We all know the food we consume directly impacts our health and appearance. Our food becomes our cells, blood, organs and skin. So, this holiday season,why not give yourself the gift of healthier looking skin. Alicia Rindge, ZOPHIA's new health guru, has handpicked eight vitamin-filled beauty foods to capture your holiday glow.
BEAUTY FOOD #1: COCONUT
By : Alicia Rindge,Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach
The first beauty food I want to tell you about is coconut! I could write a whole post on this amazing food, but I’ll limit myself to sharing a few of its amazing properties. Coconut boosts the immune system and helps activate your metabolism, critical in enhancing your health and beauty.
Cook and bake with coconut oil. Unlike other cooking oils, it doesn't become toxic when heated at high temperatures. Also, the antioxidants in coconut oil are preserved after heating which makes it a great choice for the stove-top Coconut oil tastes great! One of my favorite easy raw vegan recipes is coconut oil chocolates:
- 1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar (or raw honey or grade B maple syrup)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 tsp of maca, (optional)
Mix, pour into a mold, freeze for 10 minutes, enjoy! Drink coconut water instead of sports drinks to replenish your skin’s hydration level. Without the proper level of electrolytes, our skin cannot be elastic. Elasticity is the key to skin vitality.
Coconut oil is a wonderful anti-aging moisturizer for your skin, contains a natural sunscreen and is anti-microbial.
Make your own toothpaste out of coconut oil and baking soda for whiter teeth. Easy to make and less expensive than a trip to the cosmetic dentist! Stay tuned for my upcoming post on how to make your own dental care products!
BEAUTY FOOD #2: STRAWBERRIES
Strawberries are high in vitamin C. Not surprisingly, vitamin C is the building block of collagen, which is the underlying support structure of the skin. By eating any food rich in naturally occurring vitamin C, you are giving your skin a boost! Try buying organic strawberries; they do not contain toxic pesticides and chemicals. I love having strawberries in a quick easy smoothie or eating them sliced in a spinach strawberry walnut salad.
BEAUTY FOOD #3: CAYENNE
Cayenne peppers contain capsaicin which reduces hunger levels and ghrelin, which stimulates hunger, raises GLP-1 an appetite suppressing hormone. This will help your body desire the correct portions of foods. Cayenne pepper reduces inflammation in the body and works with the skin to fight aging. Inflammation is not pretty, so incorporate this spicy pepper into your meals. Try putting some cayenne in winter chili! I also put a dash into my salad dressings for an extra kick!
BEAUTY FOOD #4: ROMAINE LETTUCE
Romaine Lettuce has 100% of the recommended amount of vitamin A - which increases cell turnover. If your cells do not have the proper nutrients to turn over, you are left with dull, devitalized skin. Romaine also contains potassium which gives the skin a refreshing boost of nutrients and oxygen. Romaine is great in green smoothies or as a replacement for a bun!
BEAUTY FOOD#5: TOMATOES
Tomatoes contain high amounts of lycopene which block sunburn from within. You can find these particular tomatoes labeled, ‘high lycopene’, they are usually redder in color and still on the vine. Tomatoes are great with some mozzarella and basil!
BEAUTY FOOD #6: APPLES
Apples contain flavonoids, defense phytochemicals which are anti-inflammatory. They also contain quercetin, an antioxidant which combats free radicals and gives protection from the sun. Organic Cortland, Golden Delicious or Monroe are high in Flavonoids and Quercetin. An apple a day for beauty!
BEAUTY FOOD #7: WALNUTS
Walnuts contain alpha linolenic acid which is a omega 3 lubricating layer which keeps the skin moist. Most nuts have B vitamins and healthy fats that benefit the collagen and elastin in your skin. When possible buy whole, raw, organic, unpasteurized nuts with no added salt! When traveling, bring some walnuts with you for a quick nutritious snack!
BEAUTY FOOD #8: GREEN TEA
Green tea, rich in antioxidants, decreases inflammation, and has ECGC, which is the fountain of youth. Do yourself a favor and add green tea to your morning routine.
Try adding these foods into your lifestyle and watch yourself transform! Beauty always starts from within! ____________________________________________________________________________
Alicia Rindge is a certified holistic health and wellness coach at Healthy Mind Nutrition, world traveler and yogi. Alicia is passionate about organic plant-based sustainable nutrition. She teaches individuals how to heal, using food as medicine, and to find balance in their mental health through eating for healthy brain function. She specializes in eating for vitality, energy and a healthy mind! Connect with Alicia! firstname.lastname@example.org, www.healthymindnutrition.com, twitter: @aliciarindge, facebook: www.bitly.com/V2OjCB