Give Your Natural Skin Care a Boost with Vegetable Juices
Juices with high silicon content are generally the most beneficial
for the skin. These include broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, turnip
greens - greens of any sort - and watercress, to name a few. While any
of these juices are good for you, there are certain combinations that
address specific conditions.
Acne sufferers do best with a combination of carrots, green
pepper and parsley. Adding a little apple and potato (just a slice or
two) is also beneficial. A combination of carrots, spinach, turnip
leaves and watercress, which is high in chlorine and sulfur, is good
for those with eczema. Again, adding a little potato helps.
Haggard-looking skin is revived with carrots, bell pepper, kale,
spinach, and turnip greens, and rough, aging skin responds well to
apricot juice. Try combining it with apple and a little gingerroot.
Carrots and sweet potato also work well.
If you would like to simply slow down the effects of aging,
drink a wide variety of juices every day, and include plenty of celery
juice, watermelon juice and carrot juice with parsley.
Some aficionados practically live on juices, but even it (if)
you're not willing to go that far, it's a good idea to have vegetable
juices with your meals to help digestion.
A word of caution about
combining vegetables and fruits - vegetables are high in natural oils,
and fruits tend to be acidic. As a rule, they don't mix well and can
cause bloating and discomfort. Two exceptions are apples and carrots.
Apples can be used to sweeten vegetables juices, and the natural
sweetness of carrots goes well with fruit.
If you're just starting juicing, take it slowly at first. Start
with about three glasses a day, two vegetable and one fruit, and work
up to six glasses keeping the same vegetable/fruit ratio. The best
juicers operate at a low temperature to avoid destroying the nutrients.
If you have severe skin problems, you should consult a
dermatologist to determine the best treatment, but, otherwise, adding
vegetable juices to your diet could have such dramatic results that
within a couple of weeks you'll look like you spend most of your day at