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6 Reasons to Eat Pumpkin This Fall Season – And All Year!

During the months of October and November, odds are you cannot go anywhere without seeing orange — pumpkins, that is. Whether it’s the latest flavor at your local bakery, coffee shop or even the neighborhood bar (ever had pumpkin spice beer?), pumpkins are notoriously synonymous with the fall season. But there’s more to this hearty orange fruit than just seasonal cliches. The health benefits of pumpkin are plentiful, making it a smart choice to add to your diet not only this fall, but all year long.

Here are six reasons to think outside the pumpkin pie and reap the benefits of this gourd.

1. High fiber content = weight loss

In short, pumpkin’s high amount of fiber means it can help you lose weight. Fiber slows down the body’s digestive system, making you feel full for a longer period of time, so you eat less. On average, one can of pumpkin has 7 grams of fiber and is low on calories (about 50 per serving).

2. Improved vision

On your next visit to the optometrist, your doctor just might recommend you eat more pumpkin. That’s because, much like carrots (also an orange food; see the connection?), pumpkin gets its color from high levels of beta carotene, a nutrient the body naturally converts to vitamin A, which is essential for eye health. One cup of pumpkin packs 200% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Also, pumpkin antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin can aid in the prevention of cataracts.

3. Immune boosters

In addition to promoting eye health, vitamin A helps fight bacterial infections and diseases in the immune system. Pumpkin’s high level of vitamin C can also help fight that cold that’s been going around your office.

4. Wrinkle-fighting properties

Beta carotene is a supernutrient, in that it also helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays that cause wrinkles. Plus, if you mix 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin with an egg, tablespoon of honey and tablespoon of milk, you have a great 20-minute face mask that exfoliates and soothes the skin.

5. Treat diabetes

Research has indicated that pumpkin can reduce blood glucose levels and promote the body’s insulin production. The fruit’s low glycemic load means it’s a perfect food choice for diabetic patients.

 6. Reduce your risk of cancer

Did we mention that beta carotene is a supernutrient? Well, here’s more proof. It helps fight cancer-causing free radicals, which means pumpkin is good for reducing your risk of certain types of cancer.

Information gathered from an article on CNN.com

How to Get Your Skin Ready for Fall

Everyone’s favorite season is finally here: fall! With fall comes football, back to school, and of course dry and itchy skin from the cooler weather. When the temperature and humidity drops, your skin will naturally become more dry than when you were soaking up the sun in the summer. Here are some ways to protect your skin from the dry weather, as well as prevent dry skin from happening in the first place!

Exfoliate: Get rid of those dead skin cells as soon as they appear by using an exfoliator once a week. Using a scrub for your body will remove the dry skin, as well as give you a silky smooth finish. A great scrub to try out would be a sugar scrub, they are all natural and don’t have any harsh chemicals that will end up drying your skin out.

Drybrush: Going along the lines of exfoliating, “drybrushing” is an effective way to get in there and really scrub out all those dry skin cells. All you do is get a natural bristle brush and work a scrub into your skin and brush away all the gross dead skin. Not only does it dust away the layer of dry skin sitting on your arms, it also buffs away cellulite and stimulates blood flow within your body. Who would’ve known taking care of your skin externally can also helps your body internally?

Get enough rest: We cannot stress enough how important getting enough sleep is! Your body can’t properly function without rest, so how is your skin expected to be flawless? Your skin tells the world you haven’t been getting your 8 hours, so relax with some lavender oils when you go to bed to get your most restful sleep yet.

Moisturize: There’s no such thing as using too much lotion, especially in the fall. Lotion is made up of fats and oils that keep your skin looking fresh and brand new. Moisturizer works in two ways: it traps the moisture that is already in your skin from escaping, and it also adds moisture back into your skin that may no longer be there. Make sure to always keep a bottle in your purse or car, that way you’ll never forget to put it on.