The most effective answer to staying beautiful can be found in the grocery store - in fruits, vegetables, fish and other healthy foods that are perfect to add that glow to your face; and also keep you slim and supple. Go on add all these to your weekly diet.
Begin your day with a glass of lukewarm water with a twist of lime and one tsp honey in it. It’ll helps to flush out the toxins from your body and prevent pimples; plus a big boost of vitamin C will keep your skin baby soft too, and increase your immunity. Plus It also helps improve bowel movement, which is important as constipation can lead to pimples, spots and super oily skin.
Have nariyal pani every day. Loaded with potassium (four times more than banana), it also has antioxidants and cytokines that boost circulation and help clear the pores and add luster to your skin. Hawaiians call coconut water Noelani – which means “Dew from the Heavens”. Plus it’s a great moisturizer too - for external application.
Eat Indian gooseberry (amla) for a glowing skin; it helps to detoxify the liver and aids digestion – and is also a good source of Vitamin C and other minerals good for the skin.
Eat eggs (please don't skip the yolk). Yolks have vitamin A which helps the skin repair itself, delivers biotin, a B complex vitamin which is great for your skin, and lecithin which helps soften the skin. The white has a lot going for it too, the albumin in it is super high quality protein which is great for your skin.
Apples pack a greater wallop of antioxidants (polyphenols), especially vitamin C for healthy skin and gums. Remember the polyphenols are five times more prevalent in the skin than the flesh of the apples.
Drink wheatgrass once a day. It’s is a tonic for your skin. It is helpful in boosting the immune system and helping you in warding off or controlling skin disorders during monsoons. A healthy immune system is reflected in a healthy and glowing skin. Wheatgrass is rich in antioxidants and is instrumental in detoxifying the blood.
Yogurt has all the benefits of other dairy foods, plus probiotics that help add healthy bacteria to the intestines (read no acne). Also, it’s an excellent skin food as it assists in the production of collagen, thus helping to reduce signs of ageing.
Snack on these! Walnuts are a delicious and crunchy way to add extra nutrition and flavour to a meal as they are packed with antioxidants. Will keep your skin young always
Sprinkle some wheat germ on your food every day. It provides the B-vitamin biotin, which assists cells in processing fats. If you don't have enough biotin in your body, your skin can become dry and scaly. It also delivers zinc which is helpful too as it helps in the cutting the production of sebum in the body (oily substance) which leads to acne. plus it assists in production of new cells - helps give your skin glow.
Want to keep those wrinkles away? Orange is a very powerful anti-ageing food. The secret lies in its high vitamin C content (one orange can supply up to 116.2% of your daily needs), which is an effective antioxidant.
Salmon -- along with other fatty fish, walnuts and flaxseed -- is high in healthy fatty acids (omega-3’s) that gift healthy skin. Omega-3s also reduce the body's production of inflammatory agents that can damage the skin. Vegetarian? Have flax seeds instead.
(The writer is a nutritionist, weight management consultant and health writer based in Delhi. She is the author of Don't Diet! 50 Habits of Thin People (Jaico) and Ultimate Grandmother Hacks: 50 Kickass Traditional Habits for a Fitter You (Rupa).)
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