They say "You are what you eat!". We couldn't agree more. The foods you eat on a daily basis reflects on your skin and your health.
High intake of processed foods will make your skin dull and more prone to acne and your metabolism will start to slow down thus making your body lethargic and unhealthy. At the same time a regular intake of fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, lean meats, etc will automatically increase your metabolism and make your skin glow and make you look and feel younger.
The key to maintaining healthy body and skin is to have a balanced diet and make it a part of your daily lifestyle. Here are some of the foods that wil make you want to skip those fake Instagram filters and show off your healthy body and glowing skin:
Research has said that moderate intake of coffee (2-5 cups a day) has shown to reduce type 2 diabetes, support brain health, may promote weight management, lower risk of depression, could protect against liver conditions and supports heart health. Coffee is also proven to be great for the skin. It is a great source of nutrients and antioxidants. Coffee used in face mask is great for cellulite reduction, anti acne, anti ageing, dark circles, after sun care, etc.
Dark Chocolate is surprisingly very nutritious. Quality dark chocolate is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and a few other minerals. It is a powerful source of antioxidants which may help lower some forms of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol when combined with other foods like almonds and cocoa. It helps reduce heart disease risk and protects your skin from sun. It is also said to improve brain function. Of course this doesn't mean that you can binge on dark chocolate as it is loaded with calories. A square or two after dinner is the perfect amount to get the required nutrients from it.
Hazelnuts are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Hazelnuts have antioxidants that acts as anti-inflammatory. The Vitamin E in hazelnuts moisturizes and hydrates the skin. It conditions the skin, making it soft, smooth, and radiant. It acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting it from the harsh UV rays.
Oats is considered as one of the healthiest grains on earth. It is not only gluten free but it is a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Amongst its many health benefits, some are weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and a reduced risk of heart disease. Oatmeal is a great home remedy for soothing dry and itchy skin. Ground oats can also be added to your face mask as it works as a exfoliant removing dirt, oil and dead skin cells. It cleans and moisturizes your skin and reduces inflammation. It works great for kids' skin as well.
Packed wit nutrients, sunflower seeds are actually fruits of sunflower. These mildly nutty flavored seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc etc. They contain high protein content and aid in weight loss. It is great for your skin as well. Antibacterial and antifungal activity of these seeds prevents infections, thus keeping our skin clear. It also helps in formation of collagen and elastin, speeding up wound healing. They also prevent the formation of scars.
We have read the numerous benefits of having green tea on a daily basis. Regularly drinking green tea can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of several diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Drinking 3-5 cups of green tea per day seems to be optimal to reap the most health benefits. It also has a very high caffeine content so drinking it in moderation is advisable. Drinking green tea or using it in a face mask - it does wonders for your skin. Green tea protects against skin cancer, fights premature ageing, reduces redness and irritation, treats acne and moisturizes skin.
Olives are very rich in antioxidants that may contribute to a variety of benefits, such as lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Some studies have shown that olives may protect against osteoporosis, in which bones become brittle or weak. Olives are also rich in vitamin E, which can improve skin health and help your immune system.. Olives may aid weight loss but they're high in salt and fat — and eating too many of them may offset your weight loss success. Olive oil has shown remarkable results in treating damaged skin, as well as improving and maintaining our skin. It helps reduce dryness, wrinkles, eczema and psoriasis, and helps in cell regeneration.
Combination of healthy food, drinking water and keeping yourself hydrated and a good skin care routine can do wonders for your body and skin. Though lets face it, every once in a while we crave for some delicious junk food and dessert. So indulge yourselves every now and then with your favorite treats for a happy mind.
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