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Eating raw food can give you gorgeous skin! Here’s a list of ten items you absolutely need in your pantry right now:
Walnuts are a bona fide superfood. When consumed whole, including the skin, the provide a nutritional punch. They contain a special form of Vitamin E in the form of gamma-tocopherol. (Most Vitamin E is found in the form of alpha-tocopherol.) They also have anti-inflammatory benefits, help fight off free radicals that may lead to breast cancer, are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and are even linked with mood stabilizing benefits. Buy them in bulk from your local healthfood store.
There are so many essential benefits of Vitamin C. Eating oranges, clementines, and other citrus fruits will help to even out and even brighten skin tone. Vitamin C helps to keep your immune system strong and when your immune system is strong, your skin tends to looks better.
Kale is loaded with iron and antioxidants like carotenoids. Puree it into a juice or snack on a kale salad to enjoy the detoxifying, anti-inflammatory benefits.
Packed with vitamins (like A and K), this staple vegetable will help you get enough essential nutrients, balancing the skin.
There are so many upsides to eating these delicious berries. Packed with antioxidants, blueberries also have anti-bacterial properties. In fact, you can consume them orally or use them as a mask (just mix fresh, crushed blueberries with soft, coconut sugar for a gentle scrub).
Sun protection is an essential element of skincare. Protect your skin naturally (while still using sunscreen, of course) by eating an apple a day. Not only does it “keep the doctor at bay,” the polyphenols in apples act as a natural sunscreen.
Rich in lycopene, raw tomatoes also help prevent and heal sun damage.
Rich in good fats that help maintain luminous skin, a handful of almonds makes a delicious, high protein snack.
The high doses of beta-carotene in carrots provide you with lots of antioxidants that improve cell turnover and heal damaged cells. This slows aging in your skin cells. Furthermore, the Vitamin A in carrots helps ward off sun damage and moisturize skin. (A dry complexion and Vitamin-A deficient diet can speed up the aging process and contribute to premature wrinkling.)
Okay, so it’s not technically a “raw food.” However, making healthy choices should also apply to your drinking habits. Consuming hot water with a slice of lemon in the morning with help metabolic functioning throughout the day and give your body a boost. Drinking enough water combats skin disorders like psoriasis, wrinkles and eczema. It also increases the metabolic rate and improves digestive system to flush out toxins from the body. This in turn gives you a healthy and glowing skin.
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~Cassie Brewer is a Gracious Living Lifestyle fan and wellness journalist based in Southern California who loves teaching people about beauty and how to radiate from the inside out. Twitter: @cassiembrewer Blog: http://cassiembrewer.