Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Eat, Drink and Be Beautiful!!

We've all heard that beauty is more than skin deep!  We know beauty is more than make up, hair style or our clothes.  Beauty reflects from what we put into our bodies.  For spiritual beauty, we must take in God's Word and live it out.  Reading, praying and practicing righteous living produces the fruit of the Spirit.  Love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, self-control, etc. give inner, radiant beauty that attracts others to the Lord. 

But in the physical, what we eat, greatly affects how we look!  Here are a few superfoods that nourish our bodies and bring a natural glow and radiance to our skin.

Olive Oil:  Olive oil has a high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidative substances. Studies have shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease. Because it is less processed, Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin E.

Green Tea:  Drinking green tea lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and improves good (HDL) cholesterol.

Garlic:  Garlic (especially aged garlic ) has a powerful antioxidant effect. Antioxidants are known to protect the body against damaging "free radicals".

Oats:  Oats have the highest soluble fiber than all other grains. Some of the benefit includes lowering cholesterol and helps sooth the digestive process.

Butternut Squash:  Butternut Squash is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Vitamins A and C are powerful antioxidants that remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are chemicals that damages cells.

Broccoli:  Broccoli is packed with vitamin C, vitamin A , calcium, and fiber. Also, broccoli is a great substitute for people who do not drink milk. It may not have as much calcium as milk, but it's better to receive small amounts of calcium than no calcium at all.

Brown Rice:  White rice is nutritionally weak because it has been processed and refined. When the grain is refined, you lose the fiber, magnesium, vitamins E, vitamin B-6, copper and zinc that are in the whole grain.

Oranges:  A delicious way to get your daily dose of Vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. Vitamin C helps your immune system!

Blueberries:  Yummy and rich in Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.

Spinach:  Spinach is packed with vitamins A, C, and K, potassium, magnesium, iron, and many more goodness for your health.

These are foods easy to incorporate into our meals and be able to reap the benefits of greater health and beauty! 


1 comment:

  1. Good stuff! I love a a spinach salad and getting oats in my diet is as easy as eating cheerios for breakfast. A handful of walnuts or almonds every day helps lower cholesterol,too. I eat the walnuts on my cheerios...crunchy and good!


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