Thursday, April 11, 2013

Radiant Results

If you’re among those who just completed the 10-Day Daniel Diet, then you’ve most likely seen some amazing outcomes in your health and beyond. You might even call them radiant results—and with good reason.

Most of us know that eating veggies and fruits is a good habit for overall health, but it can also work wonders for your skin, giving it a younger and tanned appearance. Researchers at the University of Bristol studied the effects of carotenoids, or yellow or red antioxidants, in fruits and vegetables such as yellow and red peppers, spinach, tomatoes, carrots and melons and found that they not only support a healthy immune system and fertility, but they also play a significant role in healthier skin.

What’s more is that the scientists found that if you eat enough of those yummy veggie and fruits, then your skin develops a glow that's similar to what you might get at the beach. Their study showed that those who had the most glowing skin also had higher levels of carotenoids. Dr. Ian Stephen, the study’s lead researcher from the University of Bristol, stated, “Most people in the West think that the best way to improve your skin color is to get a suntan. But our research shows that eating lots of fruits and vegetables is actually more effective.”

In fact, it’s the deep-colored veggies and fruits that contain potent antioxidants, including carotenoids, which give skin a healthy glow. No wonder Daniel and his colleagues’ countenances looked 10 times better than all the others!

The truth is that veggies and fruits—as well as many nuts and seeds—are nutrient-packed foods that contain a synergy of nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants that are the building blocks to the production of healthy new skin cells. In fact, new skin cells are generally produced every three to five weeks, but produced at a slower pace as we age. However, if you’re eating the right nutrients, then these cells will be much healthier.

Not only can fruits and vegetables give you a radiant skin tone, but they can also help you look younger.
Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, says that every aging-related issue—from memory loss, to brain functioning and wrinkling skin—stems from two basic processes in the body: inflammation and oxidation. Eating foods with anti-inflammatory properties and that contain antioxidants (such as veggies and fruits) help protect you against both inflammation and oxidation. Bowden agrees that you should get at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables—since their antioxidant content helps the body to fight off free radicals that cause oxidation.

Other skin-healthy foods include lean meats and other proteins, extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, salmon, avocados, high omega-3 eggs, walnuts, blueberries, apples and grapes. You’ll also want to drink enough pure water to keep your skin and your body hydrated.

So, be sure to regularly eat your fruits and veggies and drink plenty of pure water—just like Daniel did. You’re in for some radiant results!