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September 24, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 2

15 Foods to Feel Your Sexiest

By Christina Pasternak More Blogs by This Author

Most of us already know an undeniable correlation exists between eating and drinking our fruits and veggies and living longer, healthier lives. Food is our power source. It can fuel and nourish us, protect us from disease, promote mental clarity, and rebuild our bodies. And, thats not all. Food can transform us into our most beautiful and sexy selves. Its true!

Because we are, indeed, a shining example of what eat, why not give our bodies the nutrients they need to glow with visible, vibrant energy? The first step to looking and feeling your sexiest is aligning yourself with nature to unlock your greatest physical potential while simultaneously enhancing your beauty. By doing so, your body will literally glow with gratitude Soft, smooth, blemish-free skin will become a reality. Your eyes will brighten, and dark circles will become a flaw of the past, while your hair and nails will grow in thicker, stronger, and healthier. Sounds sexy, right?

So where do we start?! The most important step is to begin incorporating an abundance of high-alkaline plant foods into our diet, which supply the body with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and enzymes -- all the nutrients required to look and feel naturally beautiful and sexy. This includes plentiful amounts of greens, fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Abundance is key here. Less is not more in the world of plant-based eating. The more food we eat in its naturally perfect state, the more beautifully balanced well become. This, my pretties, is the secret to unlocking our sexiness.

The exciting news is that there are some top performers in the world of beauty foods. By making them staples in our diet, we will inevitably reap their benefits. Heres my lineup of these sexy little superstars.

#1. Coconut: for Soft, Supple Skin

Coconut is commonly used in Ayurveda to promote healing and rejuvenation of dehydrated skin. Coconut in all forms (including its meat, water, and cold-pressed, unrefined oil), contains nutrients required for soft, supple skin. Coconut water contains lauric acid, iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, and it naturally destroys viruses, bacteria, yeast, and fungi, making it a remarkable natural treatment for chronic candida, acne, and other skin conditions. Try my Lemony Coconut Macaroon Bites for a beautifying little treat.

#2. Avocados: for Smooth, Shiny Hair

Rich in monounsaturated fats, avocados are excellent skin rejuvenators and moisturize us from the inside out. They are also abundant in skin-nourishing nutrients, including vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as potassium, copper, and iron. Avocados have an impressive amino acid profile, which are the building blocks of protein in our body. Personally, I enjoy a small avocado every day in my green smoothie or spread onto toast with tomato slices and cracked black pepper. So. Delicious.

#3. Spinach: for a Youthful Complexion

Spinach is high in beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is imperative for preventing wrinkles and promoting youthful skin, as well as alkalinizing our body and assisting in detoxification. Spinach is also high in vitamin K, manganese, calcium, magnesium, zinc, folate, and selenium. Not only that, spinach is rich in amino acids and contains about twice the amount of fiber as other leafy greens, making spinach a super sexy superfood! Spinach is a staple in my diet, eating two pounds a week in my smoothies, salads, and wraps. Since it has such a mild flavor, its an easy green to start with if youre new to Hooverin some greens.

#4. Figs: for a Healthy Glow

The teeny tiny seeds of figs are little pros at cleansing the digestive tract, which is a crucial component of ridding the body of waste, mucus, and toxins. When our body is free from internal blockages, our beauty really begins to surface and shine. I like adding figs to smoothies to pulverize the seeds for better absorption of their stored antioxidants and bioflavonoids. Theyre also delicious on their own, just be sure to chew, chew, chew those beautiful babies!

#5. Sweet Potatoes: for a Good Mood

Sweet potatoes are an easily digested starchy root vegetable that are lower in sugar and higher in fiber than their other starchy counterparts. They contain remarkable levels carotenoids and beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A within the body. Sweet potatoes are also rich in biotin, vitamins B2, B6, and E, as well as an excellent source of iron, potassium, copper, manganese, and folate - all nutrients needed to look and feel our best.

#6. Cucumbers: for Silica-Boosted Radiance

Sweet, refreshing cucumbers are naturally high in water, B vitamins, enzymes, electrolytes, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium, all of which help to nourish our bodies and promote radiance from within. Cucumbers are also rich in extra-special silica, particularly in their skin, which is crucial for promoting that sexy glow every woman desires. Lay slices on your eyes to reduce puffiness and snack on a bowl while they work their magic!

#7. Pineapple: to Fight Off Gas and Bloat

This sweet, juicy fruit contains an enzyme called bromelain, which assists with breaking down our food, reducing gas and bloating (not sexy), and removing toxins from the bloodstream. Not only that, pineapple helps to improve circulation and reducing mucus in the body, is an effective anti-inflammatory, and is high in vitamin C and manganese. My Pineapple Powerhouse Smoothie is a sexified start to any day!

