Detoxing Through Your Food
Your skin is an organ, and your body’s first line of defense against the outside world. Skin goes through a lot on a daily basis and has the scars to prove it!
Environment, diet, physical activity and ever-present stress can all take a toll on your skin, producing chronic skin conditions, such as acne, dark spots and under-eye circles, puffiness, premature aging and more. Although you can’t control many of the factors affecting your skin every day, there are ways to help purge environmental toxins and replenish the nutrients which feed and strengthen your skin.
Eating foods from nature’s rainbow of colors has positive results for your entire body, especially skin. Antioxidants A, C, and E work to prevent inflammation, strengthen your immune system and rid your body of free-radicals, which can cause an overall unhealthy appearance.
Include all of the most colorful fruits and veggies in your detox diet, such as:
- Bell peppers – red, orange and green
- Red grapefruit
- Leafy greens
- Colorful chard
- Red cabbage
- Butternut Squash
Nuts, seeds, poultry and cold-water fish contain selenium, a powerful anti-inflammatory and immune booster. Your skin will glow with good health when you include walnuts, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds in your detox plan.
Fiber found in whole grains, flax meal, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) also helps show toxins the door. Be sure to utilize fiber for its ability to bind the toxins and usher them out of your body.
Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits and other citrus frutis are among nature’s best diuretics, preventing puffiness around eyes and water retention which causes overall bloating.
Water and herbal teas work to keep you hydrated, which helps purge your system of toxins. Stay away from alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks during your detox period. Include some healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocados, eggs, nuts, seed butters and soy. Stay away from processed foods, bottled condiments and sauces during your detox.
Begin incorporating these healthy whole foods into your daily diet in some form or another. Use the following detox plan for a few days or a weekend, to purge your system of toxins that take a toll on your skin.
- Blend kale, spinach, mixed berries, cucumber and a scoop of flax meal, with lemon juice and water, into a smoothie.
- Sip a tea made from burdock, yellow dock root and red clover. These are powerful detoxing herbs and are available at most grocery stores.
- For lunch make a salad packed with many of the colorful fruits and vegetables from the list above. Dress it with olive oil and balsamic or apple cider vinegar. Toss in some walnuts. Pair it with a slice of whole grain bread topped with sunflower seed butter.
- A hot cup of ginger tea with lemon makes for a nice afternoon pick-me-up.
- Dinner can be a stir fry of all of your favorite vegetables, and a lean protein such as tofu, cold-water fish or organic chicken breast. If you must have rice, use organic brown rice. Or, try a rainbow soup made from low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth and a colorful array of vegetables. Add a baked sweet potato, sprinkled with flax meal.
Include Skin Care
We at Elite Serum Rx realize that no detox plan conquers all skin conditions. We know that a gentle and thorough cleansing, followed by treatments with our product can improve the look of the skin around your eye area. We also know that a regular detox plan and overall healthy eating will help maintain your skin’s youthful and healthy glow for years to come.