NATURAL BEAUTY: SKIN TALK - BEAUTY FOODS + A RECIPE
THE UNDERRATED RADISH
Today on Skin Talk, I want to delve into one of my favourite vegetables, The Radish, as I think they're underrated, yet can have such a huge impact on our skin, joints, tissues, tendons and overall health + glow. I believe the whole sulphur family (cruciferous, onions, garlic, arugula, etc..) is missed when talking about healing. Don't get me wrong, I'm a massive fan of collagen, and all that it offers, but believe sulphur to be just as crucial for tissue, and skin repair + maintenance.
My gut tells me that radishes get a bad rap. Not for any particular reason, but mostly because it gets overlooked at the market. People are either confused as to what to do with them, how to add them into their regime, don't like the taste, or have no idea what they're good for. I hope to shine some light into their healing benefits, because they do just that, heal.
Red radishes are super amazing for your skin mainly due to their high sulphur, silicon and vitamin C content, which work together to form new connective skin tissue, and make your skin glow...pretty fast.
They are also very high in content of vitamin A, zinc, phosphorus, and water, which also work synergistically to create a more moisturized and younger looking skin.
Radishes are also great detoxifiers:
They support cleanse the liver and gallbladder thanks to sulphur-based phytochemicals that are able to increase bile flow, which help improve digestion and release enzymes that defend us from viruses and toxins.
Sulphur (sulforaphane) is now being used in cancer treatment, so it's proven to by a highly beneficial antioxidant, clearing out / detoxing the body of free radicals
It's required for the synthesis of glutathione - again, one of your bodies most important, and potent antioxidants, critical for all processes that go on in your body
More on radish magic:
Aids digestion and helps with constipation
Aids in treating conditions such as jaundice as it can remove excess bilirubin from the liver.
Helpful in treating rashes, eczema, and acne.
It’s antioxidants help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
The Watermelon Radish:
So unassuming from the outside, resembling a parsnip – but slice it open to find a brilliant fuchsia core that resembles that of, well, a watermelon. Also sometimes referred to as a Beauty Heart or Rose Heart the Watermelon Radish is an heirloom variety of the Chinese daikon. Those long and white vegetables that can be just as unassuming as the WR! Compared to other radishes, expect these brilliant babies to be a bit milder and sweeter than regular, and much larger, averaging about three inches in diameter. Generally, their flesh is hotter toward the outside and sweeter toward the center. This is great for individuals who find the above, too spicy.
Crunchy and sweet, with just a hint of spice and a flavor, this radish is reminiscent of jicama. But most of all – it’s simply gorgeous! I couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s honestly the prettiest vegetable I’ve ever seen.
Radishes have been revered as a powerful food throughout history. It’s said the Greek physician Androcydes ordered his patients to eat radish to avoid getting intoxicated, which makes sense given they stimulate the function of our livers and digestion. Along with Beets, these are another great ‘liver loving’ foods. Radishes and their leaves are an excellent source of vitamin C (skin brightening + collagen building), while their leaves are also a good source of calcium.
Studies have found radishes can aid the body in the lowering of cholesterol, blood pressure and chances of getting certain cancers. Who knew? Such an unassuming veggie, with so much power.
This just reiterates the message of never, ever judge a book by its cover. Beauty will always lie within.
Let's dig into this super simple, yet highly nutritious salad recipe, that will get you loving radish's
RADISH KALE SALAD
*Buy organic when / if possible
What You Need:
-Big head of kale (I always buy organic kale)
-Bunch of red radishes
-1 Watermelon radish
-Handful sun dried tomatoes
-Broccoli sprouts or any sprouts you have on hand
-ACV - Apple Cider Vinegar
-De-stem kale, rinse and place into a big bowl
-Put in 2-3 TBSP's of Nutritional Yeast
-2 TBSP's of Tahini
-2 TBP's of ACV
-Squeeze of half a lemon
-Sprinkle of pink salt
-Massage the heck out of kale! This is my favorite part. I love getting hands on with my food. I'm a big believer in sending love and energy into my food. Corny, I know. But it works for me :)
-Cut up both types of radishes (If you want to make this a warm salad, you can roast the radishes before, but I like them raw).
-Soak sun dried tomatoes if they are dry (mine where)
-Sprinkle with toppings
-Add a generous portion of sprouts
IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO DELVE DEEPER INTO YOUR BODY, MIND AND SOUL, WHILE USING NUTRITION, FOOD AS MEDICINE, REPROGRAMMING YOUR MINDSET, ADVISORY INTO YOUR TRUE INNATE SELF, AND TO TAKE YOUR HEALING TO THE NEXT LEVEL, I WOULD LOVE TO BE THERE FOR YOU. LET'S CONNECT.