Super foods grown in DR to keep you beautiful inside and out
Nature provides us with so many delicious foods that promote healthy skin and keep us looking beautiful from the inside out. Some are even so fabulous that besides eating them you can include them in your beauty routine and apply them right on the skin. They have the ability to exfoliate, moisturize, heal, protect and soothe your skin while saving you the trip to the drug store.
The coconut water keeps us hydrated, the meat gives us a delicious, and vitamin packed snack and the oil does almost everything you could wish for. The lauric acid in coconut oil helps fight bacteria, viruses and fungus both internally and externally. Replacing your regular cooking oils or butter with coconut oil can help reduce inflammation that can lead to skin trouble as well as boost your immune system. This oil is also a rich source of medium chain fatty acids, which the body uses as a quick source for energy while supporting brain and heart health. You can also use it topically as a great skin moisturizer and even as a replacement for your conventional hair conditioner.
This juice is rich with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Studies have shown that it may even help stabilize blood sugar, improve cholesterol and flush out toxins which can lead to more beautiful skin. I love it so much I have all my clients’ drink it during cleanses. Keeping an aloe Vera plant on hand is like having an all-natural medicine cabinet. Just open up the spiky leaves and use the slimy gel to help heal burns and surface wounds and help calm skin irritations such as acne, rashes and inflammation.
Most of us know that a warm cup of chamomile tea can help us relax and help us get to sleep but it can also help calm the nervous system, reduce inflammation and improve digestion. A washcloth soaked in warm chamomile tea is great for putting on puffy, irritated skin and is also great for healing acne. A few drops of chamomile essential oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil is an easy do-it-your- self-treatment for acne.
This tiny little seed is packed with Omega 3 fatty acids making it a great choice for heart health and helping to reduce inflammation. Its nutrient profile also helps balance hormones, which can improve skin health. Flax seed oil can replace olive oil for salad dressings and can be added into smoothies or green juices to help you absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Ground flax seeds are delicious sprinkled on top of yogurt or oatmeal and can even be mixed with coconut oil or a mashed avocado to create a gentle facial scrub.
Besides including these beauty boosting super foods into your diet keep the rest of your diet clean. A diet high in processed foods will always lead to inflammation and skin trouble. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables along with lean proteins whenever you can and choose healthy fats rich in omega 3 fatty acids instead of polyunsaturated fats, which can cause inflammation such as vegetable and soybean oil.
By Jacqueline Banks
Casa de Campo Living
Category: DR Living |