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The A – Z Beauty Detox Superfood

Usually, when we think “healthy,”  we don’t think “tasty.”

But that is a total misconception because these superfood I am about to introduce to you are both healthy and tasty!

Who doesn’t want to eat something that promises both beauty AND taste?

Here are A-Z superfood you definitely want to incorporate in your daily diet! 

A-Z Helathy Tasty Superfood

Asparagus, the “anti cancer” food

  • Helps to protect and repair skin
    • Tip: wash your face with water of boiled asparagus to get rid of blemishes!
  • Can lower the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and overall mortality
  • Helps to prevent constipation & helps with digestion

* Add to omelet or scramble |  Sauté with extra virgin olive oil and minced garlic, then season with black pepper and Parmesan cheese | Add to salad, chopped

* Also try: Avocados, Apples, and Artichokes

Broccoli, the best sunscreen

  • Aids in collagen production, protects skin cell membranes, and guards against UV radiation damage
  • Strengthens hair follicles & promotes hair growth
  • Can help relieve puffiness and dark circles

* Also try: Beets, Brussels sprouts, and Bell Peppers

Cabbage (esp. purple or red), the Vitamin C donor

  • Rich in vitamin A, C and E, which means more collagen, which means healthier skin (wrinkle prevention), hair (left shinier and silkier), and nails (no more brittle nails)!
    • A purple cabbage has 6 to 8x more vitamin C than green cabbage and 11% more vitamin C than oranges
    • One cup of purple cabbage is 80% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C!

* Also try: Carrots, Cauliflowers, and Cucumbers

Dates, excellent source of potassium

  • The vitamin A in dates help improve vision
  • Help protect from oral cavity, lung and pancreatic cancers
  • Strengthen bones
  • Help to regulate heart rate and blood pressure

* Also try: Dill & Dandelion roots

Eggplants, the potent free radical scavenger

  • Promote a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight
  • Help eliminate cholesterol
  • Can decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, various cancers, and overall mortality

* Sauté (or bread and bake) thick slices of eggplant and add to pasta (+ top with Parmesan cheese) | Use as replacement for pizza crust | Make eggplant water (for weight loss)

*Also try: Edamame

Fennel, the energy booster

  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • High in fiber but low in calories

*Add to pasta or salad | Coat in egg and bread crumbs, then fry to a crisp golden-brown (it will look like waffle fries!)

* Also try: Flaxseeds

Grapefruit, the powerful cleanser

  • Contains Vitamin C, which helps to repair skin and reduce the look of cellulite
  • One of the most hydrating fruits in the world (made up of 91% water), just below watermelon

* Eat in the morning on empty stomach for best results!

* Also try: Guava, Green tea, and Ginger water

Hemp (seeds), the nutritious and nutty booster

  • Contain Omega-6, which stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and help the brain function
  • Also contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are particularly beneficial to the brain, skin, joints and heart

* Add to cereal, salad, soup, yogurt, bread, and even ice cream | Blend into your favorite smoothies

Inca Berries, the “goji berries” of South America

  • Boost our immune system, offer protection from viruses and bacteria, heal wounds, and reduce cholesterol
  • The B Vitamins in Inca Berries promote healthy eyesight, growth, appetite and taste
  • Also promote healthy growth of skin, nails and hair

* Add to homemade trail mix | Add to raw cakes, biscuits and chocolate

Jalapeño Peppers, the natural decongestant

  • Support skin and eye health
  • Promote healthy red blood cells, strong bone development and nervous system function
  • May provide pain relief for migraine headaches
  • Help with nasal decongestion

Kiwi, the repairer

  • Promotes healthy & glowing skin
  • Prevents sun damage
  • Fights hair loss & maintains hair health
  • May help prevent the development of diseases caused by oxidative stress such as heart failure, cancer, and Parkinson’s

*Add to oatmeal | Serve with ice cream, yogurt, or custard

* Also try: Kale & Kelp (type of seaweed)

Lemon, the strengthening agent

  • Aids with digestion
  • Helps to clear up acne, fight wrinkles and rejuvenate skin from within
  • Helps to bring a radiant glow to complexion

* Sip warm lemon water in the morning (add honey for flavor) | Use as a seasoning for seafood and salad

* Also try: Lentils, Lemongrass (in tea), and Legumes

Mangoes, the “King of Fruit”

  • Help unclog pores (when applied to face)
  • Help promote good eye sight and fight dry eyes
    • One cup of sliced mangoes = 25% intake of your daily need of vitamin A!
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Great natural solution for people suffering from anemia

Nuts, the crunchy power foods

  • Almonds help lower blood pressure and body fat and reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Walnuts can boost your mood and help you de-stress
  • Pecans help eliminate toxins and waste

Oatmeal, the breakfast champion

  • Boosts energy and heart health
  • Helps to relieve itch and irritation
  • Lowers risk of colon cancer and diabetes

Pomegranate, a woman’s best friend

  • Help to slow skin aging
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease, allergies, cancer, and diabetes

* Add to salad or cereal | Eat it frozen!

* Also try: Pineapples, Peaches, and Pumpkins (or pumpkin seeds)

Quinoa, the amino acid donor

    • Naturally gluten-free
    • Rejuvenates skin from within & reduces brown spots and pigmentation
    • Protects hair follicles and treats dandruff

* Try the Quinoa apple pie!

Radish, the natural cleansing agent

  • Helps soothe sore throats and clear the sinuses
  • Aids digestion by eliminating stagnant food and toxins
  • Can help relieve bloating and indigestion

* Try Roasted Red Radishes!

Seaweeds, the Vitamin K-ing

  • Contain the broadest range of minerals found in any food (10 to 20x more minerals than in vegetables)
  • Purify blood & offer protection from environmental toxins including heavy metals, pollutants and radiation by-products

* Add chopped dulse to salads, sandwiches, rice or quinoa bowls | Add wakame to miso soups | Try seaweed masks!

* Also try: Spinach, Sesame seeds, and Salmon

Tomatoes, the secret to baby skin

  • Help counter discoloration of skin, treat acne, shrink open pores and regulate secretion of sebum in oily skin
  • Add shine to dull and damaged hair
  • Delay aging and wrinkling
  • Help relieve stress
  • Help control asthma

* Drink in the morning, instead of coffee | Apply tomato juice to hair and scalp instead of conditioner to get rid of dandruff

* Also try: Turmeric (spice) & Tea

Ugli Fruit (Tangelo), the prettifier

  • One fruit contains about 140% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C
  • Contains 0 grams of fat and no cholesterol!
  • Promotes good oral health (yay Vitamin B!)

* Blend into a smoothie | Add to fruit salad

Veggies– duh!

Watercress, the face lifter

  • Helps to cleanse and oxygenate tissues for better blood flow (circulation)
  • Soothes and cools the skin
  • Prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth
  • Strengthens immune system, bones, and teeth

*Also try: Walnuts, Wheatgrass, and Wild Salmon

Xigua (=Watermelon), the natural toner

  • Hydrates your body, resulting in radiant skin
  • Improves circulation
  • May help prevent breast, lung, prostate, endometrium, and colon cancers, as well as heart disease

Yam, the energy sustainers

  •  Heals skin diseases and cures respiratory problems
  • Supports female endocrine system
  • Aids digestion and improves blood flow
  • Promotes hair growth and hydrates scalp
  • Prevents premature hair greying

Zucchini, the summer squash

  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Help remove the swelling around eye area (say bye to puffy eyes!)

* Add 1 cup of grated raw zucchini into the batter when baking | Add to salad, raw | Stir fry, saute or make zucchini chips

Now that you’ve read about the health and beauty benefits of these superfoods, which one will you try first?