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Four Ways To Citrus Up Your Diet

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Move over seaweed!  There is a new sheriff in town. Yes, for all of you searching your local health food store for the latest superfood; search no more.  While you were out hunting down the latest brand of maca powder and hemp seeds, the hero of all food was sitting in your own backyard.  Ladies and gentlemen, presenting: the citrus fruit.  The citrus fruit, you say?  Well, that’s been around for years. So, it has, but with all the new products out there, maybe it is not getting the attention it deserves.  So let’s take a moment to sing the praises of the citrus.

Most of us most commonly associate citrus fruits with their high concentration of Vitamin C.  In fact, one medium orange contains 100% the recommended amount of vitamin C in the daily diet.  You may know “C” as a powerful antioxidant, but that is just the beginning of the list of  benefits this tangy wonder can  provide! Citrus fruit ensures that the nerve cells in your  eyes function properly, preventing macular degeneration, linalools,(funny word, huh?) found in lemons ,can reduce stress, satsuma mandarins inhibit tumor growth, flavonoids (found in all citrus fruits)  have been proven to lower the chance of stroke by 19%,  boost good cholesterol, and lower the risk of obesity and diabetes.  In fact, (get this!) 70,000 women were divided into two groups and monitored over twelve years.  One group was given apple juice, the other citrus. Guess who lost more weight.  The citrus ladies lost an average of 3 1/2 lbs. per week, while the apple gals lost only1/2!  That’s because citrus burns fat, and contains enzymes that promote digestion and boost metabolism.  How’s that for pretty great?  Here are some ways you can up the citrus content in your diet.

Squeeze Some Lemon in Your Water
This will help eliminate toxins in your body.  Or squeeze them over salad to add flavor instead of salt.

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Put Some Citrus in Your Fruit (or Any) Salad
Toss in some mandarins or tangerines for an Asian tang on Chinese Chicken salad , or just throw in some grapefruit with your berries and apples.  Oh, and a squeeze of lemon on top will also preserve the fruit! It will look so pretty you’ll definitely have to post a picture on Facebook.

Add Some Orange to Your Smoothie!
Citrus fruit juice has the advantage over other fruit by blending well with both red and green smoothies. (It is decidedly neutral!)  Go ahead, cut up a whole orange and blend it right in there for fiber and Vitamin C.

Add Some Lemon or Lime to Your Green Tea
This is a great combo.  Already a powerful antioxidant, green tea with citrus  will actually increase the health benefits by 13X!

Need more reasons to eat citrus? They’re dependable! In season all year around, citrus is great news for people who want to shorten the duration of that nasty winter cold. Also,  they’re one of the most affordable fruit per pound! So let the trendy foods and fads  come and go, experiment or don’t, but remember, when you’re sick and broke, and maybe a few pounds overweight, citrus will always be there for you.

Foods for Flawless Skin

Healthy, beautiful skin does not come solely as a result of the skincare and beauty products you purchase and use daily. What you put into your body is just as, if not more, important than what you put onto your body. A diet rich in the following 10 foods not only provides you with tons of variety when it comes to meals, but it also helps you achieve flawless skin.

salmon

Salmon
When it comes to fish that contain large amounts of essential fatty acids, salmon is king. Salmon contains a rich concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which provide several nourishing benefits to your skin: they reduce your body’s production of inflammatory substances, prevent fine lines and wrinkles and unclog your pores.

Papaya

Papaya
This juicy fruit is an excellent source of skin-important antioxidant vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that adds brightness to your skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots like sun damage or post-acne scars. Another vitamin found in abundance in papaya is vitamin A, which is an essential component to healthy skin turnover.

Sesame seeds.

Black Sesame Seeds
These little black seeds are totally easy to overlook because how much nutrition can they really contain? The answer is a lot. Although they look unassuming, black sesame seeds contain essential fats, oleic acid, amino acids, potassium and fiber, all of which are beneficial for your skin.

Sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a delicious way to add more beta-carotene into your diet. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that is responsible for many vegetables that contain yellow, orange or red pigments and it helps prevent skin damage due to sun exposure.

Peppers.

Peppers
Add a little spice to your diet by increasing your intake of chili peppers. This feisty food contains a good amount of vitamin C in addition to the amazing ingredient capsaicin. Capsaicin helps prevent signs of aging and reduces both inflammation and irritation.

Spinach.

Spinach
Consider this leafy green a skincare superfood and be sure to add plenty to your diet. Unprocessed spinach contains carotenoids, amino acids, potassium, iodine and vitamins A, C, K and B complex. Spinach helps clear your skin while also imparting a healthy glow.

Lemons

Lemons
If you’ve been with us for a while, you know how we advocate for starting your morning with a glass of hot water and the fresh juice from half of a lemon and we do so with good reason. This tip is practiced by beauty experts and models all over the world because lemons are so great at removing old hormones and fat-soluble toxins from your body. Lemon juice emulsifies fats in your body, which keeps your skin hydrated and clear.

Tomatoes.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a natural protection against UVA and UVB rays. Even though lycopene increases your UV protection, you’re still going to want to apply an SPF. Tomatoes are also great for adding life and luster back into the dull skin.

Nuts

Nuts
Nuts are an incredible snack for your skin and your body. Nuts contain high levels of vitamin E which protects your skin from environmental damage. Vitamin E is also helpful at reducing skin irritation and flare-ups, so your skin is not only protected from free radical damage, but it also stays clearer.

Dark chocolate

Dark Chocolate
Flavonols, the type of flavonoid found in dark chocolate, are intense antioxidants that fight damage from free radicals, increases blood flow to your skin and offers a bit of natural UV protection. Before you go stocking up on your favorite candy in dark chocolate versions, the dark chocolate that is beneficial to your skin is dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao content.

Eating your way to flawless skin is easy when you know what foods to add to your grocery list. A balanced diet not only benefits your skin, but your entire body and overall health. Put a few, or all, of these incredible skin foods on your next grocery list to begin your diet for flawless skin.