I’m not a fan of fad diets. Cambridge, Atkins, 50/20/30… They all just seem pointless and likely to make you put back on all the weight (and possibly even more) once you start eating normally again. Why would you bother? It’s unhealthy, and unsustainable. I’m not the healthiest eater in the world. If you placed a salad in front of me or a pesto pasta, I’m definitely going to go for the pasta (plus maybe a little bit of the side salad). I also hardly ever manage to eat my 5 a day, and would count Skittles as a fruit portion if I could get away with it. I am however very good at drinking. And no, not just of the alcoholic variety… Although if there’s an Aperol Spritz on the go, I’m never going to turn my nose up. In this instance, I’m talking more of H20. I love water. I’m really good at making sure I stay hydrated, it’s almost a gift. Jokes. I suffer quite badly with headaches, and I know I’ll be struck with an almighty migraine if I don’t get my 8 glasses at day. However, consuming glass after glass can become a bit tedious even for me, which is why I decided to try juicing.
“I hardly ever manage to eat my 5 a day, and would count Skittles as a fruit portion if I could get away with it”
Juicing can have a bit of a bad rep, but I’m under the impression it’s because people don’t really understand its purpose. Juicing is never meant as a meal replacement. It’s meant to add to your already balanced (ish, if you’re like me) diet. To help you cram in that extra portion or two of fruit and veg if you’re struggling. I’m sure we’d all love to be broccoli queens, snacking on midget trees instead of fruit pastilles, but sometimes they just don’t go down quite as easily. Queue a juice. Much easier to stomach for salad dodgers, and they actually taste pretty good. Not only that, but pick your ingredients correctly and you can throw in multiple added health benefits. What if I told you that there are certain fruits that can help you achieve beautiful glowing skin, whilst keeping the doctor at bay? And even better, you won’t have to travel to Ghana to handpick them. You probably already have them sitting in your fruit bowl in the kitchen. Wanna know what they are?
“I’m sure we’d all love to be broccoli queens, snacking on midget trees instead of fruit pastilles, but sometimes they don’t go down quite as easily”
Ah, the trusty apple. Who doesn’t have apples in the kitchen? Probably one of the most popular household fruits, and they’re stuffed full of skin boosting nutrients. Apples contain malic acid, which helps to promote firm, youthful skin. The vitamin C also found inside apples helps you produce collagen – a protein found in the skin that helps to maintain your skin’s waterproof barrier. Finally, apples produce copper which helps to provide melanin. Melanin is natural sun protection for your skin, shielding it from ultraviolet rays.
Bananas are already part of many breakfast regimes, but most don’t know of the multiple skin benefits the bendy yellow fruit bears. Potassium hydrates and moisturises dehydrated skin, vitamin A smooths out skin and acne scars whilst lectin destroys the bacteria that causes the pimples in the first place. Bananas are commonly called “nature’s botox” containing nutrients that fight wrinkles. Chuck one of these into your breakfast juice and keep your skin glowing to the gods!
Albeit probably one of the harder fruits to stomach, but lemons are packed full of beauty boosting benefits. Squeeze some lemon juice into your smoothie or juice to clear and brighten your skin. Rich in vitamin C and citric acid, the fruit is also an amazing antioxidant and collagen booster. If you’re not brave enough for lemon in your juice, try it directly onto the skin. Mix in with tea tree oil and water, dip a cotton pad in and use as a toner!
Plums are PACKED full of vitamin E and beta-carotene, the latter being an antioxidant that protects the fatty acids, allowing the body to fight loss of elasticity and wrinkles. Plums have the ability to reduce the appearance of scars by increasing the blood flow to the scar tissue, enabling the scar to blend in with the development of new skin. Plums are also your sun-shielding friends, stuffed with antioxidants that provide an effective sun shield against sun rays.
On the slightly more exotic end of the scale and our final skin-loving fruit; the kiwi! The omega-3 fatty acids present in kiwi protect you from skin diseases and help maintain healthy cell membranes. Your immune system also love kiwis, and it goes without saying that a healthy immune system produces even healthier looking skin. Too sour for you? Pop a couple of slices over your eyes to reduce dark circles.
Try adding 1 or 2 juices into your daily diet, and watch your skin glow within 2 weeks. It’s a delicious way to start your morning off right, as a snack, but please don’t replace your meals with them. If you haven’t got one already in your kitchen, try the affordable juicers from Panasonic. They are compact so that they don’t take up a ridiculous amount of room, and quiet enough that you won’t disturb the other half in the other room trying to watch the footie! What are some of your own favourite juice recipes? Leave them in a comment below for me to try! (The less midget trees included, the better!)