The kiwi plant, Actinidia arguta, is a vine growing perennial. With full sun to light shade and well drained soil, it blooms flowers in late May to early June. It’s a bit smaller than a tennis ball in size. Its fuzzy peel surrounds a green fruit with black seeds and creamy white center. This low calorie fruit has a sweet/tangy taste.
Choose your kiwi carefully. Look for kiwi with no bad soft spots or bruises. Kiwi may have a little give in its touch but should not be mushy. After harvesting this fruit allow it to soften a few days and keep at room temperature or refrigerate. It can store in a refrigerator for 5 - 6 weeks. Kiwi is a powerhouse of nutrition! It has health benefits for the body, inside and out!
- Harvest fruit from organic kiwi plant.
- Cut the fuzzy skin from the kiwi. (the inside peel can be used to exfoliate and smooth skin).
- Slice the green part of the kiwi and eat.
- Toss organic kiwi in salads, fruit tart, yogurt.
- Blend kiwi fruit in healthy smoothie recipes.
- Blend kiwi fruit healthy juicing recipes.
- Eat organic kiwi with complimentary fruit: strawberries, pineapple, mango, orange, etc...
I believe beauty begins from within. What you eat/drink affects your body inside and out, your overall health as well as your skin’s appearance. It’s a choice anyone can make, but sticking to a healthy diet may be a bit more difficult for some than others. That’s okay. Just do something, even in small steps. Before you know it your body will crave healthier foods. You may find yourself soon tossing unhealthy foods aside.
I love to blend organic kiwi in smoothies, especially during the hot summer
months. Kiwi smoothies are packed with nutrition and delicious. Its
sweet/tangy taste is not overbearing when mixed with complementary
fruits or vegetables. Here is one of my favorite powerhouse kiwi healthy
smoothie recipes. You can add or replace this homemade recipe with any of your
favorite fruits or vegetables.
- Coconut Water
- Strawberries or Raspberries
ANTIOXIDANT BENEFITS: (Kiwi has antioxidants!)
Antioxidants seek out and attack free radicals. Free radicals speed up the skin’s aging process. Collagen is broken down and oxygen levels are reduced in cells. Free radicals can show evidence of poor skin conditions: wrinkles, pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions, sagging, discolorations, age spots and other pre-mature aging.
Antioxidants boosts immune system, assists in skin repair, strengthens blood vessels, reverses skin discolorations, reduces wrinkles and protects against sun damage.
ANTIOXIDANT FRUITS and VEGETABLES
apples, avocado, apricot, asparagus, berries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, corn, eggplant, grapefruit, green peppers, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, peach, plum, prune, raisins, red grapes, red pepper, spinach, snow peas, squash, strawberry, tangerine, tomato, yellow pepper.
OTHER ANTIOXIDANT FOODS and DRINK
Beans, Beef, Dairy Products, Nuts, Poultry, Tuna, Whole Grains, Green Tea, Sunflower Seeds
BENEFITS of KIWI - (Body)
Rich in Vitamin K
Good Source of Fiber
Regulate Blood Sugar
Super Rich in Vitamin C
Good Source of Vitamin E
Improve Eye Health; Protect against Macular Degeneration
Good Source of Minerals: potassium, folate, copper and manganese
Improve Cardiovascular, Digestive, Respiratory and Immune Systems
BENEFITS of KIWI - (Skin)
Tighten and tone
Prevent sun damage
Increase collagen production
Inhibit development of melanoma skin cells
Antioxidants Benefits; Reduce appearance of wrinkles, freckles, age spots
BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C -- (Skin)
(Kiwi is super rich in vitamin C!)
Prevent Skin Wrinkling
Strengthen, Firm and Soften
Antioxidants Combat Free Radicals
Allows Development of Scar Tissue
Speed Healing of Small Wounds, Cuts, Burns
CAUTION! Vitamin C is found in many homemade or over the counter skin care products. Vitamin C may be irritating to some. If you experience rashes, redness, small bumps or any discomfort discontinue product use immediately. Contact your health care provider, if needed. Check expiration dates on skin care products. Throw out outdated products. Only buy products that are sealed tightly and properly stored. Store your product in a dark, dry, cool location.
CAUTION! Consuming too much vitamin C can be toxic! Contrary, don't be vitamin C deficient. Maintain a proper balance for a healthier you.
The kiwi plant bears antioxidant fruit with lots of benefits for the body and skin! Looking for more homemade skin care tips? Find them, now!
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