#8. Walnuts: for a Sexy, Sharp Mind

As Ive explained before, the key to eating fats is providing the body with more omega-3 fats and less omega-6 fats. Too much omega-6 fat, which is predominantly found in vegetable oils and animal products, has been found to contribute to heart disease, stroke, autoimmune diseases, skin diseases, depression, and a higher susceptibility to cancer (again, not sexy). Omega-3s promote flexible and fluid body functions, enhance moisture, and help to eliminate waste. Walnuts contain a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids than any other nut and are also rich in vitamin E, are high in protein, fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, and copper.

#9. Turmeric: for Optimal Circulation

In Ayurveda, turmeric is praised for its health and beauty benefits. It contains curcumin, an antioxidant flavonoid present in this vibrant yellow spice that is well-known for its anti-inflammatory effects. Turmeric is described as a powerful blood cleanser, which is required for increased circulation and tissue healing. By eating more turmeric, your skin will begin to take on that glowy, supple look youve always wanted. Personally, I like to juice turmeric root to ensure Im getting the freshest possible. However, pre-ground turmeric (found with the spices at the grocery store) can be added to juices, smoothies, salad dressings, soups, etc. I also like to add a teaspoon of ground turmeric and cinnamon to a cup of warm almond milk with a little raw honey for a warm, soothing drink on a chilly night.

#10. Apple Cider Vinegar: for Better "Sexy Food" Absorption

Raw apple cider vinegar is potent, as evidenced by its flavor and smell! No pain, no gain, Sexy! This well-known digestive aid helps to cure constipation and stimulate hydrochloric acid, a stomach secretion required for optimal digestion. Why is this so important? Without effective digestion, we cannot fully assimilate the nutrients of the food we eat. What a bummer it would be to know were not getting the most out of all the beauty foods weve been eating. Apple cider vinegar can help with that! Mix a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink 20 minutes before a meal to help with digestion, as well as first thing in the morning on an empty stomach to stimulate a bowel movement. Remember, keeping everything moving in our body is the key to optimal health. Internal blockages and constipation only get in the way of getting our glow on.

#11. Lemons: for a Sweeter Smelling You

This friendly, bright citrus fruit is loaded with vitamin C, contains immune-boosting properties, balances our bodys pH by alkalinizing the blood, is an effective digestive aid, promotes healthy skin, and is a natural healer. Warm lemon water has become my favorite way to start the day. It gently stimulates digestion and rids the body of any toxins that may have accumulated in the digestive tract overnight. All you need to do is squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a cup of warm water (not too hot, and definitely not boiling). Make it a habit for this to be the very first thing you put into your body in the morning. If warm lemon water is not your thing, lemon can be freshly squeezed into ice water with meals, onto salads, etc.

#12. Pumpkin Seeds: for Clearer Skin

Due to their high zinc and sulfur content, pumpkin seeds promote thick, healthy hair, as well as fight acne and other skin imbalances. These seeds are also an excellent source of protein, vitamins A, C, E, and K, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, and iron. Raw pumpkin seeds can be blended into smoothies, munched on throughout the day as a snack, sprinkled onto salads for an added crunch, or mixed into quinoa and rice dishes for a textural delight.

#13. Blueberries: for Anti-Aging

Blueberries contain the antioxidant anthocyanin, which can be attributed to this berrys deep blue hue, as well as its ability to strengthen our eyes. Blueberries also contain carotenoids and flavonoids, vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, zinc, and phosphorus. Of all the fresh fruits, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels, which is crucial in warding off aging and disease.

#14. Celery: to Fight Fluid Retention

A potent detoxifier, celery aids in the elimination of toxins from the body through our kidneys and liver. It is also a natural laxative and assists in flushing out excess body fluids, meaning less puffiness throughout our body, even in our face and under our eyes. Grab a bunch and munch away to fight off unflattering fluid retention and slim down instantly.

#15. Kale: the Ultimate Feel-Sexy Food

Kale has been described as the king of greens because its truly a nutritional powerhouse. This dark, leafy green can typically be found on any list of foods promising life-changing health benefits. It is superior source of amino acids, which build protein in the body. It also contains significant amounts of manganese, iron, copper, and calcium. Kale is also loaded with carotenoids and flavonoids, which protect our cells from free radicals and oxidative stress. Kale, like most dark leafy greens, is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, which fights inflammation and keeps our body strong and resilient. In other words, kale is sexy!

The Game-Changers

We now knowthat the food we eat has the ability not only to supply us with the nutrients required to live longer, healthier lives, but they also have the life-changing ability to make us feel truly beautiful and sexy from the inside out. Its really that simple. So, eat these beautifying foods mindfully and with purpose. With each bite, you are gifting your body with something nobody can take away from you: Your health, your sparkle, your sexiness. Enjoy!

Sources:

Snyder, K. (2013). The beauty detox foods. Ontario: Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.+

Wood, R. (2010). The new whole foods encyclopedia. New York, NY: Penguin Books, Inc.

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