Several studies have linked diet to skin appearance, firmness, and elasticity. The more fruit, vegetables, and healthy foods you consume, the better your skin will look.
That being said, it’s hard to eat salads all the time and consume enough healthy greens. According to a report by the CDC, only 10% of Americans eat the daily recommended amount of fruit or vegetables. Unfortunately, a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables wrecks havoc on our skin (and digestion).
One way to mitigate this problem is to juice collagen-rich foods. They are easy to make at home and can be consumed in 5 minutes or less.
If you prefer smoothies, find the collagen-rich smoothie recipe: here.
ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS
Carrots are great for your skin. They’re high in Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant, and they are chalk full of b-carotene. B-Carotene is known to “prevent UV-induced erythema,” aka sunburn. Carrots boost your skin from the inside, and then protect it on the outside. They are the perfect vegetable to juice and drink.
Vanessa Palermo, Fulvio Mattivi, Romano Silvestri, and the rest of their team studied the anti-aging properties of apple on yeast cells. They found that apples did extend the lifespan, pointing to some evidence that apples can protect cells. While it’s difficult to draw too many conclusions from a study on yeast, perhaps future research will show these effects on humans. For now, we’ll toss it in the juice.
Not only does it boost your juice, it increases the quantity of your drink since it has a high water content.
Ginger adds a great flavor to any juice or smoothie. It’s hot and zesty with a slightly sweet flavor. Add your ginger slowly until you find the right balance.
In addition to being anti-inflammatory, research shows that ginger has anticancer potential from its anti-oxidative stress effects. As stated in the study, “The rich phytochemistry of ginger includes components that scavenge free radicals produced in biological systems.” Ginger strengthens the body against free radicals, which are shown to cause cancer.
Ginger is good for your skin, and it’s good for your body.
Kale is the mother of all dark, leafy greens. One cup of raw kale has the following nutritional benefits:
Not only is it full of antioxidants, it has the added benefit of multiple vitamins. It even helps you absorb more calcium than milk!
Martina C. Meinke and her team studied Curly Kale Extract for found that it encouraged new collagen production in skin and “reduced thickening of the dermal elastic fibers.” They found evidence to suggest that curly kale can prevent the skin from aging.
A Few Notes On Juicing…
Not all juicers are created equal. There are several schools of thought on this, but the general consensus is that Cold Press Juicers are better than centrifugal juicers.
Centrifugal Juicers work very quickly by cutting produce and pushing it through a mesh filter. The downside is that it produces less juice and more pulp. You will end up spending more on fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the centrifugal juicers heat up whatever you’re juice and destroy crucial enzymes.
Cold Press Juicers crush fruits and vegetables and yield a higher amount of juice. They also don’t heat up the food so the nutrients remain intact.
At first, I was using the Breville, which is a centrifugal juicer. It swallows all fruits and vegetables and spits out a little bit of juice and a full grocery bag’s worth of pulp.
I finally splurged on a cold press juicer, and life has been better ever since. Even if I make two tall drinks, the pulp bucket is only halfway full. I personally recommend the Tribest Slowstar Juicer. It is a little expensive, retailing for $379.95. However, I am buying 1/4th the amount of fruits and vegetables, so the price balances out in the long run.
Organic vs. Conventional
To save on my grocery bill, I exclusively bought conventional kale, apples, carrots, and the like.
Unfortunately, my husband and I experience stomach pain and sensitivity every time we drank our juice. At first, we thought our bodies were readjusting to the large quantity of greens. (Our blender broke so we went smoothie and juice free for a month.)
I had an inkling that conventional produce was the cause of our problems. I went out and bought organic ingredients, and the stomach problems went away immediately.
It turns out that pesticides can cause “nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea,” and a whole host of other problems. My theory was correct.
When you can, buy organic produce. I have found that our local grocery stores sell organic kale, spinach, apples, and carrots for only $1~$2 more. In my opinion, it is better to drink less juice throughout the week, but drink organic juice, than to wreak havoc on your stomach and feel sick.