After a long journey through the dark winter months, spring emerges revealing warm air and signs of new life. Spring represents rejuvenation and a new start, full of life, freshness and happily chirping birds.
The newness of spring provides a perfect opportunity for you to come alive again and regain your own natural radiance.
I have outlined a few of my favorite foods to eat this spring that bring a beautiful glowing radiance to both your inner self and outer appearance.
1. Arugula – Lasting protection from DNA damage
Eating arugula releases phytochemicals that have the ability to reduce inflammation and protect cells from DNA damage. These phytochemicals also reduce redness caused by sun and defend against lasting UV damage. It is high in vitamin K, which supports bone health and reduces dark undereye circles. Though arugula may leave the body as it is digested, the protection and benefits stay in the body for several days after eating it.
Try adding it to your salads or smoothies for some extra skin protection this spring.
2. Asparagus – Antiaging antioxidant
Asparagus are high in folate, a B vitamin that is important for cell repair and DNA synthesis. In addition, they contain a high amount of glutathione, which is one of the most powerful antioxidant defenders against aging. It also protects the mitochondria which increase the energy and oxygen-carrying capacity of our blood. Glutathione levels decrease as we age (starting as early as 30) so it’s important to help replenish them with the necessary food sources.
Purple asparagus, in particular, are full of anthocyanins, (what gives fruits and veggies their red, blue and purple hue) which have antioxidant effects that fight off damaging free radicals.
3. Coconut – Promotes glowing skin
Coconut can be used in all its forms for an abundant variety of beauty practices. (Here you can read how to coconut oil pull for better oral health.) Coconut water, in particular, contains potassium, magnesium, and sodium making it a great way to balance electro-lights and minerals. Electro-light balance is important not only for physical recovery but to aid your heart in the delivery of oxygenated blood throughout the body. You can drink coconut water or freeze it into ice cubes to add to smoothies.
Coconut fights aging as it contains cytokinins, kinetin, and trans-zeatin which all have antithrombotic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-aging effects on the body. Selenium present in coconut also helps prevent skin from aging and promotes skin elasticity.
Coconut oil is great to use in cooking as it can withstand high temperatures without alterations to its structure.
4. Garlic – Fights inflammation
Inflammation is a cause of almost every disease known to man as well as ance and many skin issues and garlic is here to fight it. Garlic contains allicin, an anti-aging phytochemical, that protects an enzyme designed to stop the action of other collagen-destroying enzymes in the body. It boosts circulation and supports the production of that powerful antiaging glutathione we talked about earlier.
Garlic is also beneficial in promoting gut health as it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that support intestinal flora.
5. Green Beans – Promote skin strength and elasticity
Green beans contain a highly absorbable source of silicon, which strengthens connective tissue and keeps the skin, hair, and nails flexible and strong. They are also full of many antiaging phytochemicals like carotenoids and quercetin that provide sun protection, and catechins that defend against free radical damage.
6. Lemon – Skin clearing detox
Lemons are a great additive for every season but taste especially well when enjoying the fresh spring air. They are chocked full of vitamin C which stimulated blood cell production and ids in collagen building. Lemons are rich in bioflavonoids that strengthen blood vessels, aiding in the prevention of varicose veins.
The atomic structure of lemon juice is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach, therefore, lemon juice can trick the liver into producing bile, which helps to regulate digestion. Lemon water in particular benefits the enzyme functions in your body, stimulating the liver and flushing out toxins. This detox helps get rid of unwanted elements in the body so they won’t show up on our skin.
7. Sugar Snap Peas – Prevent skin aging damage
These sweet little pea pods provide a huge source of vitamin C to build collagen and fight off free radicals. They are a great source of iron which helps the body to produce energy and keep hair, skin, and nails strong and beautiful. Vitamin A in sugar snap peas supports healthy vision and promotes healthy cell development all over the body.
8. Radish – Skin nourishing
Radishes are a good source of vitamin C, sulfur and silicon which are essential to nourish healthy supple glowing skin and strong connective tissue, including nails.
They reduce water retention, ease digestion, and clean out stagnation in the body. They also have liver and kidney supporting properties to prevent a build-up of toxins and keep the skin free from impurities.
9. Spinach – Protects against damage to the skin
Spinach boosts levels of vitamin A and glutathione both major anti-aging nutrients. Vitamin A promotes skin cell turnover revealing a glowy complexion, while glutathione defends against DNA and mitochondrial damage. Spinach keeps the eyes and liver healthy and contains compounds that protect against inflammation in the digestive tract.
10. Strawberries – Free radical fighting and anti-inflammatory
Strawberries increase antioxidant capacity in the blood which helps to defend against stress and signs of aging. They are full of collagen building and antiaging phytochemicals, like ellagic acid which aids in blood sugar balance and helps keep cells healthy and youthful. Anti-inflammatory properties prevent signs of permanent damage both internally and externally.
Try these foods this spring and watch your skin blossom into a new glowy beautiful complexion that you deserve!