Saturday, June 30, 2012
The health and glow of you skin, is more about what you are eating....and not eating than it is ever about what you are putting on your skin.
The key's to beautiful skin are for the most part minerals and enzymes, critical for every function in the human body. This week we look at minerals, compounds that are found in the soil, originating over time in the evolution of our existence. The food we eat has learnt to absorb these minerals, creating a nutritious bank in plants, this nutrition is then transferred to us when we ingest them. The better the soil quality, the better concentration in the plants, which then equates to better nutrition with every bite. This is a very important reason to eat your produce organic, healthy soils=healthy people.
Would you be surprised if I told you that organic green vegetables are one of the most abundant sources of these minerals required for healthy skin, as well as an abundance of complete nutrition to facilitate every other function.
The most important minerals for great skin include silicon, zinc, and iron, and some of the most abundant sources of these are...GREEN FRESH VEGETABLES. These vegetables include chlorophyll and are alkalizing in the body so serve to reduce inflammation and puffiness as well as serving the body as a natural deodorant.
Silicon is a fundamental mineral for skin health, it serves to strengthen the skin, hair and nails, by helping to produce collagens which maintain the skin matrix. Good sources included cabbage, green vegetables, cucumbers, onions, radish, cos lettuce, tomatoes, apples,
Zinc is essential for re-building damaged tissues and wounds including collagen, preventing wrinkles, hair loss and brittle nails. Good sources include Organic raw dark chocolate, Raw pumpkin seeds, Pine nuts, Sesame seeds, Pecans, Rolled oats, Dried watermelon seeds, kale, silverbeet
Iron is required to transport oxygen around the body, including the skin's surface. This act improves circulation and in turn skin tone, good sources include Spinach, Artichoke, Squash Seeds, Dried Apricots, Pistachios, Raisins, Walnuts, Asparagus, Quinoa, Mushrooms, Beans
Enzymes play an equally important role by purifying the blood, metabolising fats, renewing aging skin and keeping the blood clean.
A interesting fact... a study undertaken by St Andrews University of Psychology found that by increasing fruit and vegetable intake, the tone of the skin improved, resulting in an improved healthiness and attractiveness of facial skin.
So what does this all translate to??? Something truly simple...increasing your daily intake of fresh organic produce, preferably as close to its natural state as possible, this doesn't mean eating all of it raw, but at least in the colder months including at least a juice/green smoothie a day and a salad with your lunch and dinner.
Try our: Green Smoothie
WEEKLY PRODUCE REPORT
So this week we have the certified organic apples available, our local sustainably grown apple orchard will be back first week in September.
The oranges are sensational at the moment, refreshing, hydrating and sweet.
Heavy rainfall in the valley has meant that limited amounts of spinach and wild rocket are coming through this week
Continental parsley is sensational at the moment, so tasty, add it to your smoothies, juice, everything. Its a great source of vitamin C and Iron
The rainbow radish's are sensational too. Make a delicious salad with them, they look and taste amazing
Watercress is back this week, watch this space for a delicious potato salad with avocado and watercress
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