These 4 everyday foods work to keep you healthy and gorgeous - inside and out!
Apple cider vinegar
Health Benefit Enzymes in apple cider vinegar not only aid in digestion, they also entourage good gut flora.
Beauty Boost Create ab at-home topical solution by mixing one part apple cider vinegar with fours parts water, says Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. You’ll start to see skin that’s “just right” – not too oily or dry.
Health Benefit Oleic acid, the healthy fat found in avocados has been linked to better heart health and may help burn fat.
Beauty Boost Avocado fatty acids can lock in moisture and replenish hair, says Lorna Kane Clarkson, certified sports nutritionist and founder of active apparel brand Lorna Jane. To get the benefits, mix an avocado a quarter cup olive oil and a bit of lemon juice. Apply the mixture from root to tip. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse.
Health Benefit Cucumbers are incredibly hydrating both internally and externally. They’re also packed with antioxidants, which may help lower your risk of chronic diseases.
Beauty Boost Cucumbers have vitamins C and K, which combat inflammation and aging. But it’s the gel in a cucumber’s center that has the most moisturizing benefits, making it perfect for use on your face, hands and body. “Cucumbers are inexpensive so it’s easy to whip up as much as you want,” Grigore says.
Health Benefit Green tea leaves contain theanine, an animo acid that has been shown to reduce stress and improve cognitive function, while black, white and green teas contain healthy antioxidants.
Beauty Boost “Black tea is a known astringent that will reduce under-eye puffiness”, Clarkson says. Just let the bags cool to room temperature after steeping and apply. If acne is your issue, the catechins in green tea are antibacterial and can help reduce breakouts.