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Beauty and Raw Food
|One of the best
ways to improve the appearance of your skin is by incorporating
raw food into your diet. Beautiful skin starts from the inside
out. People who switch to eating mostly raw food often see an
improvement in their skin and look younger.
Heating food above 105 degrees Fahrenheit destroys the enzymes as well as
50% of the protein and 70-90% of the vitamins and minerals.
Eating cooked food overtaxes the body’s enzyme reserves. Eating
more raw food decreases the amount of digestive enzymes your
body has to produce. Raw foods are foods in their natural state
with the enzymes left intact. Enzymes are needed to perform many
functions in the body including digestion, assimilation and
elimination of food. A drained enzyme supply can result in
vitamin and mineral deficiencies, premature aging and low
energy. Raw foods high in enzymes include sprouts, papaya and
Free radicals damage your skin and interfere with collagen production
causing premature aging. Antioxidants counteract free radicals
that age the skin. Berries, especially blueberries, are potent
antioxidants that promote collagen which reduces wrinkles.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and grapefruit help rid
the body of free radicals keeping the skin looking young. Foods
high in the antioxidant beta carotene including carrots and
apricots protect the skin against sun damage.
CoenzymeQ10 is an effective antioxidant involved in the energy process and
present in every cell in the body. CoQ10 levels in the body
diminish with age. CoQ10 destroys free radicals and slows aging.
Spinach, broccoli and peanuts are foods high in CoQ10.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the strength of
other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E, and assists the
body’s energy production. Alpha-lipoic acid can be found in
spinach, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, tomatoes and peas.
Sulfur is a mineral present in every cell in your body. It is needed in
collagen production and for healthy skin, hair and nails.
Organic sulfur levels in food are lost when processed, heated or
dried. Sulfur is known to help improve skin conditions such as
acne. High sulfur content foods include asparagus, broccoli,
hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, red pepper, garlic, onion, watercress
Silicon is an essential trace mineral needed for healthy skin, hair, nails
and bones. Silicon levels decrease with age. Fruits and
vegetables are the richest source of silicon including apples,
oranges, cherries, grapes, strawberries, beets, cucumber,
carrots and green leafy vegetables.
Phytochemicals are plant chemicals that help the body defend against damage
and are said to have anti-aging properties. Phytochemicals can
be found in berries, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, spinach,
carrots, cocoa and bell pepper.
Raw nuts and seeds are high in Vitamin E which is beneficial to the skin.
Selenium keeps the skin elastic and can be found in garlic,
onions and shallots.
When the body rids itself of toxins, it passes through the skin which is the
largest elimination organ. Raw food increases your
detoxification rate. Drinking water helps the body rid itself of
toxins. Seaweed is high in vitamins and minerals beneficial to
the skin and also helps rid the body of toxins.
To achieve a healthy complexion, drink plenty of water and eat plenty of raw
food. What goes into your body is reflective in your overall
About the author:
Elizabeth Kiely is the owner of EK Shower Caps: