Be Beautiful With The Right Diet:
Flawless Skin, lustrous hair and sparkling eyes. Give your body good food and guess what it gives you in return? Beauty and health. Beauty? Yes – soft, glowing skin, twinkling eyes, healthy, lustrous hair! And, how exactly? just like the other parts of our body, our skin, hair, nails and eyes. too need specific nutrients. Include them in your diet and watch the mirror get friendlier. Of course beauty products do help, but not without some help from our diet. Try some of these super foods.
Olive Oil:For a dewy, healthy look, olive oil is useful as it is packed with antioxidants that help skin pores stay clear, repair skin and prevent further damage. The omega-3 fatty acids It keeps wrinkles away. As little as two or three tablespoons per week are sufficient. Use olive oil to stir-fry vegetables, flavor pasta dishes or dress salads.
Berries:Strawberries, raspberries, currants, blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes and cranberries are loaded with antioxidants. They reduce the negative effects of the sun’s harsh rays on skin, hair and eyes. In particular, they improve sight. Grab a handful of berries every day and see the difference.
Essential Fats: A lot of us have dry, flaky skin only because we don’t eat enough (at least four teaspoons or 20g) fat a day. Healthy fats contain essential fatty acids (such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) that help cells maintain their fluidity, flexibility and functionality – and healthy cells make for a healthy glowing skin. Fish, flaxseeds, beans, nuts and olive oil are all rich in essential fats as opposed to butter and lard, which sustain wrinkles. Try a spoonful of flax seed in your breakfast cereal.
Proteins:A protein deficient diet can cause thinning of hair and even slow growth. Similarly, skin cells need a constant supply of protein for growth and repair. Eat a lot of meat, chicken, fish, eggs, pulses, milk and nuts. Fish packs a double punch of protein combined with health-building essential fatty acids and natural oils. Soy protein – as in beans, flour, nuggets, or tofu – has been found to strengthen hair and stimulate its growth. In addition, soybeans are low in fat, rich in essential fats and vitamin E. They also contain estrogen, a hormone which stimulates connective tissue and promotes healthy skin.
Seafood:The oils it contains nourish our appearance. Fish is a great source of essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 and omega-6 that add luster to hair, glow to the skin and preserve sight. Salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna contain the most EFAs. Fried, baked, gravied or grilled – try to fit fish into at least one of your daily meals, if you are a non-vegetarian.
Nuts:Groundnuts, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and so on are Nature’s most concentrated food sources and particularly high in Vitamin E. This vitamin promotes skin health and provides lots of benefits for growing, vibrant hair. Snacking on 8-10 nuts during the day, is a handy key to beauty.
Vitamin A-Rich Foods:Vitamin A is good for healthy eyes and vision and is also an important weapon in protecting our skin from the effects of environment and aging. Plus it helps keep our skin soft and wrinkle-free. Vitamin A is present in milk and milk products, egg yolk and meats. Also broccoli, beans, bell peppers and peas as well as green leafy vegetables are loaded with this. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables – papaya, apricots, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes – contribute carotene, which converts into Vitamin A in the body. In fact, the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day can adequately meet the ideal requirement of Vitamin A. Fish liver oils – both shark and cod – are concentrated sources of the vitamin.
Citrus Fruits:Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, limes are packed with Vitamin C, an antioxidant that promotes cell repair and growth. It protects the eyes from the harsh effects of the sun and maintain the robustness of skin to prevent wrinkles. Drink lots of lemonade, add a dash of lemon to salads, soups, lentils, curries. Snack on fresh oranges, melon and berries. Tomatoes and red peppers are also rich in vitamin C.
Drink Water:That is the best way to ensure that you look good. Water keeps the skin well hydrated and washes away all toxins and other impurities from the body. How much? At least 8-10 glasses a day.
Unfortunately, the things we enjoy most in life – delicious food and an erratic lifestyle – are the most harmful for our health and consequently our looks. Potatoes, sugar, white breads, white rice, white pasta are all harmful to us. Instead we could opt for whole grain breads and brown rice and whole-wheat pasta. Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, tea/colas and recreational drugs also weaken our health and should be avoided.
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