Summer 101: Eat Fresh
The phrase “You are what you eat” has certainly been used over and over again in this culture of crash dieting and obsession with appearances. However, the real truth in this catch phrase is that you actually are what you eat. I’m talking about your health…and more specifically the health of your largest organ, your skin.
Your body is a machine that needs quality fuel to function. How effectively that machine is functioning inside will eventually show up on the outside. It’s summer, gardens are producing their harvest, farmer’s markets are full of fruits and veggies galore! You have healthy choices literally at your fingertips…why are you still making boxed mac n cheese for dinner?? Below are some examples of quality fuel that are abundant during the summer months.
Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are full of goodness for your skin and super-charged with the antioxidants vitamins C and E. Vitamin C is the great skin restorer; it helps produce natural collagen, which is vital for keeping the complexion plump and smooth.
Spinach, Cabbage, Kale and Watercress
Leafy greens are a great source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and the mineral iron - essential for keeping your blood healthy and your skin bright. They're also rich in B vitamins, so they also boost your energy and your ‘glow’ factor.
Mango, Carrots and Sweet Potatoes
All contain beta-carotene which is crucial for your skin. Also known for helping with eye sight and immune system function. Replace your regular baked potato with a sweet potato or try a wholesome carrot soup. Try whipping up a ripe mango with orange juice or yogurt for a healthy breakfast smoothie.
They're full of lycopene. Lycopene helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays - in other words, protecting against sun damage.
Summer squash, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Watermelon
Made up of mostly water these fruits and veggies will keep you hydrated this time of year.
However, there's reason to eat them all year long. Rich with vitamin K and B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, they can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are widespread among those eating a typical American diet.
While eating seasonally with the above foods is important try also adding in some the following, essential building blocks for a good diet.
Try swapping out white flour, bleached or enriched carbs for whole grains. Healthy fiber source to aid in digestion and removing toxins.
Yogurt with active cultures will aid in digestion and gut health.
Full of antioxidants and flavanols that help to fight free radicals and are said to assist in preventing the formation of cancer cells.
Do I have to say more…it’s good for you! Really! Just make sure you stick to 70% or more cacao. Helps to decrease inflammation.
Have a super fresh summer!