Fit Minute | Why Pumpkin Promotes Anti-Aging

pumpkin_adobestock_117487967‘Tis the season for pumpkin! Here are the nutrition bullet points that make them well worth eating:

  • Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene (an important antioxidant).
  • Beta-carotene (a bright orange plant pigment) is converted to vitamin A in your body.

Vitamin A is for Anti-Aging

Foods rich in beta-carotene:

  • May reduce your risk of developing certain cancers.
  • Offer protection against heart disease and some degenerative aspects of aging, including cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Keep your skin soft and smooth. Vitamin A rebuilds body tissues and helps control the production of sebum (oil) that lubricates your skin.  If you’re deficient in this vitamin, you’ll end up with dry, scaly skin.
  • Destroy free radicals, that is, the by-products of oxidation from normal metabolic processing. These little scavengers cause cellular damage and are responsible for aging skin.
  • Attack the free radicals that break down your skin’s elastin and collagen – the vital components of youthful, firm and resilient skin.

pumpkin-seeds_adobestock_24256286Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) are a good souce of fiber and healthy fats and an excellent source of iron — especially for vegans. A handful of pepitas (about 85 little seeds) contain about 1 mg. of iron. That’s about 4% of the recommended amount of iron you need each day.

Iron is essential due to its oxygen-carrying capacity. An iron deficiency can impair muscle function, normal function of the nervous and immune systems, and can limit your work capacity during exercise.

Apple c heart symbol_40x54Fit Tip: Roast and season pumpkin seeds and kernels for a bone-building high-fiber snack. To spice them up, sprinkle them with garlic powder, cayenne and smoked paprika. Also, try some Super Moist Pumpkin Bars for a boost of vitamin A!

Fit TV | Best Diet for Your Skin – Part 2

VIDEO: Healthy skin needs essential minerals and fats to do its job and to look its best. Find out which ones you need and where to get them.  Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter, provides an overview of the key minerals and essential fatty acids necessary for healthy, youthful and radiant skin. Producer/Editor: Karen Owoc. Director of Photography: Michael DavichTheHealthReporter.tv

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Orange Fountain-of-Youth Foods

The spectrum of colors that line the produce aisle — from robust red to vibrant orange to every shade of green — contain fruits and vegetables rich in nutritious organic pigments. To get a broad range of nutrients in your diet, eat foods in all colors and varieties. On your next excursion to the supermarket though, be sure to specifically shop for the color orange. These sunny foods are essential for firm, youthful and healthy skin. Here’s what’s good in them:   Continue reading “Orange Fountain-of-Youth Foods”

Fit TV | Best Diet for Your Skin

Producer/Host: Karen Owoc   Director of Photography: Michael Davich

Expanded transcript from video… You may have heard the saying, “Great skin begins from within.”  Well, it really is true.  The skin is the largest organ of the human body and has to work hard to perform all its functions and still look its best.  Your skin regulates your body temperature and provides protection, absorption, secretion and sensation.

To do its job, you need several essential vitamins, minerals and fats.  In this segment, we’ll zero in on the vitamins and teach you the ABC’s and E’s of good skin nutrition.   Continue reading “Fit TV | Best Diet for Your Skin”