Functional Foods for Beauty and Health
Y’all know I’m studying Functional Nutrition, right?? As I’m learning and testing new functional foods out to benefit both beauty and health, I figured I’d share some of my findings with you.
I was excited to try Foursigmatic’s Mushroom Lemonade mix for a few reasons:
- It’s challenging to drink down plain activated charcoal (and even scooping/measuring it out of my 1 lb bag. is a bitch)
- I wanted to ADD more Functional Mushrooms to the ones I already use in my superfoods shake, and it’s also a bit difficult to take due to the flavor.
- I’d like to say I am a Nutritional Angel, but I’d be lying, because BALANCE AF, so there are often times I need a quick way to detox from something I ate the night before or after a trip (like all the jamón I had in Madrid last week)…
So when I say I am FAB-tasticly excited to use this one for the deliciously salty, tangy flavor, and for its detoxifying and beautifying elements it’s an understatement, fo’ sho’!
What makes these ingredients “functional” you ask?
The Mayo Clinic states “Functional foods are foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition.” Essentially, instead of looking solely at foods from a macro-nutrient level (carbs, proteins, and fats) we look at foods from a micro-nutrient level (vitamins and minerals). This way they are assimilated into the body, down to a cellular level. Because the body (and cells) are being fed better, you can reduce disease and gain optimal health.
Chaga is a powerful functional mushroom that can boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, reduce blood sugar and cholesterol, enhance liver health and slows the aging process down.
Activated charcoal benefits include improved digestive health, detoxification, anti-aging, and heart health. It works by binding to toxins and poisons in the body and flushing them out.
Lemon, full of Vitamin C, also has detoxifying powers, along with pH balancing and anti-bacterial properties. It also supports the heart, the immune system, and helps your skin.
You can see why this elixir can truly make a difference as a “functional” health supplement in benefiting both overall wellness and beauty.