When we talk about functional foods or “superfoods”, we usually mention chia seeds, maca powder and spirulina. But some of the most beneficial foods that we can eat and use in beauty products are not as glamorous as these, but are so regular in our day to day that we do not see them as something spectacular, but in reality they are: we are talking of citrus. According to the experts, we give you 7 ways these fruits help your health and beauty:
1. They fight infections
Grapefruit seed extract can be used to fight infections and get rid of unhealthy bacteria that inhabit the body. In addition, citrus fruits are full of folic acid, a type of B vitamin that can prevent kidney disease and spina bifida in fetuses. Good kidneys filter the blood well, remove waste, and regulate electrolyte balance. Keeping electrolytes in balance helps prevent dehydration and dry skin.
2. They help you get rid of cellulite
Especially the grapefruit. They are rich in vitamin C, which stimulates the production of collagen and helps the skin maintain its elasticity.
3. Improve your immune system and digestion
Vitamin C is an excellent cold fighter, and potassium (present in high concentrations in citrus fruits) stimulates brain and nerve function, as well as regulates blood pressure. Lemons also help digestion and eliminate toxins present in the blood.
4. Get your metabolism off to a good start
According to experts, the enzymes and phytonutrients present in large amounts in citrus fruits, can burn additional calories, being an ideal addition to your exercise plans or even rest.
5. They brighten and smooth your skin
Citrus fruits are a rich natural source of vitamin C, which helps destroy free radicals present in your body, giving your skin a radiant glow and rejuvenating it from the inside.
Citrus essential oils provide cleansing benefits for the skin as well as anti-inflammatory benefits, making them extremely advantageous for removing blemishes and even scars. These oils not only clean, you can also deodorize, as they help to inhibit the odor produced by bacteria.
7. They lift your spirits
Try citrus as an aromatherapy to lift your spirits. Citrus oil helps relieve signs of stress and fatigue, promotes relaxation, and lifts your spirits. A bath with soaps, foam and citrus candles will be beneficial for your senses and skin.