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Feb 7, 2017

The 5 amazing benefits of kiwifruit for skin and health

Are you making kiwis a regular part of your diet?

Big things come in small packages. The kiwifruit is a tiny powerhouse packed full of vitamins and nutrients – it not only helps you feel healthier, but can also amp up your beauty game.

A superfood of goodness

The kiwifruit, also known as the Chinese Gooseberry has a low GI Index. If eaten on a regular basis it can:

Balance pH levels: Our daily lives – especially if we live in a city – can create a lot of acidity in our bodies. Pollution, poor diet and stress are all culprits for an unbalanced pH. If ignored, inflammation and fatigue levels can increase in our bodies, leaving us more susceptible to falling ill and developing skin problems. So what’s the best way to fight back? By eating kiwis, which are known to be an ‘alkaline’ food - they help the body flush out toxins. If eaten on a regular basis pH levels will become balanced again.

Aid in digestion: Next time you want something sweet after dessert, reach for a kiwi. It’s a great source of fiber and the enzymes in the fruit help break down your food better, so you’ll digest it faster.

Lower blood pressure: Kiwis are high in potassium, which balances electrolytes and regulates blood pressure – it’s also a great source of lutein, an antioxidant that fights free radicals. It’s a winning combination for your body and skin which keeps things under control!

Help you sleep better: You can improve the quality of your sleep by eating two kiwis each night 1 hour before bedtime. They’re high in serotonin and according to a study they can help you stay asleep longer by lowering stress and anxiety levels. And we all know what a good night’s sleep can do for your skin!

Give you gorgeous glowing skin: Kiwis are supercharged in Vitamin C - 273% of the recommended daily amount which is even higher than oranges! Vitamin C not only strengthens the immune system, but also helps the body produce collagen and keep skin soft and smooth (goodbye wrinkles!). This fruit is also high in Vitamin E, which fights free radicals.

How to get your daily kiwi fix

Kiwis are yummy on their own, but they can be paired with lots of different foods and eaten at every meal:

For breakfast: Add some kiwi slices to cereal or yogurt for an extra special treat.

For lunch: Toss some sliced kiwis into a green salad with avocados and vinaigrette.

For dinner: Make a kiwi mango salsa and use it on top of chicken, salmon or shrimp – you’ll be glad you did!

The kiwi’s such an extraordinary fruit – maybe the new expression should be ‘’a kiwi a day will keep the doctor away’’!

February 07, 2017