Spring is the perfect time to eat radishes; this is their natural season to shine. Their skin-feeding nutrients are the antidote to winter weather conditions that leave our skin dull. The natural anti-inflammatory properties of radishes restore, balance and refresh your skin.
Radishes are high in vitamin C to aid in brightening your skin. The antioxidant function of vitamin C will help restore radiance and build collagen for a clearer complexion. The vitamin and mineral composition of radishes is broad. Rich in zinc, it will help with acne or eczema. These nutrients will help re-establish equilibrium in your body, improving your metabolic rate and giving you energy.
These peppery snacks are also high in water content, helping you rehydrate and adding to your rejuvenated look. I love the crunchiness of radishes. They are a great substitute for a bowl of chips; you can’t just eat one. I personally can’t eat a steak taco without them. Not only are they fueling your skin, but they have the most striking spring colors. A great way to brighten up your table and salads.
Because of the sulfurous elements of radishes, it’s best to pair them with fats such as avocados, macadamia nuts, olives, olive oil, flaxseed oil, and coconut oil. The fats will help digest the spicy sulfur compounds. And vice-versa, the spicy sulfur compounds will help break down fat. So, try pairing your radishes with healthy fats to create balance.
Radishes can be added to so many things. Here is a simple salad full of skin-brightening ingredients.
Simple Radish Salad
½ a cucumber
Handful of arugula
Handful of watercress
A handful of alfalfa sprouts
Pinch of fresh cilantro, chopped
Pinch of fresh parlsey, chopped
1 tbsp of oil (flaxseed, coconut, or olive oil)
½ a lemon, juiced
Slice the radishes and cucumber in very thin slices. I like to use a mandolin. Place them in a large bowl with the greens and herbs. When you are ready to serve, pour the oil and lemon juice over the salad and toss together well.
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