Skin is your biggest organ and is often a pretty good indicator of your overall general health. Stress levels, pain, sleep, digestion, hydration, mental health…we all deal with these struggles and they are right there for our skin to bare.
A common (and incredibly flattering) compliment I received recently was that my skin was looking nice. Trust me when I say that this has not always been the case. In fact, I used to break out constantly. If that wasn’t bad enough, I had a plethora of other skin issues to deal with. You name it and I will assure you that, at one time, I had it.
This all changed when I changed my diet.
After years of going back-and-forth with doctors, I began to accept that it was “normal” to feel sick after eating (something that is completely unacceptable to me now). I finally figured out that I am lactose intolerant in the extreme and I have a weak gall bladder to boot. This means that I can have absolutely no dairy and must be very careful about the fats I consume.
Now, I am not saying that everyone should cut out a food group, that’s not the point. I am saying that we need to learn what works for our body and what does not. It is all too common for people to disassociate how they feel with what they have eaten when there is a vital connection.
In honor of boosting our health from the inside out, here are 10 great foods that will not only make you look good, but feel good.
Blueberries: These rich-coloured berries are ultimate immune-boosting food. Rich in antioxidants, blueberries have been shown to fight aging and memory loss.
Carrots: High in beta carotene, known to boost the immune system, inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells and decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Lettuce and Salad Greens: Tangy varieties, such as chicory and endive stimulate the liver, making them great detoxifiers. Most lettuces contain valuable amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Beetroot: Bursting with minerals and boasting anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, immune-boosting and detoxifying properties, this is indeed a “super” food .
Brazil Nuts: You only need to eat two or three a day to benefit from their great combination of immune-boosting nutrients: vitamin E, selenium and B vitamins.
Grapefruit: Grapefruit has immune-boosting, antiseptic, wound-healing and antibacterial properties. Please note: It may increase the effects of some medications, so be sure to check with your health provider before consuming if on meds.
Garlic: This potent food strengthens the heart and blood, and has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It’s also believed to help lower blood pressure. A key ingredient is allicin, which has cancer-fighting potential.
Avocado: Loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and carrying with it more potassium than a banana, this high (good) fat food is one of tastiest ways to lower cholesterol and give skin a beautiful glow.
Cranberries: Best known for helping to prevent and treat urinary tract infections(especially cystitis), in women, these sweet treats also maintain antifungal and antiviral properties.
Ginger: Not only it a great go-to for nausea, the flavorful food also boosts the immune system and circulation.
What are your favorite natural treats and remedies?