Juice to make your skin look better
: One of the main benefits of juicing is that you will notice an improvement in skin conditions from acne, inflammation, psoriasis and even signs of aging. Our skin is exposed to toxins all day long called free radicals such as sunlight, smoke and pollution. These free radicals will destroy the fibers that support your skin structure called collagen and elastin causing wrinkles and premature aging. Juicing can help to reverse the effects of those toxins through antioxidants and micronutrients that will help to keep your skin looking vibrantly healthy.
Lets look at the vitamins and trace minerals available from juicing that will improve your health and the appearance of your skin to give you that healthy glow!
Selenium prevents and protects your skin from sun damage. Brazil nuts are the most highly concentrated source of selenium. In fact, scientists have shown that a daily Brazil nut is a better source of the mineral than taking a supplement. I will show you how to make Brazil nut milk in another video. 🙂
Silica strengthens your body’s connective tissue. The number one ingredient known for juicing for healthy skin are cucumbers because of their silica content. But did you know that green beans, celery, asparagus and rhubarb also contain silica?
Zinc controls the production of oil in your skin and may help control some of the hormones that create acne. Ginger is a juicing favourite and a source of zinc for your skin tonic.
Essential fatty acids or omega acids help to moisturize and maintain your skin’s flexibility. Without enough essential fatty acids your skin produces an oil called sebum which dries your skin and clogs your pores creating acne and inflammation. Leafy green vegetables are rich in ALA, one form of omega-3 fatty acids and are a powerful anti-oxidant. Kale, brussel sprouts, mint, parsley, spinach and watercress are examples of fresh produce for juicing with omega-3 ALA’s. But, did you know that cauliflower also contains omega-3 fatty acids?
Vitamin C will help you fight free radical damage caused by sunlight, smoke and pollution. Getting vitamin C in your juice is easy because it is in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables from citrus fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and leafy greens.
Vitamin E will help to reduce sun damage, wrinkles and uneven textures caused by sun damage. Your leafy greens can come to the rescue again for Vitamin E in your juicer. Mustard greens, swiss chard, spinach, kale, collards, and broccoli all contain vitamin E.
Vitamin B complex and especially Biotin is a nutrient that forms the basis for skin cells. Without enough biotin you can have itchy scaly skin. Swiss Chard, carrots, cucumbers and cauliflower all contain biotin.
Vitamin A maintains and repairs skin tissue. Vitamin A is prevalent in many fruits and vegetables including sweet potato, carrots, beetroot, broccoli, spinach, kale, peaches, apples and lemons.
Glowing from the Inside Out Juice
1/2 cucumber (silica, vitamin b)
1 cup cauliflower (omega 3 fatty acids)
1/2 lemon (vitamin C)
stalk of broccoli (vitamin e)
2 carrots (vitamin b)
1 apple (vitamin A & C)
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