Avocados are a great food for your skin, because they contain a lot of oils that are beneficial to your body. But there is a caution with avocados because they also are histamine-producing foods. And so if you have a condition of hives or severe itching that’s allergic, it may be best to cut back on the avocados and avoid them. So it’s imoprtant to know that when you’re choosing your foods. I think it’s always important to know that there are foods in general, but specifically for you there may be differences. So we have a wonderful food here in avocados, but it may not be good if your skin condition involves a lot of histamine release.
Cucumber is very cooling, so from the Ayruvedic standpoint, it’s wonderful for people who have a lot of heat, for the what we call the “pitta” types. And it can be used both topically as a preparation for people who have a lot of heat, or it can be eaten in salads. So it’s a wonderful thing to eat in the summer when it’s hot.
Grapefruit can be an excellent food for the skin. Vitamin C is present in the fruit. And in the pulp, the white part inside the skin, there are bioflavonoids that protect against oxidative damage, which is occurring all the time, because when we detoxify with our liver, we produce free radicals, when we use muscles for activity, we produce free radicals. So we’re producing free radicals all the time. So it’s important to have a diet that helps support our ability to deal with free radical damage. And grapefruit is a good food for that.
However, a caution with grapefruit is that it affects some of our metabolic enzymes, especially in the liver, that break down different foods, and can slow those down. So, there are dozens of commonly used drugs whose metabolism is slowed down if you use grapefruit. Usually your doctor will warn you if you’re on such a drug, but it’s important to look up, because that could cause the drug levels to elevate because you don’t break the drug down as rapidly as you want, and that could cause some trouble. those are especially drugs that are broken down by the enzyme P450-3A4. So be sure to check if you’re taking any kind of medications and you want to eat grapefruit regularly.
Kale is a dark leafy green vegetable that has a lot of valuable properties to it. It is a very rich in antioxidants like lutein, so that it is protective for the skin and for the eyes. So it’s a very important plant to eat, especially when there’s a lot of exposure to the sun.
Herbs like cilantro can be very beneficial. They have a capability of binding out toxic metals like mercury and can help remove those from the body. The caution is that if you are very very sensitive to these metals, they move them out of privileged spaces and float them in your blood and possibly if you have enough damage to your blood-brain barrier, into your brain as well. So you need to know where you are in terms of your toxicity and your body load and your blood-brain barrier to know how to use these herbs for your benefit and make sure that they don’t cause problems.
Another great food for your natural skincare diet!
Asparagus is another great food to eat when you’re looking to care for your skin naturally. Those spears of asparagus help your body in many different ways. They contain an amino acid called asparagine, which you probably have noticed, has an distinctive… smell. And if you have the right genetic capability, you will also excrete that in your urine and be able to smell it! It’s a very valuable food to eat, and it should be enjoyed when it’s in season, as fresh as possible.
Yellow and orange vegetables like squash, carrots, or even fruits, like cantaloupe, or orange and red peppers have antioxidant capabilities that protect your body. The family of antioxidants in those foods are called carotenoids. Now, I know there’s been some bad press about beta carotene. But that was an isolated compound. Plants don’t have pure beta carotene. They have a whole variety of caratonoids in them, and if you eat a wide variety of foods, you get an even wider variety of caratonoids, and that network of caratonoids is what the plant is using to protect itself from oxidative damage (which causes aging), so doesn’t it make sense to use not just the most active ingredient, but also the whole broad spectrum that’s present in those plants? So eating those things has a wonderful protective activity in your body, and of course they protect your skin.
Now, a caution, if you eat too much of these, like you’re juicing them every day in large quantities, you may find that you get a slight yellow tint to your skin! That’s not necessarily harmful, but a lot of people find it somewhat objectionable to start turning yellow or orange on the palms and other parts of your skin. So, within reason, these are very important plants to add to your diet.
Let’s talk about some great foods for your skin! One of the best foods for your skin, if you are not a vegetarian, is northern fish. Fish that comes from cold water and grows in cold water and basically is living off the food chain that starts with the krill in the cold water. These fish contain a number of beneficial things, one of which is Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids, and they will help the membranes of your body both be healthy and be less inflammatory.
Green tea has antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory activity–and anti-tumor activity. So, drinking green tea can help protect you against a lot of the environmental damage that’s occurring from a number of different sources.
Green tea has less mold in its production than black tea, so it seems to be more beneficial in that way, and various compounds isolated from green tea have been tested for decades and shown to have anti-cancer activity in the test tube. Those products include something called EGCG, and a number of other related compounds. So I recommend that green tea become a regular part of your diet if you’re not sensitive to the small amount of caffeine in it.