Thursday, August 03, 2006

A Balanced Beauty Diet

Good health and beauty aren't accomplished with overpriced cosmetics that contain a mile-long list of chemicals that you can't pronounce. Powerful beauty boosters are found in the foods that we eat everyday---or the foods that we at least strive to eat everyday. Here are a few super foods to add to your health and beauty routine.

Strawberries have been employed for centuries to instantly and gently whiten teeth. Simply bite into a large strawberry, and after enjoying your bite, rub the bitten end of the strawberry over your teeth for a couple of minutes. The effect is not dramatic, but in a pinch, it can at least brighten up those pearly whites a bit!

Apricots and Carrots contain betacarotene, strengthening the eyes. Not only does the compound assist with stimulating vision, but it also promotes healthy, hydrated eyes. Betacarotene protects the eye from harmful UV rays, often leading to cataracts. In addition, the compound helps to increase cellular regeneration and prevents premature aging of the skin.

Olive Oil is a body's best friend. The health benefits received from the consumption of this natural tonic are endless, as well as the beauty benefits. Olive oil works very well as a moisturizer for cuticles, dry patches and burns. It can be a little messy to apply olive oil directly to the skin, so look for products (preferably organic) that contain high amounts of olive oil.

Salmon and Avocados are high in omega 3 fatty acids, essential for maintaining skin structure, elasticity and evenness. Consuming fish and vegetables containing this fatty acid is much more effective and cheaper than spending lots of money on anti-aging creams. Omega 3's will actually repair damaged skin tissue!

Oranges, Raspberries and Peppers contain extremely high levels of vitamin C, promoting the production of elastin and the formation of collagen. Why spend endless amounts of money to have a synthetic version of collagen implanted in the body when you can receive the same benefits from a natural substance?

Blueberries and Pomegranates are prized for their antioxidant content. Antioxidants help neutralize "free radicals" which lead to cancer and other age related diseases. "Free radicals" are basically toxic forms of oxygen. Pass the blueberries, please!

Almonds fat-blocking, cholesterol-lowering and weight-maintenance capabilities are reasons alone to go nuts for the stuff. But almonds also help prevent scarring and are believed to aid in slowing the aging of cells.

Spinach, a vegetable containing more protein than many of its vegetable counterparts, is highly combative against osteoporosis, as it is chock full of Vitamin K. Spinach is also abundant in folate, known as folic acid, ensuring the health of those eating for two. Momma always said to eat your vegetables!