“Let food be thy medicine” – Did you know that Hippocrates said that?

medice cabinetBoy oh boy, Hippocrates was right on!  Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician of Classical Athens and is considered the most important figure in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the father of Western medicine for his contributions to the fields.  He died in 377, BC.  His contributions to the medical field have lasted eons!  That is stunning.

The Hippocratic Oath is perhaps the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards.

One of the first statements I make to my clients as I begin counseling them is that “food is medicine”.  And I didn’t even know that came from Hippocrates!

So, in keeping with my discovery – here are some wonderful examples of food that will benefit your body from the inside out – so much better that taking a pill, don’t you agree?

I did a post last year about the lovely cucumber.  Did you know that the skin from the cucumber contains a lot of silica and that is beneficial in helping to maintain a clear complexion and makes your hair shiny?

The carotene derived from carrots helps to absorb harmful sun rays and can give your skin a lovely glow – but be careful!  Eating too many carrots can turn your skin orange!

Want an anti-aging agent?  Eat papayas.  They contain a lot of antioxidants which fight against wrinkles.  Eating raspberries help to repair damaged skin cells.

How about softening your skin?  Eat grapefruit – it is known to help replenish collagen cells and also protects your skin from the sun.  Also good for your skin is coconut water – its hydrating benefits also helps ‘plump up’ your skin.  And of course you all know that grapefruit is a wonderful source of vitamin C but it also helps tighten your skin and helps protects your skin from sun damage.

And talk about an anti-aging fruit – the delicious little blueberry also works as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Let’s look at a couple of seeds and their benefits – pumpkin seeds and flax seeds both have Omega-3 fatty acids in them which helps to tighten the skin.  Boy, I am sure someone has thought about putting that in skin creams – I could sure use some tightening on my caboose!  Hmmmm – bet I could grind some seeds and make my own.

And look at the benefits from eating Salmon – so good for you.  And the healthy fats also help keep your skin hydrated.

Your assignment for this week is to incorporate all of these foods into your food program.  They are delicious, healthy and less expensive that a lot of the skin care products that are on the market today.  Now, I am not saying that you have to eliminate using some skin products, but if you eat more of these wonderful foods, your skin will glow and your body will be fed with low-calorie, nourishing foods.

Have a great, healthy week!

 

 

 

 

 

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