direction in maintaining healthy skin.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, yes it has to be Extra Virgin. A great source of Vitamin E, and a healthy heart :). Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that fights off free radicals and helps reduce inflammation. Olive oil is a great nourisher for the skin, inside and out!

Berries PACKED with antioxidants and abundant in Vitamin C. They help the body manufacture collagen and provide the skin protection against free radicals.

Nuts are rich in “good” fats. Brazil nuts, in particular, are a great source of zinc. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties and aids in maintaining collagen and elastin. Great for keeping your complexion nourished and smooth!

Avocado is loaded with Vitamin E and “good” fats. Vitamin E is great for keeping the skin smooth and lubricated. Oils on the skin are good! It keeps the wrinkles away ;).

Carrots are rich in beta carotene and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. It’s vital to our immune system and in the skin, its essential in the production of collagen. VERY important in maintaining the skin plump! Beta carotene is converted by our bodies into Vitamin A, which aids in cell turnover and the production of new, healthy skin cells. For more on Vitamin A see my blog entry, A is for…

Green tea is packed with antioxidants, called catechins. It helps fight off free radical damage, slows down the aging process, and does wonders for your metabolism. 1-2 cups a day.

Spinach is an excellent source of antioxidants as well as Vitamins A, B, C, E  and Iron. It helps guard against damage from the environment and improves skin’s firmness and elasticity, and keeps the skin looking bright.

To get the most out of these Super Foods I suggest you eat them raw, with the exception of your green tea, of course. Raw food contains live enzymes which do a considerable amount of work in the digestive process by breaking down the food and making it readily available for the body to use. When food is cooked, it kills those live enzymes and forces the body to make all the enzymes necessary for digestion. This, of course then depletes the body of its limited enzymes.

According to Dr. Edward Howell, the first researcher to recognize the importance of enzymes in human nutrition, he believes that the strain on our body’s enzyme “bank” is “one of the paramount causes of premature aging and early death”. He also believes “it’s the underlying cause of almost all degenerative disease”.

Stay tuned for more information on a raw food diet in my Living20 section of this blog :).

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