Fall is just around the corner, so pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are in perfect season!
Pumpkin alone is packed with Beta Carotene, pro-vitamin A and vitamin K. The real treasure though is in the seeds!
Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are packed with zinc, about 2.57 mg per ¼ cup. Zinc is a collagen boosting, UV protectant, that promotes skin renewal. While there are many other foods that contain zinc, consuming a plant-based product is healthier than the meat sourced alternative (ie- saturated fats).
Some studies suggest that when you do not have enough zinc in your diet, your are more prone to acne, eczema and brittle hair & nails.
So its time to start making Pumpkin Spice Loaves, Pumpkin Pies and tossing seeds into your salads!
One of the best sources of fat that you can eat comes from Avocados. They are all the rage right now. Major food chains and restaurants are promoting Avocados on their menu as they realize consumers want to reap health benefits from their meals.
They are loaded with tons of nutrients, that will benefit not only your skin but your overall health!
Avocados are known for their Monounsaturated (this includes Omega 3) fat content, which are also a component within our cell walls. This helps prevent wrinkling within the skin and promote elasticity. These healthy fats also allow your skin to retain its moisture, and due to the added benefit that avocados also contain biotin, brittle skin, hair, and nails can be prevented from forming.
This fruit also contains powerful antioxidants, Vitamin E & C for free radical damage prevention. Vitamin E, improves your overall skin tone, by helping protect it from the sun and environmental pollutants. While, Vitamin C helps with the creation of elastin and collagen to help keep skin firm and taught.
Avocados also contain more potassium than a banana, so eating one near a workout will have remarkable effects, as potassium is needed for muscle growth and the heart's electrical activity.
Just a fun fact, the avocado got its name from ancient Aztec, which translates to “testical” ...
There are so many powerful superfoods and functional foods out there, that it is hard to just choose one and write about it. So we are going to be having a series of posts that go through individual active food ingredients and how they are beneficial to your appearance and overall health.
The first on the list is tomatoes! (or is it tomat-o?).
The beauty boosting ingredient in tomatoes is Lycopene, which is a type of carotenoid. Lycopene has a UV protectant function that acts as an insurance against sun damage. Acting as a free radical scavenger, it protects skin cells against damage.The most bioavailable form of lycopene is actually not from fresh tomatoes, but from those that are cooked. Tomato paste and sauce make lycopene 4 times as easier for the body to absorb then if the tomatoes were raw.
If you eat a ton of tomatoes, it doesn't mean that you should stop wearing sunscreen, UV rays are powerful and you need all the protection you can get to help keep yourself looking radiant.
Whether they are in a juiced, dried, baked or ripe format, cranberries have a skin boosting, toxin flushing and a cancer preventative property!
Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants which will help fight off free radicals that can propagate aging of your skin. They also have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory function that can clear up many skin conditions, such as acne vulgaris & psoriasis.
The tart taste that cranberries have, make it more of an acidic fruit. Thus it can also help to regulate the pH and oil production of the skin.
The vitamin C content is considerably high in cranberries. Vitamin C helps contribute to the production of amino acids needed to build collagen. Increased collagen production will keep not only your heart and vessels elastic, but your skin nice and taught as well!
So get out your holiday cookbook, find some cranberry-rich recipes and get eating!
Packed with more Vitamin C then the citrus fruits, strawberries brighten and radiate your skin. Vitamin C is a fighter of free radicals, thus you can help protect your skin against further damage (ie- wrinkles and fine line formation).
They also contain alpha-hydroxy and salicylic acids, which is a great exfoliant of dead skin that lays on the surface. You can apply crushed up strawberries as a scrub for the face to cleanse the skin from dirt and oils.
Another bonus is that they help keep your teeth bright due to the natural astringent properties of malic acid, which effectively aids in the removal of surface stains!
So both your teeth and skin can sparkle!