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Fruits, vegetables good for skin

Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:20 pm

Eating Fruits and Vegetables for Skin and Beauty - Fruits, vegetables good for skin
Fruits and vegetables: one of the most widely available sources of energy on this planet. These sources, when consumed appropriately can be of immense help in enhancing an individual’s beauty. The raw food diet is most certainly about beauty: the beauty of nature, the beauty of health, and the beauty of body, mind and soul.

When choosing what to eat, go for foods that most closely resemble foods found in the wild. These foods will contain more minerals and stronger life energy. Many fruits and vegetables today are hybrids and have been genetically modified to be low in nutrition and high in sugar.

Raw vegetables themselves can be a treasure trove of toxins. What makes someone beautiful on the outside is often reflective of what they put in the inside. Some fruits which help in enhancing beauty are:

Fresh summer fruits such as peaches, plums and nectarines are proven to be sources of antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Research shows that antioxidants can protect skin from damaging UV rays, and antioxidants are more effective when more than one is present at the same time, as in California peaches, plums and nectarines.
Researchers at the University of California , Davis have found that California peaches, plums and nectarines are good sources of two groups of phytonutrients, the carotenoids and the polyphenols, both powerful antioxidants that may hold the secret to long life and vitality.
"Fresh peaches, plums and nectarines can help you do this, because they are lower on the glycemic index than most fruits and juices."
As a dessert: In bowl, combine first 6 ingredients and place large dollop in center of 6 dessert plates, reserving about 3/4 cup.
Arrange plum slices face down between peach slices, standing up so that the skin of the plum faces upward to create color contrast.
Sprinkle coconut over each dish, extending beyond the fruit pieces onto the plate.
Natural acids and antioxidants in fruit and yogurt will nourish and lightly exfoliate skin, while oil released from walnuts will lend softness and sheen.
Make salads sensational by adding fresh fruit to the salad and the dressing
Berries are loaded with antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatory compounds that help repair skin and prevent further damage by neutralizing free radicals in your body.
One important thing worth mentioning here is that, the things that people consider to be fruits are not necessarily healthy fruits. For example, eating apple pie is counted as a fruit in clinical trials. But in fact it's a cooked, sugary apple pie made with hydrogenated oils, refined white flour and refined sugar in the crust. That's not fruit. That's junk food. But medical studies call that "fruit.” Hence, note that by “Fruits” what one means are fruits that are raw and uncooked.

Water is the best way to ensure that your skin looks its best. But olive oil and cantaloupe are two foods that also help you maintain a dewy, healthy look. Just a few one-tablespoon servings of olive oil per week keeps skin healthy, since the oil is packed with antioxidants that help pores stay clear. Use it to stir-fry vegetables, flavor pasta dishes and dress salads. Eating half a cup of cantaloupe cubes also helps vanquish dry skin, thanks to the fruit's high carotene content, which keeps skin cells healthy.

Studies have shown that people who eat a Mediterranean diet rich in essential fats from beans and olive oil are less susceptible to wrinkles than those who indulge in a diet heavy with non-essential fats from butter, sugar and milk products. Soy has the benefit of containing estrogen, which has been found to stimulate connective tissue and promote healthy skin

Studies also suggest that dark green vegetables such as spinach are dietary musts for people plagued by pimples and blackheads, since they are full of antioxidants that reduce inflammation and neutralize cell-damaging agents. Try to get five or six servings of leafy greens per week plus a daily serving of orange veggies such as carrots, pumpkin and peppers, which are rich in beta-carotene, a compound that converts into vitamin A in the body and helps heal damaged skin tissue. For rough skin patches — including wounds and scars — have a diet rich in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, which are chock-full of vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin C in particular is critical in healing wounds since it helps form connective tissue.

Here one can see the various benefits of eating fruits and vegetables in their natural form. It is easy to consume food to satiate ones hunger. But to satiate ones hunger for beauty is what no-one does.


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