The Simple Guide to Beauty Foods

October 22, 2011

Foods can do so much for your body.

You can choose to eat certain foods to help you lose weight. You can choose foods that encourage gain weight. Foods can help with “move things along,” so to speak, and they can stop things up, too.

Foods can cause skin problems such as acne, or they can create a smooth, glowing appearance. Foods can harm your body, or bring about unexpected health miracles.

Certain foods can even give you an abundance of energy. And Beauty Foods can keep your skin, hair, and nails beautiful, maybe even enhance them!

Lemon takes the stage in this recipe.

There’s a great post coming for each of those topics above, but today we’re learning the secret to beauty found in foods. No calorie counting required.

Cabbage: Cabbage contains high amounts of vitamin C, helps to repair and heal collagen and body tissue, and brightens skin. Cabbage is easily found and inexpensive, and within just a few short weeks of adding some cabbage to your diet, your skin should start to glow.

Simply add some shredded cabbage to salads or veggie dishes. Or even use cabbage leaves for wraps.

Sunflower seeds: Eat this raw seed for beauty! Sunflower seeds contain high amounts of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a free radical scavenger (free radicals cause aging!) which neutralizes those free radicals in your body. Sunflower seeds support youthfulness of the skin and body by delaying and fighting against aging.

Sprinkle in salads, snack on them raw, blend them into smoothies or dips, or even throw some into baked goods, like my healthful banana bread.

Avocado: Known for their healthy fats, avocados are truly a beauty food because they contain monounsaturated fats which our body uses to help the absorption of vitamins A, C, D, and E. Avocados are moisturizing from the inside out. Being rich with vitamin A, avocados have the potential to aid in the removal of dead skin cells from your body. Slice an avocado to top salads, make into a guacamole, or even blend for incredible beauty pudding.

Try making the avocado chocolate filling in my Raw California Mud Pie or even some savory Pesticado, avocado pesto mix!

Lemons: A hydrating glass of lemon water everyday is a true beauty secret. Lemons are high in vitamin C and have numerous enzymes to suppose healthy liver tissue. Lemons are also incredibly alkalizing, decreasing inflammation and enhancing proper balance throughout the body.

Lemon squeezed into water everyday does the trick. Otherwise, get fancy and incorporate some lemon with other beauty foods such as avocados from above, The Perfect Pesticado has both.

Rooibos tea: High in antioxidants and hydrating. Rooibos is caffeine free, which is important because too much caffeine in the diet can lead to adreneal issues. Rooibos can also help to curb cravings.

Cucumbers: Cucumbers contain silica which majorly supports skin, nails, and hair. Most of the nutrients come from the cucumber skin, so eating organic whenever possible to get all of its benefits.

Try making a delicious salad with cucumbers and balsamic dressing.

Red peppers: High in beta caratine, and low sugar, bright red peppers are loaded with antioxidants to give your body a huge boost of nutrients.

Celery: The water content is super high in celery making it the perfect hydrating food and creates a flushing and diuretic effect helping to keep puffiness down (think eyes and face!). It also has a great balance of sodium to potassium. Juicing celery is another great way to gain their benefits and add hydration to the body.

For other beauty ideas, or just thinking of clearing out the gunk that’s already present in your tissues and body, check out my Simple Cleansing 101 for the basics!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Pauline January 23, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Healthy foods are covered by essential components to help maintaining beauty balance. It has something to do on how you take good care of yourself from the start. Through discipline will keep you stay fresh and young.

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Alisa Fleming October 25, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Ooh, I Love beauty concoctions that I can eat! Have a whole head of cabbage to consume this week 🙂

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zoe (and the beatles) October 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM

loved this 🙂 thanks, lori!

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Pure2raw twins October 25, 2011 at 4:41 AM

I am so glad that I enjoy everything you listed here 😉
yay for beauty foods!

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The (Cooking) Boyfriend October 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

You must be eating everything on your list everyday since I have never seen a more beautiful woman.
On a side note, I think I will wait until after lunch to start reading your blog posts since I am always so hungry after I am finished reading them.

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Lori October 24, 2011 at 9:01 AM

They make me hungry too.

What a nice comment. 😉

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christina October 23, 2011 at 7:58 PM

That second picture is making me drool all over myself.

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Ela October 22, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Thanks for such a fun list! It’s always fun to see what gets featured on lists like these. I love that you include rooibos–such good stuff. And lemon water…

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Shannon @ Healthiful Balance October 22, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂 I never knew the health benefits of red peppers, celery and cabbage!

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