10 Foods For Vibrant Skin
By Ulyana Michailov ND • March 13th, 2011 • 63911 Views
Healthy skin is beautiful skin and is something we can only achieve by nourishing it from the inside out and also using only natural products. Its functions are underestimated when compared to the rest of the bodily systems but without the skin, we simply couldn’t survive.
Nutritious foods eaten consistently will begin to rebuild the cellular structure but this will take time as the skin has many layers. What you eat and drink now, will only be seen in 4 to 6 weeks time. Commit to a natural, whole foods diet and your skin will become healthy and beautiful.
1. Lemon- The clarifier
A lemon a day, juiced and sipped with water first thing in the morning or at any break is a wonderful complexion clearer. This little ritual gives your metabolism a kick start, and your liver a much needed mini cleanse and your skin a vitamin C boost. Lemons are very cleansing to the body, so they help clarify the complexion. Another great ways to include it squeezed over salad, vegetables or sliced in your jug of water, by the end of the day you have infused the lemony goodness into your drink.
2. Water- The hydrator
Water makes up around 75 to 85% of your body; it's in every part of your body including your teeth and hair. Even though we've heard it all before, drinking pure water hydrates your body and skin. Keeping the cells hydrated, so they can easily uptake nutrients and remove waste.
How much to drink?
It depends on how much cooked food or dense food you eat. If you have a salad for lunch everyday and fresh fruit as a snack, this reduces your need for water. Caffeine, exercise frequency, spicy food, sugar animal foods, alcohol, and salt all increase your need for water. The warmer months also require you drink more. Allow your natural thirst to dictate how much water you need. 6 to 8 glasses a day is a good estimate.
3. Beet root- The blood cleanser
One of my favourite high-maintenance vegetables! High maintenance because it is red, juicy and will stain anything it lands on. Beetroot is a blood cleanser and has a slight laxative effect. Skin health relies on healthy blood and circulation. The healthier your blood, the healthier your skin because this is where your skin gets most of its nutrition from.
Beetroot has been a popular ingredient throughout Eastern Europe and is found in many soup and salad dishes. Claimed to be a ‘blood cleaner’ beetroot makes the perfect spring salad to accompany your lunch or evening meal. Serve...
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Ulyana Michailov is a naturopath and acupuncturist from Adelaide, Australia. She also holdsqualifications in herbal medicine, nutrition, and traditional Chinese medicine. Growing up Ulyana would consistently seek out the wilderness; she still describes herself asa “hippie at...