by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner.
Have you ever heard the expression, “Eat the Rainbow?”
Eating the rainbow encourages us to enjoy a full range of colourful foods for their nutritional value and flavour that come straight from Mother Nature’s imagination!
By nourishing ourselves with fresh, delicious, and nutritious foods that come from plants (instead of the ones manufactured in plants), we naturally become healthier, happier, and even better looking!
So, the next time you’re shopping at a grocery store or perusing a menu at a restaurant, think about the colours of your fruits and vegetables, and choose these 7 anti-aging foods for beautiful skin!
When we eat poorly, it shows up on our skin.
As the largest organ in our bodies, the skin is often the first to show signs of poor health. Conditions like dullness, dryness, dehydration, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, blemishes, cracking skin, rashes, wounds that never seem to heal, and itchiness are messages from the body that we need to look at something deeper that needs attention.
The good news is, we can reverse many signs of ill health and pre-mature aging by simply changing our diets and choosing foods that are loaded with nutrients to help fuel our bodies naturally. Ultimately, good, wholesome foods create a lovely, soft, and radiant complexion which will always be in style!
Let the rainbow guide you!
If you’re looking to add more fruits and vegetables in your diet, look for foods that have a deep, vibrant colour (in any of the primary colours). The more variety you include on your plates, the better. And if you’re afraid to try something new, blending your own smoothies is a great way to hide things that aren’t so appealing at first and to experiment with new taste combinations! Homemade soups are a good idea, too!
Just remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help you digest your food easily and to stay hydrated!
Here are 7 colourful foods to nourish your skin from within!
1. Pomegranate (Red)
POMEGRANATES (Punica granatum): Pomegranate is a red berry fruit, about the size of an orange, whose thick skin envelops at least 200 seeds. Each seed is surrounded by a sac of red gelatinous pulp. Also known as “seeded apple,” pomegranate is a fruit that is native to Iran and Iraq. Many ancient cultures have celebrated this fruit as a symbol of prosperity and fertility and it was also featured in the Myth of Persephone in an round-about way to explain the seasons. Today, Pomegranate extracts are known to have antioxidant and anticancer properties.
2. Papaya (Orange)
PAPAYAS (PAWPAW) (Carica papaya): This bright orange tropical fruit with edible black peppery seeds was also dubbed, “The fruit of the Angels” by Christopher Columbus. How fun! Include papayas in your breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner for their free-radical fighting antioxidants, to help with digestion, to help boost your immune system, and for their mild and refreshing taste.
3. Turmeric (Yellow)
TURMERIC (Curcuma longa): is a potent spice made from the dried, ground root vegetable of Turmeric. Related to ginger, golden turmeric is another symbol of prosperity and has been used as a basic ingredient in curries and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Turmeric is believed to be an overall cleanser for the body, especially the digestive system. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties which brings out the natural glow of skin.
4. Avocado (Green)
AVOCADOS (ALLIGATOR PEAR) (Persea americana): The distinctive creamy-green flesh of the avocado is a treasury of vitamins, minerals, and natural emollients which hydrate and nourish skin. Avocados are especially loaded with Vitamin E which is all about healthy skin, hair, and nails! The next time you have an extra avocado lying around, spread half of it on toast and the other half on your face as a facial masque!
5. Coconut Oil (Light Blue / White)
COCONUT OIL (Cocos nucifera): As one of the “super foods,” emollient Coconut oil is moisturizing to the skin (either applied topically or taken internally as food). The healthy fats in coconut oil help the body and brain run more smoothly and efficiently. Use coconut oil in smoothies, soups, baking, and melted over popcorn!
6. Blueberry (Blue / Indigo)
BLUEBERRIES (Vaccinium corybosum): Violet-blue and blue-black blueberries used to grow wild in my backyard in Nova Scotia and I’ve always loved them. Blueberries are packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are both essential to healthy skin. Adding blueberries to your meals will help cleanse the skin, repair sun-damaged skin, even-out skin tone, reduce under-eye puffiness, and they’ll increase the beauty of your complexion from the inside out and the outside in.
7. Grapes (Green or Purple)
GRAPES (Vitis vinifera): Red, purple, green, or black grapes are high in minerals and antioxidants. As a special bonus, the skin of red grapes contains a superstar plant compound called, Resveratrol, which helps boost radiance in your complexion. Grapes are possibly the most anti-aging ingredient on this list!
I hope you like my choices of colourful foods and that you’ll start adding them to your healthy meals. And did you know, as a fringe benefit to eating more nutritious foods, you’ll also get more value from your skin care products and facial appointments as well? Yes, they all go together! So, if you’d like to book a mobile facial with me, let me know!
And if you happen to be able to combine all of these 7 anti-aging foods for beautiful skin in one recipe, tell us about it in the comments! 🙂
As you can see, each colour, in it’s own way, can help your skin look better and healthier. By eating all kinds of colourful fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices, you can give your skin the essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals it needs to look fabulous!
About the Blogger
Maria Koropecky is a spa therapist and writer who specializes in helping people relax and manage stress. To make a mobile spa appointment, please visit www.Homespunspa.com.