Posts tagged #fruits

Don't love drinking water? Foods that hydrate better than water!

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Even in the dead of winter I've got hydration on my mind, and my mind on hydration.. Too much indoor heat and not enough water can leave skin feeling crepey and tight.  Some foods are actually better at hydrating your body than water, which is great if you find it challenging to drink 8 glasses of plain agua a day.

'To be properly hydrated, you need to replace fluid lost from the body with one that's similar to the body's natural composition,' says Dr Susan Shirreffs, exercise physiologist and hydration expert at Loughborough University.

'Watery fruit and vegetables often contain levels of minerals and sugar that mirror this, so they can hydrate you more effectively than water alone.'

Watermelon is a hydration superstar composed of 92 percent water, eight percent sugar and contains essential rehydration salts calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

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Watermelon is rich in Vitamin C as well as beta carotene and lycopene which will give the body some protection from UV light. A University of Naples study found that plant chemicals lutein and zeaxanthin - found in fruit such as watermelon and papaya - help hydrate twice as much as water.

Because chia seeds absorb thirty times their weight in water, they help regulate body fluid levels and retain electrolytes, both imoprtant for staying saucy. During times of high indoor heat, chia seeds are a tasty way to prolong hydration.

Other hydrating veggie snacks include celery & cucumber.  A crunchy handful of mineral-rich celery sticks replenish levels of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. These salts help carry the 96 per cent water in which they are dissolved around the body--making them ideal for maximum hydration.

Stay juicy.

-Karen Corbin

Posted on December 12, 2017 and filed under Self-care, Healthy Living.

Eat Your Sunscreen: 5 Foods That Help Decrease Photosensitivity

The sky has opened up and the sun has really been shining down upon the Willamette Valley the last couple of months. Quick! Everyone expose as much skin as possible!!!  Eeeasy there buddy, put your shirt back on, lavishly apply a high quality sunscreen, stay in the shade, and wear a hat. Also... enjoy these delicious foods that give your skin a boost from within, decreasing your risk of burning.  

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1. Citrus fruits.

Vitamin C.  Fight free radical damage with a long term diet high in Vitamins C & E.  Lemon zest is like nature's MSG, a powerful flavor enhancer, and oranges are always a juicy treat.

2. Green tea.

Green is the color of health! The polyphenols in green tea help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin and speed the aging process. Green tea is loaded with anti-oxidants. Matcha powdered green tea has 130 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. One cup of matcha = 10 cups of traditionally steeped green tea in terms of nutritional content.  Green tea also has tannic acid in it, which helps soothe sunburn pain, and antioxidants called EGCGs. A University of Wisconsin study showed EGCGs stopped genetic damage in human skin cells exposed to UV light. 

3. Almonds

Almonds are one the best vitamin E foods. One ounce of almonds offers a delightfully handsome  7.4 milligrams of vitamin E. You can also get your vitamin E in the form of almond milk and almond oils. 

4.  Red fruits & veggies

Eating red helps to keep your skin from turning red. (large servings of red wine does NOT count, rascals!)

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  • Beets
  • Cherries
  • Red bell peppers and hot peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Pomegranates

Include more red in your diet and increase Anthocyanin: Contains antioxidants and powerful anti-inflammation properties for blood vessels, joints and whole body. Lycopene: Contains antioxidants and anti-cancer properties- mostly found in tomatoes, especially cooked. Not a fan of tomatoes?  Watermelon is high in lycopene and has 40% more lycopene than tomatoes!

 5. Turmeric

This lively yellow spice has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine  for centuries due to its  antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Lab studies report that turmeric can help protect skin cells from the damage caused by UB radiation.  Turmeric can be simmered with your favorite milk, ginger & cinnamon to make a delicious immune boosting golden milk. 

Enjoy your summer days, eat well friends! 

Karen

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