Thursday, 23 June 2016

How to Have Fit Skin From Within

Today in our bid to improve your well-being, we will be looking at three powerful fruits that do wonders for your skin from within. 

1. Apricots

Cultivated by the Chinese people for many years, the apricot fruit is low in calories, yet quite high in fibre. The high fibre found in the fruit aids bowel regularity which can help prevent constipation and bowel cancer.

Apricots also have vitamins C and E, zinc and copper which not only aid and promote clear skin but also protects your vision. The flesh of the apricot fruit contains high levels of vitamin A which further promotes healthy eyes and skin. The great thing is that you can eat apricots fresh, dried, lightly poached and even pickled! 

So if you are looking for your skin to improve in tone, texture and shine from within, would it not be nice to add some apricots to your list of healthy goodies to eat?

2. Pomegranates

Don’t be fooled by the mess of a pomegranate when it is cut open. Belonging to part of the super fruits family, pomegranates have antiviral properties which helps fight infection. The fruit is also high in fibre but only if you eat the seeds which contain unsaturated fat. it has also been said that the juice from pomegranates contains substances which support a healthy prostate.

So how is pomegranates great for your skin?

The fruit has high levels of antioxidants which maintains the elasticity of the arteries. They neutralize free radicals seven times more than green tea and two times more than red wine. Pomegranates have high levels of ellagic acid which is a compound proven to protect the skin from sun damage and ultraviolet radiation. 

3. The Avocado
Have you heard it many times. “Avocados are fattening”! 

To be perfectly honest, avocados have the noticeable difference of being the fruit with the highest fat content. But the fats in avocados are the beneficial fat that your body requires. This is known as monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) or monounsaturated fat - i.e. fats which are not fully ‘saturated’.  Simply described, these fats are liquid at room temperature, cloudy when cooled and may solidify when refrigerated.  Monounsaturated fat is also known as Oleic acid and can be found in olive oil. Olei acid is believed to reduce inflammation and research has show that it has benefits on genes linked to cancer.

Avocados are often called “alligator pears” because they tend to be shaped like a pear with green, bumpy skin similar to that of an alligator. They come in various sizes - from pear-shaped to round and from green to black and the ones in between!  An avocado can weigh as little as 220 grams or up to a gigantic 1400 grams! This nutritious fruit has up to 20 different vitamins and minerals.
Avocados contain potassium. Potassium is essential for the body’s growth and maintenance. It helps keep a normal water balance between the cells and body fluids. Potassium regulates blood pressure, heart rate and nerves. Deficiency in potassium may cause muscular cramps, fatigue, twitching and weakness.
Avocados are high in fibre. An entire fruit can contain up to 10 grams of fibre. Eating fibre in your diet can contribute to weight loss, reduce blood sugar levels and cut cholesterol. There are two types of fibre; soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fiber is known to be able to feed the friendly gut bacteria in the intestine, which are very important for the optimal function of our bodies. On the other hand, insoluble fibre cannot be digested. Its function is to help move other foods through our digestive system more easily, passing through our gut without being broken down.
These delicious fruits also have Vitamin C, Vitamin E an Vitamin K and many other minerals that we need for our digestive system. Vitamin C and E are powerful antioxidants which are great  for our skin and immune system as they help protect us from free radicals. Vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting, and may have benefits for bone health.
Lastly, it's been said that avocados can help to lower cholesterol. As a result, I wrote this short, lovely poem for you.
Eating an avocado a day 
May keep your cholesterol at bay!
Including avocados in your diet could be one of the best decisions you ever make but eat them in moderation please!
There you have it! My three powerful fruits to turbo charge your well-being and get fit skin from within. 

À bientôt!

Radiance and Love,
Wumi x

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