Summer is almost over, and the cooler weather might stop you from spending as much time outdoors as you would like to. While the leaves turn a bright and lively orange, your skin will slowly but surely start to lose its attractive summer tan.
And here’s something that might surprise you: the sun isn’t the only factor that can alter your skin color. A diet rich in carotenoids has been proven to give skin a healthy tanned color and improved texture.1 But that’s not all. As I wrote in my previous blog post titled “What Food Colors Mean to Your Bone Health”, these plant pigments perform valuable functions both for your bone health and your general health.
So today I want to share with you a nutritional secret that will give your skin a beautiful glow while it alkalizes your body and builds your bones.
Bone-Healthy Nutrients that Prevent Your Tan From Fading
It cannot get easier that this: a drink that’s chock-full of carotenoids to help you keep a healthy summer glow through the winter months and build your bones at the same time.
All the ingredients are alkalizing. And except for ginger, they are listed in the Save Our Bones Program as Foundation Foods, thanks to their rich concentration of bone-building nutrients including:
- Vitamin C: a multi-tasking vitamin that’s also a potent antioxidant and crucial for the production of collagen.
- Boron: an important mineral that reduces the amount of urinary calcium and magnesium excreted.
- Silicon: this mineral plays a role in bone and connective tissue development, including collagen.
Besides its delicious and zesty flavor, ginger is notorious for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. So now that you know the benefits, get ready to try my easy-to- make…
Sunless Suntan Smoothie
All you need to prepare this delicious drink is a regular blender. If possible, try to use organic ingredients.
I designed this recipe for 2 servings.
1/2 cup of cantaloupe cubes
1/2 cup of red pepper slices or fresh apricots* (if in season)
1 orange, peeled and segmented
1 cup of carrot juice
1 small knob of fresh ginger (optional)
*Dried apricots are not an acceptable replacement for this drink.
Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth. If you prefer a more liquid consistency, add water to taste.
To Your Health!
1 Heinrich U, Tronnier H, Stahl W, Bejot M, Maurette J-M. “Carotenoid antioxidants improve parameters related to skin structure in humans.” Skin Pharmacology and Physiology 2006; 19:224-31.
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