5 Healthy Beauty Wonder Foods

by Green Beauty Team on July 15, 2013 | Posted in Answers & Advice, Self Care, Skin Care

beauty-food-must-havesHealth and beauty are easy when we use everything around us to support our insides for maximum healing. Food is a great place to start and here are five super-wonder-beauty foods that will rock your world while making you feel and look great!

1) Turmeric

There is a reason this root is worshiped in India. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and detoxification qualities. It’s a must have for sprains, infections, congested skin and heart health.

TIP: Make this a part of your daily life. Add a pinch of organic powdered turmeric to your smoothies, eggs or any meat/vegetable dish you prepare.

BEWARE: This will stain anything it touches yellow, so be wary when wearing white clothing.

>> >> Read how turmeric can prevent wrinkles and acne

2) Pomegranate

The layered beauty of this fruit and the blood red color alone are a treat for the senses. Its high antioxidant content, cooling properties and effect on both your emotional and physical heart make it a wonder food and great fruit choice for the hot summer months.

TIP: Eat it raw. Add 1/8 organic pomegranate juice to your water bottle. Stew it with some pears. Add it to roasted meat dishes. Add a tablespoon to your smoothies. Juice it and have a pomegranate shot.

3) Coconut Oil

If I could take one food to a deserted island, this might be it! Here are just some of the reasons I love using this incredible oil:

  • healthy fat to use for cooking at high temperatures
  • natural anti-fungal properties
  • smells great
  • hair treatment for dry and brittle ends
  • under-eye treatment
  • facial oil to soothe wrinkles
  • body moisturizer
  • natural sexual lubricant
  • cooling internally and externally
  • lip balm and treatment
  • great in baked goods and homemade chocolate
  • cuticle repair agent
  • foot callous treatment

TIP: Just buy an organic jar of coconut oil and be creative. A little goes a long way!

4) Spearmint

I chose this not only due to its many amazing properties, but also because it’s easy to find. It smells great, soothes nausea, is a digestive aid, cools you down, and freshens breath. Also, for you ladies suffering from hormonal acne, some studies show that spearmint lowers excessive testosterone levels.

TIP: Brew as a hot or cold tea, place in baked goods, use as a garnish, cook with it and add to smoothies.

Summer alert: Peppermint, a close cousin to spearmint, is often used in soap and naturally brings down your body temperature. Plus, it can act as a mosquito repellent.

5) Radicchio

Bitter is best! Want clearer skin and less bloating? This gorgeous vegetable can help add the much needed bitter element to your diet.

TIP: Use the entire outer leaf to make lettuce wraps for your veggie or beef burgers. Roast it in meat dishes, cut it up into your mixed green salad, grill it, sauté it, or cut up fine as a salad on its own with a squeeze of lime and a pinch of sea salt. Or you can just eat it plain!

karuna-sabnani-headshotAbout our guest contributor:

Dr. Karuna Sabnani is a Naturopathic Doctor & Beauty Expert who is based in New York City and is the founder of Karuna Naturopathic Healthcare. She has been in practice for over a decade and works with people both locally and internationally. According to her, the healing power of nature is central to naturopathic and ayurvedic philosophy. Instead of trying to attack specific symptoms of a disease, naturopathic doctors focus on cleansing and strengthening the body to address and prevent both chronic and acute disease. In addition to her general practice, Dr. Sabnani has been the health and beauty advisor to Iman Cosmetics and writes for the Huffington Post. She is also part of Illumé, a unique image consulting and wellness service that re-interprets the concept of personal styling. Knowing beauty is from the inside out, Dr. Sabnani is an expert in weight loss, hair health, digestive issues, energy renewal and skincare. karunanaturopathic.com

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