Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Superfood's

Fewer facets of your day to day life have more of an effect on your body than what you ingest. Help slow the process of aging by carefully selecting your foods. This will not only benefit your looks, but also your overall health. Without your health you have nothing.


"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."
~Buddha

One of my favorite quotes. Because it is so true to keep our mind, body and skin in the best possible condition.

I have put together a list of "super foods" and their benefits :


Watercress - are rich in lutein which acts as a natural sunblock for your eyes. Mix with salad or fish , use oil and vinegar to dress it but not overpower it.




Apricots - 20-30 calories each. They are loaded with potassium, which is great for cardiovascular health. They are extremely high in beta- carotene. The orange pigments of the apricot give your skin a glowing look.

Cucumbers- The skin of the cucumber is most important. It is loaded with cilica. Cilica is an essential component of connective tissue. Plumps wrinkles and boosts collagen production. Do not peel cucumbers. Also make sure to get organic cucumbers that are not covered in pesticides (You can check if the cucumber has pesticides on it by rubbing the cucumber, if it smells like pesticides,opt for a different cucumber. If it is too shiny it has a wax film on it that you do not want to ingest). It is used as a marketing tactic, the waxy film makes the cucumber look more appealing. When really, it is the complete opposite.


Blood Oranges-
more vitamin C then regular oranges. They contain anthocyanin an antioxidant known to act as a sunscreen. It also contains 130 % of DV of vitamin C. You can put some blood oranges in salad to give it an unexpected taste and a kick of antioxidants !



Other foods rich in anthocyanin:

blueberry,cranberry & bilberry,black raspberry,red raspberry and blackberry,blackcurrant, cherry, eggplant peel, black rice and Concord grapes.

Ginger: Next time you are out for sushi, don’t pass on this ! Ginger can help the digestive and circulatory systems and even prevent against the development of certain types of joint problems and arthritis.

Avocado: is a great source of monounsaturated fat which helps the body naturally lower the rate of bad cholesterol. In addition, it is a great source of Vitamin E which promotes healthy skin and can also fight the aging process.

There are plenty more super foods that I will be blogging about. These are just the few that, I am sure you can incorporate into your daily diet. Check back soon, for more super foods !



4 comments:

  1. Love this post love!! Keep em coming!

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  2. Love this post, too, Lauren!!!:)

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  3. Green foods have a cooling, calming and peaceful quality that offers a yin balance to our stressful. Broccoli's ability to boost our immune systems and fight off cancer makes it an essential super food.

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  4. Cucumber is good for reducing splitting of nails due to minerals present in it. It is best for skin.

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