If you’ve been with me for awhile, you already know that what you eat has a huge effect on how you look. If you live on fast food, grease, and unhealthy foods, your skin will look dull and unhealthy. Plus, you may start to feel lethargic and unwell. After all, our energy level and overall health reflects what’s going on inside of us. If you load up on fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods, your skin will reflect this by being blemish-free, and you’ll feel great!
You’ve probably heard of the 5-a-Day rule but how about the Rainbow diet rule? This is a new dietary regime that focuses on the different colors of food and how they can have an effect on your wellbeing (there’s even science to back it up!).
It’s probably not a spoiler to tell you that fruits and vegetables are good for us. After all, they contain a huge array of nutrients and vitamins that are essential in keeping your body healthy; and their functions are many and varied. There are nutrients that keep your eyes healthy and bright, some that keep your joints and bones healthy, nutrients to keep the skin looking young, and supple—the list goes on!
The great news is that the effect of differently-coloured foods on the body is now being investigated to see if certain pigments can help with the fight against disease and aging. Similar coloured foods contain similar Phytochemicals, which may be able to help the body fight against free radical damage and oxidization. So what do the different colours have to offer? Let’s take a moment to figure out what the hype is all about—step into the rainbow with me…
Variety of Foods For Beautiful Skin
Anthocyanins are the pigments contained in red and purple fruits and vegetables. They are antioxidants which neutralize free radical damage in the body and can help reduce the signs of aging.
The carotenoids contained in orangey yellow fruits and vegetables are essential for anti-aging, and have the added bonus of being very useful at protecting against cancer and other degenerative diseases. Another bonus of yellow foods is that they have been shown to contain compounds that can help prevent wrinkles! Another pear anyone?
Leafy green have been popular and are renowned for being good for your body but do you know why? Green vegetables contain a vast amount of healthy stuff, including Glucosinolates which are known to protect against cancer. Greens also have Lutein, which helps to protect the eyes from macular degeneration, not to mention a lot of Vitamin K and Calcium—both great for keeping bones healthy and strong.
White fruits and veggies have Phytonutrients, so don’t overlook them just because they are not a dazzling hue! Studies show that increasing your daily white fruit and vegetable intake by just 25 grams can reduce your risk of a stroke by 9%. Yes, you read that correctly. Such a small change can reap huge benefits.
To make munching the rainbow even easier, here is a list of the different colored foods that are most beneficial. No matter what your tastes are like, you’re sure to find something here you like:
Red: Strawberries, Raspberries, Cherries, Tomatoes, Peppers
Purple: Beetroot, Red Cabbage, Grapes, Acai
Orange: Carrots, Peppers, Oranges, Sweet Potato, Peach, Apricot
Yellow: Peppers, Citrus fruits
Green: Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Cabbage, Beans, Peas, Collards
White: Onions, Garlic, Cauliflower, Mushroom, Banana
Eating a variety of differently colored foods is not only good for your body, mind, and skin, it’s also great fun and truly tasty! It’s all about variety so step out of your comfort zone and dietary rut. Make a few changes in your diet and ensure that you are eating a good combination of different colored foods every single day. Soon you’ll start to notice a difference in your energy levels, general wellbeing, and your skin.
Want to know how to look vibrant and beautiful? Eat the rainbow, for good health inside and out.