Writer: Roxanne K. Tarapor ~
If you’re one to eat a grape and then tell the next ten people you meet that you’ve had a healthy day, this one’s for you. There’s so much we don’t know about fruits, and so much we ought to remind ourselves in order to eat our fruits correctly and get the most out of nature’s sugary treats.
You’ve probably heard it all before, the tremendous benefits of fruits: prevention of disease, better digestion, better hair and skin, and an overall improvement in health. Why then do most of us still turn away the fruit bowl? If you’re not too concerned with your own body, at least take care of your environment, and realize the amount of products and chemicals manufactured every minute to do just what fruits can do for us without generating toxic waste and increasing our carbon footprint. Fruits are wholesome, beautifully packaged, and 100% biodegradable. How can you argue with that?
First and foremost, eat what is in season (also applies to your veggies). Our environment provides us with everything we need to sustain ourselves and live a healthy life. As individuals, be aware of what your environment is saying to you, and listen to it. For instance, watermelons are summer fruits and also the environment’s way of telling us to drink more water. Other summer fruit include: apricot, blackberry, cherry, fig, grape, guava, lime, mango, papaya and strawberry.
When it comes to juices, make sure that you’re drinking a juice that has been cold pressed. In an electrical juicer, the fruit is broken down too much, wherein most of its nutrients are lost, and you’re left with another sugary drink, and a false sense of being healthy.
Eat your fruit first thing in the morning (only 2 types of fruit at a time) and 20 minutes before breakfast because when you wake up, your stomach is in an alkaline state, which helps to absorb nutrients from the fruit more efficiently. Furthermore, eating a fruit in the morning gives you an instant boost of energy and is also good for digestion because of its fibrous nature.
If you don’t see an improvement in your skin immediately, the remedial qualities of the fruits are probably attending to vital organs in your body that require the nutrition more, so just keep at it and you will see results eventually.
Skin benefits arising from fruit can be classified under the following heads:
For young, glowing skin
Apple, kiwi (also boosts you immune system), banana (for skin elasticity), lemon (bleaches the skin, but that doesn’t define beauty) papaya, peaches (moisturises the skin and regenerates skin tissue), apricots and lychee (both have anti-aging properties) and pomegranate contain vitamins and other nutrients that make your skin appear supple and bright.
As it’s commonly known, when you have poor digestion, your skin pays the price, in the form of pimples. Fruits in general, help with digestion a considerable amount, but here are some fruit that can directly tackle acne formation, whether ingested or applied topically: lemon, plum (high in fiber), pineapples (natural gentle exfoliate), mango (clears skin and unclogs pores), strawberries (contain salicylic acid and protects against UV damage) and oranges (dries out acne). Rather than buying an expensive pimple treatment that contains chemicals, that are not good for you or the environment, switch to these organic and healthy alternatives.
Anti oxidants that reverse free radical damage
When we eat junk food, (we all do) free radicals are let out in our blood stream. Foods that have high anti oxidant properties allow the free radicals to attach on them preventing cellular damage and even cell mutations. Papaya, red grapes and apricots have antioxidant properties and are highly recommended for maintaining good health.