There has been a lot of talk lately about the problems associated with processed food. We’re now being told that eating whole, unprocessed and even raw foods can help us be healthier, happier, and live longer, but can unprocessed foods make us look better? Well it all stems back to that old saying…you are what you eat. If you eat processed garbage what does that mean for your skin? Scary thought!
While there are many steps to take if you want to look younger, the most important is to work on having healthy beautiful skin. Processed foods can have harmful effects on the skin, so if you want to look younger and healthier, eliminate them from your diet.
When food is cooked and processed, it loses vital nutrients. When you eat processed food, you don’t get the nutrients your body needs to function efficiently. This leaves you less healthy, and it shows in your skin. If your skin cells aren’t properly nourished, they don’t look as good. You’re also more prone to acne and other embarrassing infections.
People who advocate the raw food diet believe that cooking your food is too much processing. Raw foods contain live, active enzymes that help you digest your food more efficiently and improve your body’s functioning and your overall health. And remember, the healthier you are, the healthier your skin will be. Many people who increase their intake of raw food as opposed to cook notice a positive change in their skin. Raw food can help to reduce wrinkles, age spots, eye bags, and even acne, leaving your skin beautiful and radiant.
We all know that when we’re tired, we look worn down, our skin is dull, and we just get a haggard appearance. Having proper digestive enzymes from eating raw, live fruits and vegetables helps speed digestion giving use more energy from our food. When we have more energy, we feel and look less tired.
While I’ve already discussed what food loses through processing, what might be more important to this topic is what is added to food during processing. Most companies aren’t concerned about keeping you healthy; they’re concerned about selling their product. They add chemicals to keep food fresh longer, change its color, change its texture, or even to make you more hungry or thirsty after you eat or drink it. These chemicals can be toxic do your body. They build up in your cells, making them function improperly and be less healthy. Also, if you have acne or other skin ailments, your breakouts may be due to an allergic reaction to these chemicals.
In order to look good, your skin needs to be healthy. This means proper nourishment and fewer toxins. This can be achieved with a healthy diet including fresh, unprocessed foods. So shop around the outer edges of the grocery store where the fresh natural foods are and stay away from the processed stuff…your skin will thank you.
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007