As we welcome the cooler months, some of our favourite Autumn fruits are strating to appear on shelves. This round up of eight health and beauty boosters will get you looking and feeling your best from the inside out and the outside in.
Not only will one a day keep the doctor away (or so we’re told), it will also keep the dentist at bay! Biting and chewing apples stimulates saliva production, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria in your mouth.
For extra pearly whites, try adding a dash of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water each morning. With its potassium and calcium content, apple cider vinegar can help to prevent brittle teeth and bones, runny noses and hair loss; while its malic acid makes it a fantastic anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.
With their high water content, figs have wonderful cleansing and rehydrating properties.
Try mashing the pulp of a fig and applying it to soothe skin inflammations such as acne, abscesses and ulcers. Plus, your face will smell divine!
Grapes, particularly the red ones, are packed with beauty-boosting antioxidants like flavonoid, resveratrol, and tannin, which help to fight free radicals and maintain youthful and glowing skin.
Not only do grapes make an easy, refreshing snack; but because they’re rich in amino acid they can help to improve the skin’s elasticity and prevent wrinkles. To discover they’re power from the outside in, try mixing a bowl of crushed green grapes with a tablespoon of honey and applying to damp, sunburnt skin for about 10 minutes.
Kiwis aren’t just cute and fuzzy, but also the richest source of vitamin C – found to be four-times more powerful than a cup of blueberries. This makes kiwis a wonderful stimulant for the growth and repair of tissues, collagen formation, wound healing and even skin pigmentation.
Since kiwis are also rich in enzymes, they may help you to wake up faster if they’re part of your breakfast.
We couldn’t possibly ask you to tuck into a bowl of sour lemons regularly, but a glass of filtered water with a tasty twist of lemon each morning will do you wonders. One daily glass of lemon water will help balance your body’s pH levels, purge the toxins in your body that can make your feel sluggish, improve acne and skin discolouration, ease digestion and lower your stress levels.
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If you struggle to drink your 8 glasses of water each day, watermelon help fill the gaps. Because it’s mostly water (surprise, surprise!), watermelon will help keep you stay hydrated and therefore minimise dry lips, promote better sleep, lift your mood and prevent poor coordination.
Staying well hydrated will also help keep your kidneys in peak condition, so that they can filter all the nasties out of your body – and that’s good news all ‘round!
Peaches can help restore luster, vitality and beauty to tired skin, with their moisturising and regenerating properties.
To make a softening face mask, combine the flesh of one peach with an egg yolk and spread it over your face for about 25 minutes, then rinse well with warm water.
For healthy hair, eat a pear.
Ripe pears contain natural sugar alcohol named ‘sorbitol’ or ‘glucitol’, which feeds the hair roots, nourishes the scalp and keeps the hair moisturised in order to make it healthy. You may find including pears regularly in your diet will help to reduce dryness, tame frizz and promote strong, shiny hair.
There you have it – eight great reasons to keep your fruit bowl well stocked this Autumn.