In our ever long pursuit of great health, better skin, better hair, fit body, we tend to explore all the possibilities, and while we might be aware of the health benefits of certain foods and dietary and lifestyle habits, some are left under-explored. This is why it is important to pay attention to the power of red—red food that is, so let us dive in and see what wonderfulness the fruits and vegetables coated with the color of love can bring to our lives; let us discover the amazing health and beauty benefits of these little things and how including them in our diet can vastly improve our lives.
Lona Sandon, RD states that many red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful, healthy antioxidants—such as lycopene and anthocyanins—that may do everything from fight heart disease and prostate cancer to decrease the risk for stroke and muscular degeneration. Every red fruit and vegetable brings something different to the table, and it is time we find out what beautiful secret benefits each of them is keeping.
Berries for a strong body
Most people simply love berries—they love eating them raw, mixing them up and creating smoothies as well as to create delicious desserts. However, did you know that berries are first and foremost powerful antioxidants? These chemicals, which include vitamins A, C and E, protect cells from damage and possibly from disease. They also fight skin redness and inflammation. Arpita Basu, PhD states that, based on research, a daily dose of strawberries can be a powerful tool for protecting your body from high cholesterol, heart disease, while dried cranberries, may help people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. Berries may be small, but they can do great things.
Red, a synonym for fitness
If you are looking to get rid of a few pesky pounds, look no further, red fruit is here to the rescue. First in line is watermelon. Research conducted at the University of Kentucky showed that eating watermelon may improve lipid profiles and lower fat accumulation. What is more, watermelon juice is known to help reduce the level of muscle soreness, so if you are just starting to hit the gym, relieve your post-workout soreness with this amazing fruit. Add a quality Biocare probiotic into the mix, and you are on your way to a body that is fit and fat free! While on the subject of weight loss helpers and cleansers, ruby red grapefruit is another powerful fruit that you simply must include in your diet. A study printed in the Metabolism journal found eating half a grapefruit before meals may help reduce visceral (belly) fat and lower cholesterol levels. Lesson learned: eat red, stay fit.
Eat your way to glowing skin
Aside from being miracle workers when it comes to the matters of the heart, strawberries have an amazing impact on the health and appearance of your skin. Packed with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, they help fight blemishes and work towards giving you a healthy, radiant and glowing skin. When on the subject of antioxidants, selenium is another powerful one. It works alongside other antioxidants such as vitamins E and C and is essential for the immune system. Studies suggest that a selenium-rich diet can help to protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots. When in pursuit of your dose of selenium turn to tomatoes, as they are rich with not only this, but also other antioxidants such as anthocyanin and quercetin, which have shown to help fight inflammation. It is a tad ironic that skin redness and inflammation can be reduced by eating red foods, but it is one appreciated irony.
Red care for strong hair
Beautiful hair starts at the root, and a healthy scalp with well-nourished hair follicles keeps your locks looking their best. Vitamin A helps maintain your skin, including your scalp. If you don’t get enough vitamin A, you can develop abnormally flaky and oily skin, and eventually notice hair thinning. This is a job for fruits already mentioned and those are tomatoes and watermelon. Another vitamin vital for strong and healthy hair is the one with the letter C; therefore, we are back on the amazing strawberries, which contain an abundance of it. Finally, great hair requires iron, and one of the best sources of iron is cherry.
Staying healthy, fit and having strong hair and amazing skin has never been more easy or delicious. All of these red foods are beyond delicious, and so incorporating them in your diet will be no sacrifice or torture, so start today and reap the benefits tomorrow and every day that comes after that.
Nicole is a lifestyle blogger at HighStyleLife passionate about yoga and healthy living. She enjoys sharing her experiences and ideas on how to lead a happy and healthy life. If you want to read more from Nicole you can find her on Twitter and Facebook.