Glowing Skin from the Inside Out
Beautiful skin starts from the inside out. People who increase raw food in their diets (food in it’s natural state that hasn’t been overheated or processed) often see an improvement in their skin and look younger. The best way to improve the quality of your skin, hair, and nails is to consume fresh, organic raw vegetables and juices. Raw foods will make your skin GLO.
Your skin is a reflection of your digestion system. When you are digesting properly and absorbing all the nutrients from your wholesome foods, your skin shows it. Raw foods are high in vitamins and minerals, enzymes, water, omega 3 fatty acids, and fibre — all key components of radiant skin.
Enzymes from food aid digestion, assimilation, and absorption of nutrients. When all of these things are working harmoniously, your skin looks great! High-water foods (vegetables and fruits) help to hydrate the skin and deter wrinkles, making it look supple.
Fibre helps with elimination, and when the body is eliminating toxins efficiently, the condition of your skin improves. When the body isn’t eliminating toxins at a fast enough rate, it will find other ways of elimination (i.e., via the skin through acne).
Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, a nutritionist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston says that essential fatty acids are responsible for healthy cell membranes, which act as barriers to harmful things and also as the passageway for nutrient and waste products in and out of the cell. Because the cell membrane also holds water in, the stronger that barrier is, the better your cells retain moisture. And that means plumper, younger-looking skin.
95 per cent of our body’s activities involve minerals, and it is easy to provide the body with the essential minerals it needs when eating balanced meals. Minerals are a key component to beautiful skin and optimal physiological functioning. Thus, ultimately, the expression of our skin depends on our mineral sources.
The most important beauty minerals
Silicon strengthens the hair, nails, and skin.
Zinc helps rebuild collagen in the body.
Vitamin C and iron improve circulation, which helps skin tone.
Magnesium and potassium detoxify and cleanse for clearer skin.
Green plants contain all the minerals we need for beauty and vitality, while also providing the vitamins and amino acids we need to build protein. They help keep our bodies healthy and our skin glowing. Eating green plant foods raw provides the most nutrition, as overcooking and over-processing causes vitamin and mineral loss. Approximately 50% of the protein and 70-90% of the vitamins and minerals are lost when food is cooked.
Green plants that are highest in beauty minerals are cucumber, radicchio, bok choy, dandelion, romaine lettuce, broccoli, celery, arugula, kale, Swiss chard, watercress, mustard greens, and wheatgrass. Even better for a beauty boost are organic greens and vegetables, which are more nutritious and have a higher mineral content than those coming from traditional farming soil.
How to increase your raw food intake
Try a smoothie.
Drink fresh green juice.
Pop a shot of wheatgrass.
Enjoy salad with a variety of greens and colourful vegetables.
Eat fresh cut-up veggies with every meal.
Add sprouts to your wraps or sandwiches.
Try raw soups and gazpachos.
If your diet is not on track, it will show up on your skin. Just as other organs suffer due to poor diet, so does your skin, which is the largest organ in your body. Acne, dry skin, eczema, liver spots, and other skin issues are all indicators that your diet is unbalanced.
Beauty foods for women and men
Vitamin A – leafy green vegetables, sweet potato, carrot, cantaloupe, squash
Vitamin C – green vegetables, citrus fruits, strawberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes
Vitamin E – avocado, pear, spinach, sunflower seeds, sweet potato
Vitamin B complex – bananas, nuts, prunes
Biotin – hazelnuts and sesame seeds
Zinc – broccoli, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
Selenium – Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts Other foods high in probiotics (good bacteria), enzymes, and minerals – raw, cultured cabbage
Try ginger, cayenne, and turmeric to increase blood flow and overall circulation, while helping to reduce inflammation and bloating. Good blood flow and circulation with minimal inflammation and bloating equals beautiful skin that shines.
Want to go vegan or raw but not sure how to make it happen? Learn from master holistic nutritionist and chef Grace Van Berkum at at the GLO LiveFood Nutrition Course at the Art of Living Retreat Center from September 15th-20th, 2019.
Grace Van Berkum is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, detox nutritionist, raw-food chef, and author of three cookbooks. Grace facilitates GLO Cell Health Retreats and spreads the message of self-love and plant-based nutrition around the world. She believes that whole foods and plant foods in conjunction with a balance of heart and mind can help heal the body and world of disease.
This article was first posted on gracevanberkum.com, and is republished with permission from the author.