I scrub, wax, tone, exfoliate, polish, tweeze, cleanse, hydrate, extract, moisturize… Well, you get the point. Beauty regimens and the inevitable aging process are such drags.
But “inevitable aging”? That is so 2011! Anti-aging remedies have been around since the dawn of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Powerful minerals and enzymes, the basis of fresh NutriBlast ingredients, are key elements to radiant skin, healthy hair, and strong nails. That youthful glow? It starts from the inside out.
Top 5 Tips for Building a Beautifying Blast
Raw foods such as leafy greens, vegetables, fruit, and seeds contain live enzymes that allow their nutrients to be easily assimilated into our bodies. Raw foods are plant-based foods that have not been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which these active enzymes are destroyed. Without the antioxidants, enzymes, and minerals abundantly found in raw foods, many ordinary biological processes, including regenerating aging skin cells, cannot take place.
2. Minerals (Calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc)
Calcium, not milk, helps build strong bones. Some foods that naturally do a body good are dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, collard greens, parsley, Swiss chard, etc.), chia seeds, sesame seeds, and almonds. Along with magnesium and vitamin D, these foods help maintain healthy teeth, bones and muscles, the foundation of your physique.
Magnesium-rich foods help with toxin elimination and healthy bowels. When heavy metals and toxins are removed, this allows your body to “breathe” naturally and prevent any outward blemishes or buildup. This mineral also helps relax muscles and calms the body, making it easier to get your beauty rest. Magnesium is found abundantly in avocado, leafy greens, broccoli, pumpkin/sesame/sunflower seeds, and raw cacao.
Potassium’s role in fluid balance helps rid the body of excess bloat retained from too much sodium, which is also a culprit for dry skin. Potassium-rich foods include banana, avocado, Swiss chard, papaya, spinach, dried apricots, and kiwi.
Iron oxygenates the blood to help boost circulation and energize the cells. Great choices for iron-rich NutriBlast ingredients include sesame seeds, spinach, parsley, turmeric, Collard/turnip/mustard greens, and raw cacao.
Zinc rebuilds collagen for smooth skin and reduces the effects of skin damage, including wrinkles. Sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, oats, and pecans will supply this valuable mineral.
3. Antioxidants: Vitamin A, C, E, and selenium
Free radicals, those pesky scavengers that damage DNA are not only responsible for cancer cell mutations, but can accumulate over time and lead to signs of aging. Fortunately antioxidant-rich foods are the foundation of all NutriBlasts. Some of the all-stars include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium.
Just one Brazil nut provides your daily supply of selenium! This mineral can also be found in barley and crimini mushrooms. It encourages thyroid function, which prompts the growth and regrowth of hair and nails.
Vitamin A-rich foods are those with bright orange, red, and sometimes green colors such as sweet potato, kale, carrots, winter squash, cantaloupe, watermelon and tomato.
Citrus foods like oranges, lemon, and grapefruit are excellent sources of vitamin C. Bell peppers, broccoli, kale and collards are also rich in this collagen-boosting vitamin.
The antioxidant, vitamin E, is found in foods rich in healthy fats such as almonds, avocado, and sunflower seeds as well as leafy greens like Swiss chard, spinach, asparagus, collards and broccoli.
4. Best Superboosts
Goji Berries – One of the most antioxidant and nutrient-rich berry-fruits on the planet!
Aloe Vera – Increases the elasticity of our skin, reduces inflammation, and helps bind toxins.
Camu Camu – Known as the “Sun King,” it is the highest source of vitamin C with 30-60 times more than an orange. Camu also contains beta-carotene, the vitamin A precursor, in addition to a wealth of additional phytonutrients.
Raw Cacao – Chocolate in its purist form and also a rich source of minerals. Beautifying minerals magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc are all found in this NutriBlast boost.
5. Fresh is Best
It’s not what you eat; it’s what you absorb. Now that you have all of these wonderful nutrients packed into your NutriBlast and ready to make you young again, don’t let them slip away. To get the most nutrients out of your NutriBlast it is always best to drink it within one hour of making it, otherwise it will be oxidized by the air, heat and light preventing you from receiving the full nutritional benefits. However, NutriBlasts made in the morning can be stored for later that same day or made the night before for the next morning if it is stored properly. Make sure to use the Stay Fresh Resealable Lid and immediately store it in the refrigerator to protect it from elements. Another option is the fill the cup with your ingredients and then blast right before consuming. For best results when storing we recommend drinking it within 24 hours of making your NutriBlast.
Two to Toss
1. Pass on Processed
Processed foods high in sugars create the appropriately named AGEs, advanced-glycation endproducts. Think of the browning effect on a piece of toast as evidence of this process. These AGEs are formed when sugars are cooked, much like in processed foods, thereby forming an inflammatory compound that promotes aging and age-related chronic diseases. In addition, highly processed foods also lack the enzymes that skin, hair, and nail cells need to grow and regenerate. Choose whole, plant-based, raw foods to avoid these youth-zappers.
2. Nix the Nasties
The chemicals in cigarette smoke narrow blood vessels in the top layer of your skin, which limits the blood flow, and thus, the transportation of nutrients to those areas. This causes premature aging and wrinkles. Cigarette smoke also yellows the teeth, and may reduce the body’s overall nutrient absorption.
Another nasty, alcohol, has been shown to both accelerate (premature aging) and exaggerate aging. Not only will it dull your external glow, it also acts as a neurotoxin that may accelerate aging of the brain.
Enjoy these treats for a beautifying snack!
Beauty Bar NutriBlast
- 50% mixture of turnip, collard, and mustard greens
- 3 spears of tender young asparagus
- ½ apple (with seeds removed)
- ½ cup of blueberries
- 10 hazelnuts
- 2 Tablespoons raw cacao powder
Add water to MAX line and extract until smooth.
- ¼ cup goji berries
- ¼ cup almonds
- 2 Tablespoons raw cacao
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
Add ingredients to the short cup and extract until smooth.