Healthy Foods and Beauty

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Fabulous Foods to Feed Your Body Inside and Out
We all know the benefits of eating healthy: vitamins, minerals, antioxidants all help us make the most of the nutritional value in the foods we eat and have health-boosting benefits in our bodyís regenerative processes. However, there are some of those foods we love that have beneficial properties for the outside of our bodies as well. Letís take a look at these Fabulous Foods and just what they can do for us:
{Note: you should remember that if youíre allergic to certain foods when eaten, you can still be sensitive to them being used as a topical preparation. If you have never had these foods before, you should do a patch test on your skin (applying a small amount onto the skin) and wait at least 24 hours to be sure there is not an adverse reaction to the foods before applying the preparation to large areas of the face or body.}
Olive Oil - Inside
This Mediterranean staple is renowned for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help combat the cell damage caused by free radicals in the body and reduce inflammation caused by conditions like arthritis and other rheumatoid conditions.
Enjoy it simply: drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil into a shallow bowl and use it as a dip for freshly-baked whole grain bread. You can zest it up with some herbs if you wish for a tasty, satisfying and healthy snack.
Olive Oil - Outside
As good as olive oil is for your insides, itís almost better for your outsides. Ancient Romans and Greeks used olive oil for massages and to soften their skin and hair. It is an excellent emollient and hydrates the skin wonderfully.
Smooth Your Skin: Use it as body oil; dab a small amount to the lips as a glossing agent and to protect against chapping. You can also apply it to troublesome areas on the body Ė such as elbows and knees to fight dry, rough patches in the skin. Finally, a hot olive oil treatment a couple of times a month will help your hair stay shiny and supple and protect against all the stresses your usual styling routine brings.
Pumpkin Ė Inside
That quintessential fall favorite Ė pumpkin Ė gets its color from carotenoids which help to neutralize free radicals in the skin that speed up the aging process. Itís loaded with vitamins (A, C, and E) as well. The seeds of the pumpkin can be toasted for a tasty, nutty snack thatís full of fiber.
Take two cups of cooked, canned pumpkin and combine it with 4 tablespoons low-fat yogurt, 4 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of low-fat cream cheese and Ĺ teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and either warm it or serve it chilled for a sweet, rich pudding treat.
Pumpkin Ė Outside
In addition to its skin-salvaging benefits on the inside, pumpkin also contains enzymes which help to cleanse the skin and break down and remove dead cells, softening the skinís surface texture.
Use it as a Face Mask: To use on the outside, simply leave out the cream cheese, vanilla and pie spice from the recipe above and use it as a facial mask. Apply the mixture, leave it in place for 10 minutes, then rinse completely. The pumpkin and yogurt have enzymatic properties that will soften the skin and help remove dead skin cells, while the honey and pumpkin are excellent hydrators. The honey is also an antiseptic and will nourish the skin.
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