One of best ways to improve appearance of your skin is by incorporating raw food into your diet. Beautiful skin starts from inside out. People who switch to eating mostly raw food often see an improvement in their skin and look younger.
Heating food above 105 degrees Fahrenheit destroys enzymes as well as 50% of protein and 70-90% of vitamins and minerals. Eating cooked food overtaxes body’s enzyme reserves. Eating more raw food decreases amount of digestive enzymes your body has to produce. Raw foods are foods in their natural state with enzymes left intact. Enzymes are needed to perform many functions in body including digestion, assimilation and elimination of food. A drained enzyme supply can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies, premature aging and low energy. Raw foods high in enzymes include sprouts, papaya and pineapple.
Free radicals damage your skin and interfere with collagen production causing premature aging. Antioxidants counteract free radicals that age skin. Berries, especially blueberries, are potent antioxidants that promote collagen which reduces wrinkles. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and grapefruit help rid body of free radicals keeping skin looking young. Foods high in antioxidant beta carotene including carrots and apricots protect skin against sun damage.
CoenzymeQ10 is an effective antioxidant involved in energy process and present in every cell in body. CoQ10 levels in body diminish with age. CoQ10 destroys free radicals and slows aging. Spinach, broccoli and peanuts are foods high in CoQ10.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that boosts strength of other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E, and assists body’s energy production. Alpha-lipoic acid can be found in spinach, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, tomatoes and peas.