Juicing and Effects On Your Skin

Fruits in a juicer

26 Aug Juicing and Effects On Your Skin

Fad diets and health tips circulate in and out of popularity, but some “fads” are worth taking a closer look at. Juicing is a hot topic right now with many different claims about how it can help you be healthier, including how it can improve the health of your skin. Is it true? Let’s take a look at how juicing, or any other diet, really influences skin health and beauty.

What is Juicing, Anyway?

The name’s pretty obvious, but how do you juice? Juicing is processing fruits and vegetables through a juicer or blender to extract their juice for drinking. (If using a blender, some or all of the pulp needs to be removed to get a purer juice.) By creating fruit and vegetable juices, proponents say, you can get all of the nutrients of whole fruits and veggies without eating the bulk of the fiber along with them.

While it’s true that the body needs fiber to help digestion, and that fiber can also fill you up and make you less hungry for junk food, it’s also true that drinking a vegetable or fruit juice can give you most or all of the nutrients that you would get by eating the whole food. For people who struggle to eat the recommended 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, juicing is a way to get those nutrients into their diets, and those nutrients are vital to health, including skin health.

Fruits and Vegetables for Great Skin

No matter if you eat whole produce or juice it, knowing what to eat to get the right nutrients is key. To improve the look and feel of your skin, here are some of the most important fruits and veggies you need to eat (or drink!):

  • Carrots – With tons of beta-carotene, carrots definitely deserve a place on the list. Beta-carotene, which is a form of Vitamin A, is a powerful antioxidant, one of the class of nutrients that slows down aging by preventing cell degeneration. Carrots also have Vitamin C, which is essential to the body’s production of collagen. Collagen is a substance that gives skin its elasticity, and healthy collagen prevents the formation of wrinkles and other signs of aging.
  • Kale – Kale is a powerhouse of nutrition, containing an alphabet’s-worth of vitamins along with the minerals calcium, iron, copper, and magnesium. Kale is a wonderful anti-inflammatory vegetable that can help to prevent and fight acne. The antioxidant vitamins in kale also help to repair and maintain the health of skin cells.
  • Beets – The health of the skin starts deep inside the body, and beets help to produce healthy skin from inside out. The nutrients in beets help to clean the liver and blood, which in turn helps to cleanse the skin from toxins and other damaging substances. Beets also contain great anti-inflammatory nutrients, including potassium, niacin, and Vitamin C.
  • Lemons – Adding a delightful zing to many juice blends, lemons are packed with B vitamins, Vitamin C, and citric acid. Lemon juice helps to clean the kidneys and blood, which again helps the body to cleanse the skin as well.
  • Parsley – This herb is used as a garnish on many dishes, but as an element in juice, it provides high levels of Vitamin K, which helps to keep the skin elastic and also speeds up the healing of wounds. Parsley can help to heal acne and other blemishes and also works to clean the digestive system.

These are just a handful of the fruits and vegetables that provide strong benefits for clear skin. Whether you eat them whole or turn them into juice, these and other types of produce are essential keys to healthy skin and a beautiful complexion

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