I have been researching a lot about maintaing a plant based diet and the benefits - out of total curiosity. I don’t jump into anything but love the research that goes with it and learning about something I am passionate about.
Along my “whole food” research I came across some pretty crazy ways to use everyday super foods that made me think…”whole-y cow” - such a bad joke. But honestly, below are some ways our everyday power foods kick ass in more ways than one:
- Compared to fruits like apples, oranges or bananas, strawberries have the highest amount of nutrients.
- The anthocyanins can boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks
- Lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body
- Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health.
- Skin Toner
Strawberry can be used as a skin toner. Grind the strawberries to extract the juice. Mix two teaspoons of strawberry juice with 1/4 cup of rose water and refrigerate it. You can apply it instead of your regular skin toner and can be stored up to 10 days.
- Skin Cleanser
Strawberry has great cleansing properties. Salicylic acid removes dead cells from the face while tightening the pores. Ellagic acid being an antioxidant combats skin damage to maintain its youth and freshness.
- Hair Moisturizer
Strawberry protects the cell membranes of the scalp due to its potent antioxidant effects. Applying a mixture of mashed strawberries and egg yolk on your scalp is a great way to moisturize your hair.
Strawberry contains ellagic acid which, when applied topically protects the skin against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
- Under Eye Puffiness
Being astringent in nature strawberries can reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes. For this purpose, cut a strawberry into thin slices. Lying in a cool place, put the strawberry slices under your eyes and relax for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Packed with essential nutrients like potassium and vitamin B
- Well earned reputation for keeping hair and skin looking young, beautiful, and soft
- Healthiest food on the planet because they contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients
- Avocados also contain fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals
- Fats in avocados can reverse insulin resistance which help to regulate blood sugar levels
- Cleanses intestine which is the best natural mouth wash and bad breath remedy
- Eye therapy
Yes, avocados can rid you of your eye circles & puffiness. Simply the ago into slices, lie down and place a few slices under each eye. After about 20 minutes you’ll be good to go!
- Hair mask
An avocado hair mask does the trick. In a mixing bowl, combine one ripe avocado with 1tbsp coconut oil and 1/4 cup melted shea butter (or just use 1/4 cup coconut oil) . Apply to roots and ends, leave in for 30 minutes, and rinse out.
- Exfoliating Mask
Mix together one avocado, one egg white, two tablespoons of oatmeal, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply liberally to face, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
- The Perfect Sauce
Combine 1 avocado, juice of 2 limes, 1/4 of a red onion, 1 clove garlic, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper in a blender and voila - top toast, salad, chicken or fish.
- Baby food
New baby in your life? Avocado is a great transitional food for babies at least 4 months old. Not only will your baby love the smooth, velvety texture and the mild flavor, but avocados are also loaded with healthy unsaturated fat.
- Extremely high in vitamin C and vitamin A
- Good source of dietary fiber - good for the colon!
- Vitamin C shows remarkable reduction in inflammation
- Of all fruit juices, grapefruit juice is ranked among the highest in antioxidants
- Protects the skin from UV rays.
- Half of a fresh grapefruit eaten before meals is associated with significant weight loss
- Grapefruit is a natural antibacterial
- Scent your home
Pour a cup of fresh grapefruit juice and a half of a cup of water into a small saucepan and simmer it on the stove. Your whole home will smell amazing
- Scent your laundry
Mix fresh grapefruit juice with distilled water in a spray bottle and mist your towels, linens, curtains, and clothes. The water will evaporate as it dries leaving a sweet grapefruit scent.
- Keep Animals out of your Garden
Cats in particular hate citrus scents, so placing a small mesh bag filled with grapefruit and orange rinds around your outdoor plants or along your fence line will discourage neighborhood animals from coming into your garden.
- Exfoliate Your Skin
Mix some 1/4 cup granulated, 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice with a little grapeseed or olive oil and use in the shower on your whole body, especially your feet. The grapefruit juice will tone and tighten your skin and the sugar will gently exfoliate.
- Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc
- Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins
- Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day
- Anti-inflammatory properties help reduce skin puffiness.
- Silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth
- Home Care
Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up.
- Relieves Bad Breath
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
- Hangover Cure
To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.
- Getting Rid of Bugs
Place a few slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
- Cellulite Diminishing
Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
- Cinnamon has demonstrated an ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections
- Added to foods, the spice inhibits spoilage with its anti-bacterial properties
- Cinnamon has anti clotting properties
- Has a high content of easily absorbed manganese, calcium, iron, and fiber
- Hldest form of medicine still existing throughout the world
- Honey is clinically proven for healing diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome
- Should use raw bee products of all types for longevity
- For a Cold Remedy
Take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for three days to cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.
Apply three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water for two weeks to remove pimples from the root.
- Lack of Sleep
Sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon increases the vitality of the body within a week.
- Feeling a Little Gassy?
According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
- Bad Breathe
Gargling with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning will keep the breath fresh all day.
Pretty neat right? Try incorporating more healthful ingredients into all of your day-to-day activities. We consume so many bad things, consuming the right things are in our control. Maybe make an effort to try ONE thing from above live a more healthful lifestyle.
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