Natural beauty can be strengthened by the amount of minerals we consume throughout our bodies, and considering 95 percent of our body is constantly interacting with minerals, we all have a good chance of enhancing our natural beauty everyday. The only problem is several individuals are unaware of the natural way to glow and do not understand why raw foods enhances our skin or what to consume for this natural glow.
Find out what you can consume and how the minerals in our body are helping our natural glow.
Four valuable beauty minerals that may help enhance your beauty:
- Zinc - helps to rebuild collagen in the body.
- Silicon - strengthens the hair, nails and skin.
- Magnesium and potassium - detoxify and cleanse the body.
- Iron - improve circulation, which helps skin tone.
Green plants are the most important food that provide all the minerals we need for beauty and nutrition, while simultaneously giving us the vitamins and amino acids we need to build protein.
Adding greens into your daily diet will broaden the mineral intake we need in our bodies. To supply your body these natural "green" minerals, it is best to consume when raw. This prevents loss of minerals, which would occur from cooking methods such as boiling, resulting in reduced mineral levels as well as their vitamin content.
Green plants that are highest in beauty minerals are: rocket, cucumber, radicchio, bok choy, dandelion, romaine lettuce, broccoli, celery, swiss chard, kale, watercress, mustard greens and wheatgrass.
Additional beauty boosts will occur when you consume the following raw foods, that can enhance your skin & make you glow naturally:
(courtesy of Elle.com)
Beets are a potent cleanser that can clear your blood of impurities. Skin reflects the health of your blood, so the cleaner your blood, the more beautiful the skin.
The vitamin C in citrus fruit (tropical fruits as well) may help with collagen production.
Berries are jam-packed with antioxidants, which protect skin cells from signs of aging.
Spinach is full of anti-aging antioxidants and minerals like vitamin A, C, and K. It also helps skin stay hydrated.
Kale contains carotenoids, which are rich in antioxidants. Juicing with dark leafy greens helps fight inflammation and detoxifies the liver, which in turn detoxes the skin. Good digestion is linked to clearer skin.
Walnuts are chock-full of vitamins B and E, which help fight off free radicals that can cause stress and wrinkles. Plus, they contain omega-3 fatty acids that help strengthen the skin membrane, keeping it moisturized and looking subtle.
If you love sashimi or ceviche you are in luck. Salmon and tuna are full of those omega-3 fatty acids that will provide your skin with a natural moisturizer.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A and biotin, which provide the building blocks for the development of new skin cells. They are also packed with antioxidants that support collagen health and fight inflammation.
Apples contain polyphenols, which can act as a natural sunscreen.
Almond and other nut milks are rich in copper, a mineral required to manufacture collagen, the structural protein that keeps skin wrinkle-free. It's also high in manganese, a mineral that not only protects the skin from UV damage, but has also been shown to prevent red and itchy skin.
Indulge in these organic foods and minerals and begin to feel the natural glow in your skin and overall health everyday! If you want, challenge yourself by incorporating these minerals into your daily diet to see how fast you feel the natural affects on your skin and body.
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Article sources and photo credit: Raw Foods at Elle.com & Raw Foods News at BodyandSoul.com