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There are lots of fruits and vegetables that have external uses on your body, like lemon juice as a toner, cucumber slices on puffy eyes, or an avocado face mask. But what about eating these foods? Can you impact the way you look by eating them too? I would say yes! I recently read an article about a grandmother in the USA whose modeling career is at an all time high. Obviously she had to be genetically blessed to begin with, but she quoted in her beauty regime to eating a whole avocado every single day. So it got me thinking about other foods that can help make you look better. Here are some of my favourites:
Cucumber. I don’t go a day without having a juice with at least 2 cucumbers in it. Cucumber is an excellent source of silica which helps to strengthen connective tissue, like hair, skin, nails, tendons, etc. If your diet is lacking in silica, it can result in slackening of the skin and your body not able to heal wounds as quickly. But if you are getting lots of it, then your skin, nails and hair will all get the benefits!
Avocado. This fruit is incredible useful for maintaining healthy young looking skin. Avocados contain an antioxidant called carotenoids, which high amounts of can be helpful to improve skin density, thickness and tone, which could be why lots of avocado will help to protect your skin against environmental damage. Avo’s also have high levels of moisturizing monounsaturated fatty acids which help to maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin. This helps your skin feel soft and hydrated.
Pineapple. You probably would have noticed the rise of Vitamin C serums as a topical anti ageing soluition. Vitamin C is a great way to boost collagen production, which is the firmness we all have as teenagers, but start to lose as we age. You can also get the benefits from eating Vitamin C. I like it in pineapple juice, but you can get it from any Vitamin C rich foods like dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, berries, citrus and tomatoes.
Almonds. These little pocket rockets contain lots of Vitamin E which is essential for great skin. Vitamin E helps the ski to retain natural moisture and it is also a powerful protector against nasty free radicals. The sun can destroy your skins natural reserves of Vitamin E, so having extra reserves can help to protect your skin again sun damage
Does the cold wet weather mean you start to notice the new gourmet pasta and rice billboards? I am sure there is a method behind them advertising right about now when the weather starts to turn. While there might be a primitive explanation that our bodies are stockpiling for usual cold winter with little food availability, it can also be explained by some basic body functions.
In winter the days are shorted, and a normal adult will spend less time in the sunlight with darkness on the commute into work and ditto on the commute home. This means your body is getting less sunshine and sunshine triggers the production of serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is in charge of boosting your mood. When the light goes at night time, the serotonin converts to melatonin, which makes us sleepy, and then when the sun comes back up, it goes back to serotonin and we go about our days like happy little workers!
So weren’t we talking about carbs? Yes! Carbs come into this little story because consuming carbs boosts the availability of an amino acid Tryptophan, which is what your body converts in serotonin and vitamin B6. The problem is that you are probably not eating Tryptophan rich foods like green leafy vegetables, seafood and green vegetables.
Eating carbs can provide the short term mood lift that your mind is looking for, but is only short term. During these phases you are probably not thinking a big serve of broccoli will cure your hankering for a ham and cheese toasted sandwich.
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You've cleansed with us, you are felling al' bran' new and loving your new lust for life, but you miss the clean feeling you got from drinking lovely fresh raw juice each day. Or you developed quite an addiction to our green smoothies and can't image a day without one...
Either way, we now have Juice Packs available to buy online. The Juice Packs contain 4 x 600ml juices, and are available in the follow ing packs:
Greens Juice Pack - This pack has only green smoothies. Cleansing, invigorating, energising so you can get your green on at home. The pack has 4 of our delicious green smoothies - 2x Leap Frogs and 2x Alkalisers - Check it out here!
Mostly Veg Pack - This pack is mostly vegetable, but does have some apple and kiwi fruit. This pack is suitable for someone who wants a few different juices, but would also like to minimise their fruit sugar intake. This pack has a Leap Frog, a Vego Mego, a Green Salad, and an Alkaliser - Check it out here!
Fruit & Veg Pack - This pack has a nice balanced mix of fruits and vegetables, so the juices are delicious and cleansing. This pack contains a Leap Frog, a Pine Grapple, a Pink Sherbert and a Beet Froot Tingle. Check it out here!
Introducing a special Spring Cleanse this year!
Green Juice+Food+Green Food = Green+Food Cleanse
Combining our fave green juices, green protein and our super delicious salads, this green juice plus food cleanse is deliciously colourful Spring time cleanse that inspires images of lounging in soft green grass, butterflies and bunny rabbits hopping through fluffy ferns.
You will receive the following each day:
2 xLeap Frog (apple, cucumber, spinach, parsley and kiwi)
1x Water Frog (kiwi, watermelon, orange, spinach, parsley)
1x The Alkaliser (celery, lemon, kiwi, cucumber, parsley and spinach)
1x Sachet of Shatki Superfood – a 100% natural complete green protein powder (read more about it here: http://www.theholisticchef.com.au/shaktis-superfood-blend/)
1x salad of the day
You can chose to a 3 or 5 day Green+Food Cleanse, for 3 days the price is $225 plus delivery, and for 5 days the price is $310 plus delivery.
Available from September 24th 2012.