Attaining that Healthy Glow

Spring is just around the corner. So what is one of the best things about spring and summer? The sun of course, and that healthy glowing tan! Personally, I am very guilty of trying to be out in the sunshine day and night and soaking up those wonderful warm waves! But, we all need to be careful in the sunlight. Especially depending on the type of skin that you have; you need to be very careful with the treatment and care of your skin. So all this is leading up to wearing some type of sun block; even just a little bit will definitely help protect your skin.

So as I said, I love the sun and I love being in the sunshine. But there are ways to attain this “healthy glow” by the types of foods that we eat. Beta Carotene is a pigment and mineral that is found in many different fruits and vegetables, giving them their vibrant colors. But besides being a pigment, once it is ingested, two things will happen. It will be either converted into Vitamin A or it acts as an antioxidant. And just to be clear, one of the main purposes of antioxidants is to fight free radicals in the body. So that’s amazing in and of itself and a good reason to munch on those sweet orange vegetables!

These are just some of the reasons beta-carotene is a wonderful thing to be sure that you are getting in your whole food diet. It also helps support skin health, eye health, and cardiovascular health. But to go back to the healthy glow, ingesting beta-carotene will actually help give a healthy glow to your skin! The pigment that gives the vibrancy to the vegetables, does the same for your own skin!

Let us now combine the two! Go outside, be in the sunshine (protect yourself with some type of sunscreen), soak up some natural vitamin D and be in the light! Then, when you come back inside for a snack, load up with beta-carotene filled fruits and vegetables. These would include any and all of the following: Carrots, sweet potatoes, oranges, butternut squash, mangoes, rainbow chard… etc. The more colorful the fruit or vegetable, the more beta-carotene as well as other antioxidants!

So, really, its very easy to get that healthy spring/summer time “glow.” It doesn’t mean to go in a tanning bed and fry yourself, it means eat lots of healthy vibrant foods and spend some time in nature. It is so simple and it makes you feel wonderful. So enjoy, soak up the light, and be Vibrant!

About the Author, Rachel Priest: After growing up in Knoxville, TN, Rachel moved many times with her family and then continued to travel the world globally through the years. After struggling with an 8 year long battle with eating disorders, Rachel finally found her freedom and self acceptance and love through the practice of yoga and rock climbing. Rachel promotes self-love and acceptance to all students, especially those who struggle with creating a positive self-image for themselves and their life. Rachel believes that through loving your body and the world, we can all create a positive and fulfilling life with the understanding that we are all already a perfect being.

Rachel currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches at various gyms and studios in the area, promoting the idea of self love and acceptance. Beyond teaching, Rachel is a beach bum at heart and loves the waves and ocean and soaking up the sun. www.rachelpriest.com

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