By Marcela Owen.
In my eyes, organic foods go hand in hand with natural foods. Processed foods are not as nutritious and reverse my efforts of maintaining a healthy, natural lifestyle and my efforts to delay and even reverse the aging process. Organic foods have all the nutrients and antioxidants that we need to optimize our well-being. Again, the goal is to manage a skin care regimen from all angles, inside and out. Eating foods as pure and unprocessed as possible not only affects our body and skin, but it may even help us avoid illness. The stronger we build our immune system, the better the chances of staying healthy.
I have a list of my top cleansing foods. These foods have cleansing elements or are just straight up good for you plus they taste delicious! They all contain anti-aging elements to nourish your skin!
Organic Fresh Fruit: One of my most favorite is papaya. Other than having essential vitamins like Vitamin C, It’s an antioxidant that has a cleansing effect on my body. It’s also the perfect fix when you are craving something sweet.
Whole Grains: When possible, I pick organic. Whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice medley or barley are fantastic for digestion and to provide fiber. These grains help you detoxify and cleanse thoroughly.
Organic Avocados: These are fantastic on their own or as a side with any dish, great for its monounsaturated fat and high in fiber. I eat avocados regularly to help remove toxins from the body and nourish my skin.
Olive Oil: I use extra virgin olive oil for all my food, salads, cooking, as a dip, with veggies, etc. It has had amazing effects on my skin and it’s a great internal moisturizer and lubricant.
Yerba Mate / Green Tea: These are both anti-oxidant rich teas. Both contain vitamins and minerals to stimulate overall cleansing of the skin and body.
Organic Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juice: Cucumber, parsley, cabbage and carrot is one of my favorite blends, but any combination of healthy fruits and vegetables in a drink are beneficial. Organic fruits and veggies are great for cleansing to safely remove toxins as well as providing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Water with Lemon: This is one of the best concoctions to flush out toxins and revitalize the body and organs. Remember that hydration is key.
Garlic: Garlic is a natural and antibacterial food to help cleanse the body’s organs, especially the liver. It also stimulates circulation.
Raw, Organic Nuts: Walnuts and almonds are nutrient rich foods. They are especially high in omega-3 fatty acids, a good source of Vitamin E as well as anti-oxidants that help maintain a glowing, healthy complexion.
Seaweed: Seaweed contains fat burning elements and it is delicious, filling and full of vitamins as well as minerals such as magnesium, calcium and iron.
As I mentioned, I feel it is equally important to take care of your skin externally as well as internally. It’s important to understand that buying organic (and supporting your local farmers) is part of this program and living a natural lifestyle. I recommend purchasing organic and natural whenever possible.
My favorite way to have my fruits, veggies, and nuts is with the Bullet. Have you tried it yet? I admit it, I bought it after watching an infomercial, but it wasn’t an impulsive purchase, it just all made so much sense to have one. You mix your favorite nutritious ingredients into a container, then you add water, cover, mix and voila! Your healthy concoction is ready to drink. It is an excellent way to ingest nutrients that can help address body discomforts, and to stay looking young and healthy. It’s a great substitute for coffee, have one a day instead of coffee and see your energy sky rocket.
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