Friday, November 14, 2014

Kale Chips: Don't knock it til you try it!

Meghan Telpner is a Toronto-based nutritionist and holistic lifestyle consultant. Her Making Love In The Kitchen video series will bring you tips on how to prepare healthful, nutritious goodness from whole foods. Visit her site for more love.

Kale chips for healthy skin? Hey-ha-ha-hey now? That's right my sista and brotha-friends. It's all fine and nice to bathe in organ cleansing detox herbs, to soak in the goodness of coconut oil through the pours and bounce on a trampoline to shake and shimmy out the toxins. Let me tell you that no amount of bouncing, soaking or moisturizing is going to clean up your complexion if you're still eating crappola.

Now, obviously in the tutorial coming out tomorrow, (Wahoozles once again!) I go into much more deets about the hair and skin feeding nutrients and foods we need but here is a little preview to tantalize your tastebuds and organs of elimination/detox pathways.

Nutrients For Healthy Skin

Fluids: Fluids are essential as they help moisturize the skin as well as flush out toxins and waste.
Essential Fatty Acids: Help with cell repair and regeneration, wound healing

Antioxidants: Antioxidants are a great line of defense against cellular damage caused by free radicals.
Iron: A deficiency in iron brings anemia, and this shows up in our bodies as a pale complexion and dark circles under the eyes.
Vitamin A: It keeps our skin supple and is vital for the health of our eyes and hair.Vitamin C
Vitamin C: Essential for the production of collagen (the elastic tissue in our skin. The decline in collagen is part of what makes us wrinkly as we age).
Vitamin E: Powerful action against the damage of free radicals. Vitamin E helps our skin retain its moisture.
Vitamin B Complex: Help our bodies to metabolize our food and convert it to energy, also important for the metabolism of our skin- to keep it fresh and lively!
Selenium: Helps protect from free radical damage and from dryness.
Zinc: Vital to the immune system and to skin health. Zinc helps us to manufacture collagen and speeds up healing. A deficiency produces stretch marks, a dull complexion, white spots on fingernails, dandruff and icky blemishes.

Wait a second... Are you seeing what I'm seeing? Yep. That is pretty much the full spectrum of nutrients. I'll connect the dots for you. We can drink coffee and alcohol which depletes our body of these nutrients, eat nutrient deficient processed food, lay out in the sun, breathe bad air and use $400 creams laced with gold and the breath of Aneglina Jolie's unborn child (I assume she's pregnant but isn't she always), or eat good whole unprocessed foods. So I could have essentially posted any old whole foods based recipe up here and claimed it good for skin health and it would have been right. But instead I'll share another fave kale chipper.

So you can have nachos and cheese, or cheeseless cheesy kale chips. Or I could ask, how old and beaten do you want your face to look?

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