The Nutritional Twins: Health and Beauty
The renowned German poet, Heinrich Heine, once stated: The only beauty I know is health. And that statement is as true today as it was centuries ago. If you care for the health of your body, it will return the favor with an inner and outer beauty. Your natural beauty is a gift from your parents, keeping yourself healthy is a gift that you give yourself. While you cannot change your DNA, you can nurture your body with an abundance of high quality foods that will actually work to maintain your health and protect your skin from the signs of aging. How great is that? Just by eating you can help your body function like it did when you were younger, and those same foods will keep your skin hydrated, glowing, and vibrantly attractive.
You’re probably thinking: Oh, no, is this another eating fad or crazy diet? And the answer is: Absolutely not. Selecting those foods, sometimes called superfoods, which will work with your body is easy when you understand how your choices can improve your muscle tone, bones, skin, hair, nails, and eyes. These same foods can also boost your energy, while cleansing your body of stubborn fat.
So, what are the best foods and how will they help? Before embarking on the outstanding health and beauty benefits of specific foods, it is worth mentioning that the most beneficial liquid available to complement anyone’s eating habits is water. Not that this comes as any big surprise since we have been told about drinking lots of water since we stopped being breast fed.
Listed below are the major beneficial groups of vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients, which the body needs for good health and vibrant beauty. Each group contains the healthiest known foods that can be easily purchased in any grocery store or farmers market. Some foods are beneficial in several areas, so you’ll see them listed under more than one group.
Healthy Eating for a Beautiful Body
- Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps the body in a number of ways. It supports eye health, acts as a natural sunscreen, and helps to maintain normal cholesterol levels. The best food sources are tomatoes, pink grapefruit, apricots, and watermelon.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids are very beneficial for your heart and mind. They are also a wonderful way to keep your skin hydrated, soft, and wrinkle free. Two forms of Omega-3, DHA and EPA, are abundant in fish food, such as Wild Alaskan Salmon, Lake Trout, Sardines, Bluefish, Tuna, and Anchovies. Another beneficial form of Omega-3 is Alpha-Linolenic Acid, ALA, supports strong bones, lowers bad cholesterol levels, and can be found in Walnuts, Flaxseeds, and Soybeans.
- Vitamins A and C work to destroy excess estrogen and to enhance collagen production, which is needed by every cell in the body, and to support firm and supple skin tones. While these vitamins are found in lots of different foods, they are plentiful in broccoli, citrus fruits, spinach, all forms of berries, kiwifruit, and in tomatoes.
- Vitamin B, in all of its forms, supports every tissue in the body, hydrates the skin, and enhances energy levels. Good sources for Vitamin B are mushrooms, brown rice, string beans, and a variety of multi-grain breads.
- Vitamin K is fat-soluble and works to maintain digestive and cardiovascular health, and with its blood clotting properties, it helps to prevent excessive blood loss when the body is injured. Food sources rich in Vitamin K include lettuce, spinach, broccoli, eggs, and raspberries.
- Protein is important for healthy, strong nails, for shiny, strong hair, for strong bones and muscles, for firm and supple skin, for strong cartilage, for mental clarity, to boost energy, and to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Good sources of protein are beef, veal, poultry, tofu, salmon, walnuts, almonds, avocados, red beans, fat-free or low-fat organic milk, eggs, lentils, soybeans and Greek yogurt.
- Fiber is essential for maintaining normal blood sugar levels, and it serves as an enhancement for weight loss. Fiber also helps prevent facial acne and rashes by helping the body to eliminate yeasts and fungi in the digestive system. Good sources of fiber are oats, raisins, raspberries and pumpkin seeds.
- Antioxidants are excellent for the cardiovascular system, and for fighting wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of skin aging. Foods abundant with antioxidants are blueberries, beans, dark chocolate, mushrooms, lentils and tart cherries.
- Probiotics and Calcium work to support the digestive system, to prevent skin ailments, to maintain strong bones, to support healthy gums and teeth, and to reduce fat cells. Food sources rich in probiotics and calcium include Greek yogurt, fat-free or low-fat organic milk, cheese, salmon, sardines, peas, orange juice, and oysters.
- Other nutritional needs include Zinc, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, and Manganese. These elements are good for controlling and losing belly fat, for improving the metabolism, for lean, strong muscle tone, and a healthy nervous system. Foods rich in these nutrients are broccoli, avocados, dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, bananas, lean beef, quinoa, chicken, potatoes, citrus fruits, and lima beans.
Feel free to mix and match these food choices to please your own personal tastes, because no matter which combinations you select, you’ll love the health and beauty benefits. The best way to sum up the effects of the nutritional twins, health and beauty, is with an eloquent quote from the author, Terri Guillemets, You are as important to your health as it is to you. Bon Appetite!