Though there are many traditional Asian health food products that offer tons of benefits to promote gorgeous hair and skin, in this article we will focus on three easy-to-use foods available at a store near you: spinach, sweet potatoes, and ginger.
Each of these superfoods are delicious and packed with vitamins and minerals that not only support healthy hair and glowing skin, but also help alleviate menstrual pain, promote healthy brain function, and act as anti-aging defenses.
You will learn how to properly select the best of these products in the produce section, what their main health and beauty benefits are, and access a plethora of both gorgeousness and delightful food recipes.
Many believe that spinach originated in Persia (modern-day Iran), explaining why the Ancient Chinese referred to it as the “Persian vegetable.”
How to Select Spinach
Choose spinach leaves that are deep green in color, and avoid any leaves that are wilted or discolored. Be sure to wash the leaves well before using, as dirt and sand tend to hide in the leaves.
Health and Beauty Benefits of Spinach
Spinach is a vital health food for healthy hair and glowing skin. Eating it regularly helps to protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays, which cause skin cancer and premature aging. The antioxidants work to destroy free radicals and maintain the youthful glow that every woman wants to keep.
Extremely low in fat and calories, spinach is a nutrient-dense leafy green that aids weight loss. Due to its high-quality dietary fiber, spinach also helps digestion, prevents constipation, and helps to main blood sugar levels. Spinach is rich in flavonoids, which contain anti-cancer properties. It also contains antioxidants that prevent cataracts and slow the process of age-related vision loss. This vegetable is a great food to maintain bone health and is an essential protein for vegans to support collagen growth and build muscle tissue.
Spinach Beauty Recipes
Anti-Acne Spinach Face Mask
Spinach is very effective at clearing up acne. A spinach face mask will remove dirt and oil from your skin.
- 1 handful spinach leaves
Drop spinach leaves in a blender and add enough water to create a paste, blend on a low speed for a few seconds.
Apply to your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well.
Spinach Juice for Beautiful Hair and Skin
Luxurious hair is a natural result of good nutrition. Regularly eating spinach promotes strong, shiny hair growth and works to prevent hair loss. Because hair loss can often result from a lack of iron, the high iron and folate content of spinach can be a helpful combatant. Try out this tasty juice/smoothie recipe to keep hair and skin extra-healthy.
- 1/4 cucumber
- 1/2 tomato
- 1 carrot
- 1 celery stalk
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1/2 cup cabbage
- 1/4 cup water
- Handful of spinach
Blend all ingredients well, and drink one glass a day for healthy, beautiful hair.
Originating in the Americas, the sweet potato was domesticated more than 8,000 years ago. Some say that Christopher Columbus brought this nutritious vegetable from its source back to Europe in the late 15th century.
How to Select a Sweet Potato
Check sweet potatoes for bruises and cracks, as well as firmness. Avoid any that have soft spots and only select non-refrigerated potatoes, as cold temperatures can alter the good taste.
Health and Beauty Benefits of Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, which boosts immunity and produces collagen. This is a major benefit to maintain the youthful elasticity of your skin.
Manganese is a natural element that is found in sweet potatoes. This powerful component regulates blood sugar and metabolism, both of which promote healthy weight. Additionally, manganese suppresses the appetite to prevent overeating and reduces premenstrual symptoms.
Sweet Potato Beauty Recipes
Bright Eye Sweet Potato Fix
- 2 slices fresh sweet potato
Place slices over your eyes. The anti-inflammatory properties of anthocyanin will combat wrinkles, reduce puffiness, and get rid of those tiresome dark circles.
Sweet Potato Hair Drench for Dry Hair
- 1 sweet potato
- 2 tablespoons coconut cream
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
Blend until smooth, and apply for 15-20 minutes.
Sweet Potato Face Mask & Toner for Oily Skin
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Boil sweet potatoes and cool. Once cooled, mash potatoes and add honey. Spread mask on face, and let it set for 25 minutes. Rinse well.
After boiling the two sweet potatoes, strain the water and store with a lidded container in the refrigerator. Once the water is cold, use as a natural toner to cleanse pores and absorb impurities. The nutrients from the boiled potatoes will clear your complexion and even out the texture of your skin.
Cracked Feet Sweet Potato Soak
- 2 sweet potatoes
Boil sweet potatoes. Allowing the water to cool only to a warm, comfortable temperature, pour water and potatoes into a small tub. Soak your feet for at least 5 minutes, or as long as you like. The nutrients will help to repair sore cracked feet. For a gentle foot massage, roll feet back and forth over the potatoes while soaking.
Happy Face Mild Sweet Potato Scrub
- 1/2 cup sweet potato cubes
- 1 tablespoon oats
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
Blend all ingredients into a thick paste. Gently scrub skin in circular motions and rinse well. Use daily.
Ginger is a superfood that has deep roots in early medicine. 5,000 years ago, this common spice was considered a luxury by the Indians and Ancient Chinese.
How to Select Ginger
Ginger tubers should be dense, smooth, and fragrant. Avoid any with wrinkles.
Health and Beauty Benefits of Ginger
Among its multitude of uses, ginger assists in combating the common cold and flu, aids in digestion, and is one of the most effective methods of reducing nausea. It too helps to alleviate premenstrual symptoms.
Perhaps the greatest beneficial uses for ginger are in the beauty category; this powerful root revitalizes the hair and skin, and even reduces cellulite.
Ginger Beauty Recipes
Ginger Stimulating Hair Growth and Scalp Treatment
- 2 tablespoons ginger juice
- 6 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 1 shower cap
Combine ginger juice and jojoba oil, mix or shake well. Gently massage into scalp, paying close attention to any thinning areas. Apply shower cap and leave in for 30-45 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
The ginger will stimulate blood circulation in your scalp which will improve hair texture and promote growth.
Ginger Shampoo Super Booster
- 1/3 cup minced ginger
- 1 cup all natural shampoo
Simply add the ginger to your shampoo and shake well. This revitalizing shot to your shampoo will add strengthening moisture and shine, creating rich and glossy hair.
Sweet & Spicy Stir-fried Sweet Potatoes Over Rice (for Totally Gorgeous Hair and Skin)
After all those sumptuous beauty recipes, it’s time to make a delicious dish that you can easily incorporate into your regular diet. Satisfy your appetite while you improve your health and maintain your beauty regiment.
- 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 piece (about 1 inch) fresh ginger, minced
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 cup water
- 1 lb. spinach, roughly chopped
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Add cumin seeds, and stir continuously for 20 seconds. Stir in onion, garlic, and ginger and cook for about 5 minutes.
Next, stir in cayenne, paprika, cinnamon, and salt. Add sweet potatoes, and stir until coated. Add water, and stir to loosen any browned drippings. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
Uncover skillet and increase heat back to medium. Stir until sauce thickens. Incorporate spinach leaves, and stir until wilted.
Serve over a bed of rice.
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