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Ever wondered what gives some people the beautiful glow on the skin? Expensive skin care or just the right diet?
Good health and the right kind of diet reflect on your skin. A number of foods can give you the glow that you always wanted. Enough has been written about the effects of junk food on the weight but a lesser known fact is that it also gives you a dull complexion and lifeless hair. So choose your food wisely and get the skin and hair you have always wanted.
Fish for Hydrating and Nourishing The Skin And Hair
Recent research has confirmed that fish keeps you away from a number of diseases and health problems. Apart from keeping you healthy, it also keeps you beautiful. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) in fish have the most beneficial effect on the hair and skin. Since the body cannot make Essential Fatty Acids, it is important that we get it from the diet. A diet rich in fish and fish oils not only keeps your skin healthy, it also reduces the wrinkles later in life.
Fish such as sardines, tuna, prawns and salmon are good sources of EFAs. If you are a non meat eater you can also take nuts and seeds and their oil, soy beans, sesame, rapeseed, walnut or flax oil.
When you increase the amount of good fat in your diet, remember to reduce the amount of bad fats like saturated and trans fats.
Colour Your Diet for Smooth Skin
Too much sun, stress and chemicals can cause oxidative damage to the skin. Coloured foods have antioxidants that destroy the free radicals and keep the skin looking fresh and smooth.
Vitamin C from citrus fruits helps to reduce the dark circles under your eyes. It also activates fibroblast cells, which make collagen that keeps the skin firm. Vitamin E is known to ease the swelling and redness associated with sunburns. Swelling causes the stretching of skin that in turns leads to wrinkle formation. Vitamin A switches on DNA that is in charge of producing new skin cells and shedding old ones.
All these vitamins can be got from coloured fruits and vegetables like kiwi fruit, oranges, mango, honeydew, papaya, peaches, blueberries, butternut squash, carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, methi and mustard leaves.
Other sources of antioxidants are green tea and... Hold your breath.... dark chocolate!
The Famous Four for Blemish Free Skin
Both calcium and zinc help in eradicating pimples. The anti-inflammatory properties of zinc help in reducing pimples and acne. Zinc and iron help in the development of hair follicles and a deficiency of these nutrients may cause hair fall.
Selenium is another antioxidant that protects us from free radical damage and prevents dry skin. It also helps in strengthening the immune system and fights infections.
For a diet rich in these minerals include cereals, meat, seafood, cheese, eggs, mushrooms, Brazil nuts, beans, whole grains, wheat germ, turkey, cheese, nuts, mushrooms, green leafy vegetables, dried apricots, fortified cereals and milk and milk products into your diet.
Finally The All Important - Water
According to Aprajita Mahendiratta, Nutrition Expert; we go to great lengths to keep our skin looking great but often forget the easiest step. Water clears our body of all the toxins and plays a vital role in keeping the skin free from eruptions Don’t forget to drink up to 8 glasses of water in a day. This washes the toxins out of your body and keeps your skin clean and clear. It also refreshes your skin and keeps it supple. You need not go overboard with water as drinking access water has no additional benefits.
All That Your Skin Hates
Most importantly, don′t forget to cut down on oily and sugary foods, caffeine, junk food and alcohol from your diet and see the difference!