The key to looking beautiful lies in your daily diet
The key to looking beautiful lies in your daily diet

Shahnaz Husain

The key to looking beautiful lies in your daily diet .

The secret to shinning hair and glowing skin is not in those lotions and potions lining the counters at beauty saloons but  It is in nutrient-rich foods in your plate or bowl. A gorgeous, hydrated, radiant skin starts with nourishment from within not in chemical laden costly cosmetics. Your diet affects the health and ageing of your skin. An unhealthy diet can damage your metabolism, cause weight gain and even affect organs such as your heart and liver. The  poor diet contribute to lacklustre skin, dry and brittle hair and wrinkles. The bottom line is that your skin needs the vital nutrients to stay radiant, fresh and glowing  and delicious and antioxidant food contain  beauty nutrients which can have cosmetic benefits as well  which can take our appearance to the next level. A healthy beauty-boosting food can influence your looks and will  have you looking and feeling your best.

A healthy, balanced diet, that supplies the body with the essential nutrients, promotes both good Health and beauty. A smooth, flawless, glowing skin, owes much more to our diets than we know. Nature also provides us with fruits and vegetables according to seasonal requirements. In summer, when the loss of fluids from our bodies is greater, we get melons, watermelon, cucumber, “kakri” and so on, which are high in water content. They help to replenish the loss of fluids from our body. Taking in enough water and fluids stimulates blood circulation and gets rid of toxins and wastes, keeping the skin clear.

The improper elimination of wastes leads to clogged pores and reflect on the skin, in terms of dullness, blackheads, spots, pimples and acne. The diet should be low in fat and high in vitamins and minerals. Keep to a low salt diet. Excess salt leads to retention of fluid in the body and slows down circulation. Sometimes, it can make the face and area around eyes look puffy. It can mean a congested skin that is not clear and lacks radiance. For congested skin, a low salt diet is advocated.

So, drink plenty of water and take the juice of one lemon, in a glass of water, first thing in the morning. Avoid aerated drinks and take fresh fruit juices, freshly extracted and diluted with water. Fruit and vegetable juices not only ensure a supply of valuable nutrients, but are assimilated and absorbed by the body very easily. They also help to cleanse and purify the system, keeping the skin clear and bright. Instead of a hot cup of tea, take iced tea (without milk), adding one teaspoon honey, a little lemon juice and ice. Jal Jeera, taken with ice, can also be a suitable summer drink. Taking enough water and fluids cleanses the body of toxins and wastes. This is bound to reflect in terms of a clear, fresh and radiant skin.

Avoid heavy, spicy, fried foods. Include clear soups, lassi, yogurt, fresh fruits, salads and sprouts in your daily diet. Fresh fruits and salads also contribute to the body’s requirement of water. Vegetables should be lightly cooked. Take enough green leafy vegetables. Instead of having rich desserts, take yogurt with honey, or fresh fruits. These make delicious desserts too. During summer, you can end your meal with lassi. This is not only cooling, but helps digestion too. Cut down on sugar. Processed foods are a no-no. They contain many additives and preservatives, which damage both Health and beauty. Go for simple, natural foods.

Skin problems that are related to bad Health cannot be camouflaged with make-up. Spotty and dull skin are bound to show up. Ayurveda also recommends fresh, organic, nutritious foods that not only contribute to good Health, but give the skin a radiant glow. Most important of all, it will make your feel better. Beauty is not just a matter of how you look, but also how you feel. (C) Kashmir Observer

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