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Guest blogger and
author Amanda Brocket of 
The Raw Food Kitchen busts some myths about raw foods,
and gives us some amazing insider tips on how to get your glow on from the
inside with a raw food diet, and how your skin will thank you for it!

Get Your Glow On
With Raw Foods


We
all know how important organic skincare is for our skin, the old saying if you
can’t eat it then why put it on your skin?

Your
skin is the largest organ of the body, and is permeable so therefore
anything you put on your skin inevitably ends up inside your body.


Similarly, anything you put inside your body, inevitably ends up showing up on
your skin.

Getting
healthy skin is a two pronged approach, what you put on it and what you
consume. Using 
La Mav products topically (I’m a huge fan of La Mav products!) and
to get your glow on from the inside, to get that hydrated, dewy look means
consuming high water content fruits and vegetables, along with superfoods and
fermented foods, which thankfully all make up the basis of a raw food diet.

How Does This Work?

Raw foods that have a high water content are nutritionally
dense but also contain structured water, that is water molecules that are
structured in such a way the body recognizes and can easily get into your cells
to hydrate them and draw toxins out.

Raw
foods that have not been altered by heat (over 44° – 48° degrees celsius) are
super high in minerals enzymes, 
antioxidants, vitamins such as A, C and E,
nutrients that help repair cells and contribute to the glow.

Eating
mainly raw foods allows your body to rest from overwork digesting and allows
your body to easily eliminate free radicals, and free radicals contribute to premature ageing.

Now, let´s see how you can add more raw to your day to start seeing the benefits?

Juicing

Start
by adding a green smoothie or juice into your day, think, superfoods of your
choice (my favourites, are camu camu for vitamin c, maca for energy, hormones
and spirulina for chlorophyll – oxygen for our blood!) and adding minimal low
sugar fruit (we all know how too much sugar can break down collagen) and your
favourite greens.

Juicing
is a great way to get those high water content veges in! Think celery,
cucumber, oranges, limes, lemons, green apples, fresh herbs, watermelon,
pineapple, spinach.
And, don´t forget – always choose organic!

Tip: Make
a plan to juice for a week – take a picture of your skin on Day 1 and take
another photo on Day 7 and compare the difference!

Beetroot,
spinach and oranges together make great blood builders so if you have low iron
levels, think about adding these in every day, as low iron can contribute to
sallow looking skin.

Then
lunch can be a wonderful salad with the rainbow: Shredded beetroot, carrot,
capsicum, corn, rocket, cucumber, bok choy, broccoli, celery, kale,
wheatgrass and other bitter greens, tomatoes.

They
have specific minerals and are nutrient-rich which all add up to beauty!

 

 

Vitamins & Minerals

Eating
raw food makes it easy to get enough of important minerals like silicon, which
also strengthens hair, nails and skin.

We
love nuts on a raw food diet, and with the added extra good fats, great for the
glow, you will be receiving precious zinc which which aids in the restoration
of collagen in the body, and iron, which improves your skin tone by giving you
better circulation.

Consuming
fermented foods as part of your raw food diet (we are huge fans of home made coconut yoghurt and sauerkraut)
means these foods increase the vitamin and mineral content of what you are
eating as well help your body digest and metabolise fats, proteins, carbohydates.
Healthy digestion is important for great skin (think acne) so for acne prone
skin you may want to seriously consider consuming these foods on a daily basis.

To
help your body detoxify and cleanse, consuming an adequate amount of magnesium
and potassium is important too.

Apart
from consuming foods high in 
Vitamin C, think Mangoes, Oranges, kiwifruit, broccoli, leafy greens, papaya,
tomatoes, acai, we love to add in the superfood Camu Camu. Throw into your
smoothie as just 1 teaspoon has 720mg and because it is sourced from a
wholefood, and dried for concentration, the body easily absorbs and utilizes
this for collagen building and immune boosting properties, unlike synthetic
versions which are not easily recognized or absorbed by the body.

Edible seaweeds like nori or arame are loaded
with essential trace minerals, a fundamental element in healthy skin, so try
and add these into your salads or snacks in some way.

Good Fats

Don’t
forget your good fats – they are full of essential fatty acids, called omegas,
which reduce the creation of inflammatory compounds and provide necessary natural oils that your skin (and body and mind) needs. Think coconut oil, hemp
seed oil, nuts, seeds and avocados, not to mention good fats help you manage
stress, and stress can be one of our biggest contributors to 
premature ageing!

So as
you can see, consuming a mainly raw, plant based diet is way more nutritionally
superior than the average standard Australian diet and can really help slow
down or even 
reverse the ageing process.


Are
you ready to get your glow on with raw foods?

 


Why
not try our 28 Day Raw Food Transformation Program, and join thousands of
others to get your glow on! It’s a 4 week, online, guided transformation,
designed to ease you in gently to a raw food diet so you get to experience the
glow for yourself by Week 4! Amazing recipes (and yes, they are easy!) and
weekly meal plans included.


You
can find out more about it 
here. See
you there!


Check
out an Australian first, our very own The Raw Food Kitchen Book, learn about my
story, and get over 80 fabulous raw food recipes! For more details, visit 
this link.

 

Much
raw love,

Amanda
Brocket


Raw
Food Teacher, Chef, Coach and Pug lover J

 

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