As a holistic wellness practitioner, my philosophy is deeply rooted in finding, balancing and maintaining wholesome beauty in a modern world. My two new books, Nourish and Glow and Fresh and Pure, take natural healing modalities, Eastern philosophies, integrative nutrition and an overall holistic approach to wellbeing, and apply them to natural beauty inside and out.
The foods we consume daily can either deplete us or invigorate us. Processed, refined and artificial foods are extremely difficult and often impossible for the body to break down, remaining in our system to occupy clean, healthy cells.
Plants, on the other hand, absorb the powerful life force from the sun in the form of chlorophyll and bring that powerful energy into every cell in our bodies. Pack your diet with nature’s most powerfully beautifying foods and deeply transform how you look and feel with these 10 beauty-boosting superfoods:
Avocados: Antioxidant-rich avocados are abundant in vitamin E, which keeps skin cells healthy and strong, as well as B vitamins, which are responsible for DNA repair. Avocados are also one of the healthiest sources of fat and can help reduce “bad” cholesterol levels.
Beets: This humble root vegetable holds a wealth of nutrients, including beta-carotene, folic acid, fiber and iron. The leafy greens are even more nutritious with double the potassium, folic acid, calcium and iron.
Cacao: A prized food of the Mayans, Cacao is the raw, natural source of one of the most cherished treats of all time: chocolate! In its unprocessed form, Cacao ranks as one of the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world. Cacao is also rich in minerals and is one of the top plant-based sources of magnesium.
Goji Berries: Also called wolfberries or “red diamonds” due to their unusually high nutritional value, Goji Berries are native to southeastern Europe and Asia. They are characterized by their bright orange-red color and raisin-like shape. They have been cultivated in Asia for more than 2,000 years, where Traditional Chinese Medicine has been using the berries for medicinal purposes. They are an excellent source of antioxidants including polyphenols, flavonoids and carotenoids, as well as vitamins A, C and E.
Hemp Seeds: Shelled Hemp Seeds are a complete source of protein that support healthy cell building and repair. They are also an excellent source of omega fatty acids, including gamma-lineolenic acid, a rich source for beautiful glowing skin, hair and nails.
Green Leafy Vegetables: Exceptionally high in chlorophyll, these greens oxygenate your blood and boost your body’s production of anti-aging nutrients due to the vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, and a rich dose of collagen-building vitamin C.
Matcha: A finely ground powder of a specific green tea that is shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest, Matcha produces chlorophyll, l-theanine and caffeine, which are known to induce a calm energy. The antioxidant-rich tea helps support skin health by reducing inflammation and free radicals that accelerate skin aging.
Mushrooms: Of all the earth’s natural substances, mushrooms are among the most medicinal. They enhance the immune system and fight free radicals.
Sea Vegetables: Packed with omega-3s, protein and beauty minerals that feed your skin, hair and nails, sea plants such as kelp, kombu, dulse, wakame and spirulina are veritable superfoods. Add flakes to salads, cook in broths, nourish bowls or add powders to smoothies or nut milks.
Turmeric: The root of the Curcuma longa plant, the main spice in Indian curries, is also one the most powerful herbs on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. The active substance in Turmeric, curcumin, is an incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can help treat gastrointestinal and menstrual issues, detoxify the body and keep skin healthy.
About Jules Aron
Wellness expert and certified health coach Jules Aron is known for her approach to clean living and recently released the book, Fresh & Pure: Organically Crafted Beauty Balms & Cleansers and Nourish and Glow, Naturally Beautifying Foods & Elixirs, in which she shares her “Pretty Zen Philosophy” and favorite beauty-boosting foods. Learn more at www.julesaron.com