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June 30, 2013

Beautifying Foods in Nature

Nature provides an amazing number of beautifying and healing foods for achieving beautiful skin. It is widely known that antioxidants are paramount for a glowing complexion, but many people do not know the biology behind the beauty, so to speak.
 
Pomegranates
Antioxidants are responsible for preventing free radicals from oxidizing, thus slowing the aging process and preventing disease.  However, our bodies are not capable of producing antioxidants.  Therefore, we must find ways to incorporate antioxidant-rich foods into our diets to protect ourselves against the skin damage that exposure to free radicals can produce.  Essentially, antioxidants cancel the cell-damaging effects of free radicals and help restore skin to its natural state.  
 
Various foods deliver beauty and health, which are naturally synonymous.  Get ready to make a beauty inspired grocery list!  
 
While our bodies cannot produce antioxidants, they are naturally occurring in berries and pomegranates, making them natural free-radical fighters that help maintain beautiful healthy skin.  They help counterbalance the signs of aging, while boosting our ability to defend ourselves in the future.  
 
Other foods that ought to be on the top of your beauty/grocery list are: seeds, nuts, and sprouts, which are an outstanding source of Vitamin E.  Vitamin E helps skin retain moisture, one of the most important components to a glowing, supple complexion, helping to minimize premature again and wrinkles.  
 
It is a must to include the main source for Omega-3 Fatty Acids, namely: Fish.  Both essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Zinc play key roles in the production of skin collagen, which is what keeps our skin elastic or youthful.  To maintain a naturally peachy complexion, make sure to enrich your diet with fish.
 
SpinichMy favorite Vitamin is Vitamin A.  Dark orange and dark green vegetables are next on your shopping for naturally beautiful skin list—the darkest you can find!  Vitamin A contributes to the formation of new cells, keeping skin, hair, and eyes beautiful, shiny and bright.  If your diet lacks Vitamin A, your skin will reflect it, appearing dull.  A Vitamin A deficiency is known to actually worsen existing acne.  Spinach, kale and broccoli are wonderful sources of Vitamin A.
 
Whole grains are critical, as they are tremendous sources of antioxidants and Vitamin B complex, which actually releases energy from food for skin metabolism, functioning as a potent detoxifier. 
 
Antioxidant-Rich Recipe:  Tofu Temptation
*This beauty recipe includes carrots…the richest source of carotenoids with a wealth of Vitamin A.
 
Ingredients
 

-  Juice from 1 lemon

-  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

-  One 7-ounce package silken organic tofu, cut into bite-size pieces

-  1 cup red and green seedless grapes, cut in half

-  1 large red beet, peeled and thinly sliced

-  1 medium carrot, peeled and julienned

-  2 tablespoons pickled ginger, sliced or 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

-  ¼ cup walnut halves

-  4 cups granola


Cooking Instructions
Whisk together lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl.  Set aside.  Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Add dressing and toss gently to combine.  Serve Tofu Temptation in salad bowls and “give in to temptation”!
 
 

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ELIZABETH TENHOUTEN

Author and beauty expert whose advice has appeared in national online and print publications, radio interviews, and television.
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