Gone are the days of eating SALAD to “Nurse the Figure” Lol !!! Salad , as Light as it may seem has tons of benefits, today we focus on the impact it has on your skin !
1. SALAD CAN INCREASE YOUR HYDRATION LEVELS :
Most veggies are majority water, so when you eat them you naturally hydrate your body. Despite the fact that we know we’re supposed to drink a lot of water many people still don’t get enough, making consumption of moisture-rich foods a way to add hydration to your system. When your body is dehydrated so is your skin. Dehydrated skin can have an increase in roughness, sensitivity, flaking, and fine lines or even cracking. Both for appearances and comfort and dealing with summer’s warm temperatures hydration is required, making fruits and veggies a great way to send your skin the liquid it longs for to perform and look its best.
2. RAW FOODS IN SALADS MEAN NO LOSS OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS DUE TO COOKING:
When you’re eating uncooked foods you’re giving your body a shot at the maximum vitamins and nutrients available in many foods. It’s a rare food that remains unchanged by cooking – only certain very stable nutrients don’t degrade or migrate out of foods when they’re heated. The actual percentage of raw foods you should consume remains something many experts debate. Overall though it’s safe to say that eating some is one of the best ways to make sure every bite is adding a lot of nutrients to your system. Raw foods also contain live enzymes that can assist with digestion, something cooked foods don’t boast since enzymes are destroyed by heat.
3. FIBER IN VEGETABLES AND FRUITS USED FOR SALADS CLEAN THE INTESTINES AND COLON , MAKING NUTRIENT ABSORPTION MORE EFFICIENT :
If your intestines are gummed up with gooey, fiber-free, processed foods they aren’t going to be properly absorbing nutrition. Almost every ingredient in a salad contributes fiber that sweeps through the digestive system, carrying leftover gunk with it and leaving intestinal and colon walls free to absorb all the virtuous vitamins you’re eating every day. What good is a nutrient if it never really gets into you? Not much.
We’re all supposed to get approximately 25 grams of fiber in our diets per day. Sadly most people fall far, far short.
2 cups of lettuce equals .9 to 2 grams of fiber depending on the variety with delicate green leaf lettuce.
Other salad additions like carrots, peppers, celery, tomatoes, beets, asparagus, mushrooms, and green peas can really bulk up your fiber intake and also make your salads more interesting.
4. USE OF QUALITY OILS IN SALAD DRESSINGS CAN IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS AND PROVIDE MOISTURIZING, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY OMEGA FATTY ACIDS THAT BENEFIT SKIN:
This point requires some specificity. Dressings acquired from most average grocery stores are not going to qualify for this healthy advantage. That’s because they are made with refined canola and soy oils that may be partly rancid, contain pesticide residue, and have no vitamins of their own. Mass market dressings also commonly contain artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup, and other ickies. Either make a visit to your local health food store or order up some individual ingredients and make your own unique and healthful dressing instead.
Salad offers the opportunity for culinary use of oils not generally suited for cooking like hemp seed oil, walnut oil, and pumpkin seed oil. The oils most packed with polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega fatty acids) are the ones you can’t heat because heat makes them oxidize, so cold applications are the best way to get their anti-inflammatory health benefits and delicious flavor. Organic sunflower and olive oils are fine general purpose choices as well if you don’t have specialty oils on hand.
Oils will increase your absorption of beta-Carotene and Vitamin K which are fat soluble. A bit of healthy oil can also improve your feeling of satisfaction and how long your energy from the meal will last, since fats take a while to break down into caloric energy. The veggies will digest first and the fat will fuel you later.
Omega fatty acid rich oils provide balancing, anti-inflammatory effects for skin with positive results for dry skin and acne specifically. Ironically consuming more Omega 3 fatty acids in healthy oils can make you break out less.
5. NUTRIENTS IN SALADS HELP SYNTHESIZE COLLAGEN , PROVIDE NATURAL SUN PROTECTIVE EFFECTS, PROTECT AGAINST WRINKLING AND SAGGING OF SKIN, CAN IMPROVE DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES, AND MAKE SKIN SMOOTHER:
Look, Some of the individual nutrients you get when eating exciting and varied salads. There’s a lot, and their benefits are well substantiated by peer reviewed science!
It’s as clear as day !!!
So , What will it be ? A Burger or Salad ?