Foods That Make You Glow
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. We have heard this saying since time immemorial. But, it still holds true. Beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within. Older cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones and a steady supply of micronutrients is essential to support this rapid growth. Your skin is the largest and most important organ known to your body. It has a tough job filtering toxins that you are exposed to as you move about your day. Smog, UV rays, and second hand smoke are just a few of examples. Your skin also works to hold moisture in your body so you don’t become dehydrated. Skin protects your blood and organs from germs to keep you healthy, and it even protects your bones and muscles from damage when you happen to bump into things or sit out in the sun too long. Because your skin protects every single part of your body, it only makes sense to take good care of it. There are common messages about looking after your skin – sleep well, avoid stress, use sunscreen, but eating the correct balance of foods will feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple and blemish-free.
- Amla or Indian gooseberry: Full of vitamin A, amla helps in increasing the collagen production which is essential to keep your skin looking taut and glowing. The best way to eat amla is to consume it on an empty stomach in its juice form, early morning. This will slow down the degeneration of collagen and also help the body produce more.
- Omega-3 fatty acids – contained in the likes of oily fish such as salmon, flax seed and walnuts. Skin cells are surrounded by a layer of fat and it’s important to get enough healthy fats to nourish your cells. Having a diet high in omega-3 fats helps your skin look radiant and adds softness to your complexion.
- Pomegranates: The high vitamin content and abundance of tannins in pomegranates promotes food all around health, and they promote smooth skin that is free of fine lines. Juiced pomegranates are super tasty when combined with greens. The juice can be enjoyed as is or blended in smoothies. Pomegranate seeds are awesome in salad too.
- Vitamin C is a super antioxidant. It is needed for a strong immune system, radiant skin and helps blemishes heal properly. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. They all help to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin.
- Skin needs moisture to stay flexible. Even mild dehydration will cause your skin to look dry, tired and slightly grey. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day – all fluids count towards your daily allowance, but water is the best. If you work in an office, keep a large bottle of water on your desk to remind you to drink. Herbal, caffeine-free teas are good too. Try to avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, both can age the skin.
Don’t hesitate to try anything new. Eat well and be well!