(Taken Spring 2018 in Ireland while out for a walk at my local park )
Yesterday was officially the first day of Spring! Living on an island when winter sometimes feels like it lasts a little too long, I can get a little impatient for spring. Here are 5 Easy Things You Can Do For Better Skin, Mind and Body to celebrate.
Drink Green Tea – Green Tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant and is high in antioxidants called catechins which help fight free radicals in your body to boost your immune system and help ward off illness. For maximum flavor and potency, brew Green Tea fresh. If the flavor of Green Tea isn’t your favorite, try adding a couple of fresh organic mint leaves.
Add a Little Seaweed – About a year or so ago I started using kelp granules in my cooking (did I just see you make a "yuck" face"?) Here is a little background on kelp:
- Kelp contains high amounts of iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron, as well as vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, omega-3 fats and fiber but lower levels of sodium than salt. Iodine helps regulate your thyroid gland to produce healthy hair, skin and nails. However, balancing your iodine levels is very important so as not to lead to hypo- or hyperthyroidism.
- For sodium, The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day (less than ½ a teaspoon). The average American gets about 3,400 mg of sodium a day. In comparison a ½ teaspoon of kelp contains about 40 mg of sodium. You can read more about sodium guidelines in our diet from the Mayo Clinic under references below.
Add kelp granules to soups, stews, stir-fries - anywhere you add salt - while cooking. I don’t recommend them as a “finishing salt” sprinkled on foods like roast or fried potatoes unless you like a kelpy flavor. You can buy the granules at Natural health food stores. I'm currently using Sea Seasonings Organic Kelp Granules from Maine. Remember t's always best to check with your primary care doctor before switching to a food substitute so as not to interfere with any medications or conditions you might have.
Plant a Little Love – For the past few winters I have done a little indoor planting so I can watch something green grow and bloom over the colder months. I love checking on my plants each morning to see if anything has sprouted or flowered. Now is a great time to check out some spring plants. Who doesn't love waking up to some gorgeous tulips?!
Add Fresh Herbs to your food - Below is one of my favorite sauce recipes and it's loaded with green goodness. Basil has antioxidant properties and has very high levels of beta carotene and Vitamin A. 100g of fresh basil leaves contain 175% of our daily required dose of Vitamin A to keep eyes and skin healthy. This classic "Verde" Sauce is one of those really versatile sauces that can be used with many different foods. It has a lovely, bright, fresh herbal taste and keeps well in the fridge. Serve with your favorite protein or add to fresh pasta and vegetables with some grated Parmesan for a great pasta salad. It also makes a delicious topping with potato pancakes or baked potatoes.
Green Skincare Products - I think of skincare products as food for your skin. The more recognizable and food grade quality the ingredients, the more nutrient dense, healthy and antioxidant rich for your body. I specifically chose oils like Almond, Camellia, Olive and Avocado to include in my Nourishing Body Oil...all loaded with Vitamins such as E, A and Vitamin D, and skin loving and moisturizing oleic essential fatty acid.
Let me know what I can add to the list. I would love to hear how you celebrate Spring!
drweil.com; 10 Reasons to Drink Green Tea;
mercola.com; Kelp Seaweed Benefits; https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/06/20/kelp-seaweed-benefits.aspx, June 20, 2016
maraseaweed.com; Why Seaweed is the Best Salt Substitute; https://maraseaweed.com/blogs/news/why-seaweed-is-the-best-salt-substitute, July 24, 2017
mayoclinic.org; Sodium: how to tame your salt habit; https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/sodium/art-20045479, April 16, 2016
Murdoch Books, Small Plates: Salsa Verde. London: Murdoch Books Pty Limited, 2009, page 252.
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