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They say you are what you eat – and for our money, we can’t imagine anything more beautiful than a bowl full of fresh fruit.
Apparently, neither could Mother Nature, as the ultimate engineer herself has packed any number of all-natural beauty benefits into some of her sweetest treats.
So if you’re looking for a tasty way to look your best, look no further!
Natural Beauty 101
Why, exactly, does eating all-natural help us look our best?
The simplest explanation is that eating healthier makes us healthier, which allows our bodies to function at their highest potential. That includes performing all the processes that keep us younger on the inside, such as:
- Cell regeneration: A process that keeps things fresher – and firmer – by supplying us with new batches of cells on a regular basis. It’s aided by nutrients like essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E.
- A well-maintained lymphatic system: Essentially the body and blood stream’s laundromat, this system clears away all those old, discarded cells and other potentially dangerous debris. It gets a boost from a number of different antioxidants.
- Cell growth and repair: Regenerating cells is one thing. Supplying the building materials for the new bio matter is another. Natural compounds like protein, biotin and vitamin C help ensure our new cells are made of the right stuff.
Of course, all of these processes impact different areas of our bodies – and beauty routines – differently.
For a more specific fruit-based beauty regimen, you may want to consider:
Best Fruits For Skin
A number of fruits out there are especially potent for your skincare routine, including:
The tropical plant is a powerhouse of beauty-boosting nutrients for the entire body.
When it comes to our skin, mangoes are particularly generous, offering all-natural components like vitamins A, C, E and K, which nourishes our skin from the inside and helps protect the outside against the elements.
Mangoes are also a great source of vitamin C and a number of antioxidants called bioflavonoids, which work to protect us from any skin damage caused by floating free radicals.
The overall impact is skin that looks tighter, rejuvenated and softer. Thanks, mangoes!
Essentially another all-natural beauty elixir, this delicious snack includes plenty of powerful skin care components, such as vitamins A, B and C, a number of antioxidants, and other nutrients and minerals like folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, copper and magnesium. Whew!
Just believe us when we tell you that the science behind all that stuff creates a potent skin care cocktail, which helps by removing dead skin cells, softening the skin overall and giving skin an overall brighter appearance.
Forget the doctor. One of these babies a day will help keep the dermatologist away!
Apples are one of the best all-natural skin remedies out there, sporting a suite of helpful nutrients and minerals including vitamins C and B6, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese and magnesium, which help in cell regeneration as well as cell growth and repair.
Their high number of antioxidants and fruit-based acids also help clear away dead or damaged skin cells, which helps keep things looking bright and clear.
But perhaps apple’s most magical trick is their offering of pectin, an incredible natural skin toner which not only helps keep our skin tight but stimulates blood flow near the surface of our skin, giving us that all-natural glow.
Best Fruits for Hair
Who doesn’t want to sport a head full of luscious, flowing locks?
The beauty industry has countless products marketed toward helping us achieve just that. But next time you’re shopping for your hair care supplies, you may also want to make a detour to the produce aisle for a few of these generous groceries:
Berries’ greatest contribution to our hair care may be their wealth of vitamin C.
The mineral helps out in a few essential areas of hair health, including protecting our delicate follicles from damage-causing free radicals, allowing our hair to grow stronger, for longer.
Vitamin C is also a great source of collagen, a magical protein that helps keep hair healthy from the inside out, preventing it from becoming brittle and breaking. (Bonus: Collagen is also key in skin care, as it helps boost elasticity and hydration levels!)
And as if that wasn’t enough, the benevolent vitamin is also an adept absorber of iron, which has long been associated with hair loss prevention.
Avocados are another one of those big-hearted fruits that contribute to a number of our natural beauty systems – including those that help boost skin health. (Think: Essential fatty acids and cell regeneration.)
But when it comes to our hair, the avocado only continues to deliver, especially with its supply of vitamin E.
The nutrient has been linked in studies to the promotion of hair growth, thanks in no small part to its free-radical fighting abilities, which helps neutralize the impact of stress on our hair.
Vitamin E also helps our scalps remain dandruff-free by supplying a nourishing boost to the sensitive skin.
These fruits offer a delicious option to help our hair in bunches of ways.
Bananas are excellent sources of vitamin A, which excels at keeping things moisturized from the inside out.
The tropical treats are also producers of a mineral called silica, which helps the body synthesize all that hair-helping collagen. And bananas even offer up a number of antimicrobial properties that help keep our scalps free of flakes.
Best Fruits for Teeth
It may seem counterintuitive to think something we eat could help the teeth we use to eat it.
But there are actually a number of fruits out there loaded up with the right kind of stuff to help our pearly whites stay that way, including:
Another nutrient-dense powerhouse, cranberries have been linked to a number of health benefits, including a few that concern our teeth.
While the research is still relatively new, results show that there may be a link between the flavonoid anthocyanin—which also gives cranberries their deep red color—and the prevention of plaque formation.
The study suggests that something in the anthocyanins disrupt the enzymes otherwise busy bonding together the bacteria that eventually forms plaque, making for the politest interruption we’ve ever heard of.
This time, it’s not just what the apple is made of that can help us stay beautiful, it’s how the apple is made.
That is, out of a sturdy, fibrous skin and flesh that can literally help scrape plaque away as it’s chewed.
The stimulation also helps activate the gums and salivary glands, which go on to help by lowering the acidity level of our entire mouth, making a healthier environment for our teeth and helping wash away potential decay-causing particles.
Speaking of acid: While the higher levels of the stuff in these fruits isn’t the most ideal component for oral health, citrus fruits can help make up for it by packing in insane amounts of vitamin C.
The nutrient is particularly important for our teeth, helping build them stronger through the creation and maintenance of enamel.
But if that isn’t enough to make you smile, just think of all the delicious ways fruit can help keep you bright and beaming from head to toe.