Natural foods; what our previous generation termed simply as “food”. The chase for perfection has created the food of today; infused with chemicals, processed and modified. Though, it is arguable whether processing actually improves foodstuffs. There are huge benefits to be reaped from consuming foods provided by mother nature.
Benefit 1 – Less allergies
What do allergies have to do with the food you eat? Many independent studies have shown that processed foods may result in increased likelihood of allergies, notably in children.
Babies who ate more fruits and vegetables and fewer packaged foods were less likely to develop food allergies – Reuters
Allergies can be severe, often sufferers of allergic reactions display symptoms such as
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Natural foods can reduce the likelihood of such allergies occurring. So stay pink by going natural.
Benefit 2 – Falling ill less often
Processed foods have also been related to causing other health problems in both infants as well as adults. The modern diet of processed foods increases our intake of chemicals and toxins that may increase allergies as mentioned earlier and a slew of other health problems.
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These chronic illnesses and health problems may take years to develop. However, they are often chronic and sufferers would have to learn to adapt and live with the diseases upon the onset of the disease
Benefit 3 – Looking younger & more beautiful
Health and beauty are undoubtedly interlinked. Improving our internal health also produces outward results. Better nutrition, eating healthy and well, can vastly improve ones beauty, better skin, less wrinkles, less dryness or oiliness, good hydration, a better overall appearance.
Here are some good natural foods to consume for beauty
Raisins: You might think that because raisins are sweet and sticky, they’re not good for your oral health. But research has shown that antioxidants in raisins fight the growth of a type of bacteria that can cause inflammation and gum disease.
Edamame: Collagen—the fibrous protein that keeps skin firm, youthful-looking and wrinkle-free—begins to decline starting in your twenties! Eating edamame and other soyfoods may help to preserve skin-firming collagen because it is rich in isoflavones. In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, mice fed isoflavones and exposed to ultraviolet radiation had fewer wrinkles and smoother skin than mice that were exposed to UV light but didn’t get isoflavones. The researchers believe that isoflavones help prevent collagen breakdown.
Cucumbers: Place slices over puffy eyes—cucumber’s anti-inflammatory properties may help to reduce swelling, says Alan Logan, N.D., co-author ofYour Skin, Younger (Sourcebooks, 2010).
Parsley: This herb has been shown to help kick garlic breath. The polyphenols (compounds that act like antioxidants) break down the smelly sulfur compounds in garlic. For the biggest benefit, combine garlic and parsley in the same dish, though it may be possible to get the garlic-breath-fighting benefits of polyphenols by eating it in dishes separate from the garlic, as long as they are consumed during the same meal.
Tart cherry juice: You’ve heard people say they need their “beauty sleep”—and it turns out there’s some truth to that, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal. (People rated study participants as healthier and more attractive when they slept 8 hours a night compared to when they were sleep-deprived.) Up your odds of getting that much-needed beauty rest by drinking a little tart cherry juice. In a small study, when adults with chronic insomnia drank a cup of tart cherry juice twice a day they experienced some relief in the severity of their insomnia. Tart cherry juice contains melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness. – Eatingwell.com