How to Eat Your Way to a Glowing Skin
It’s no news that most ladies like me are desirous of much more than just a blemish free skin, but a radiant and glowing skin as well as it makes all the difference.
When the routine advertisement with the fab model displaying her fab skin comes on air, for a moment we get wrapped up in the euphoria of being her. But suddenly, the advertisement comes to an end and you are rudely awakened to the reality of the state of your skin!
If you have ever doubted the possibility of a radiant skin, then this tips by renowned associate nutritionist Jo Lewin is for you! It is true when they say ‘You are what you eat’. According to Jo Lewin, when you eat the correct balance of food, you feed your skin with the nutrients needed to help it stay soft, supple, radiant and blemish free. If that is the kind of skin that tickles your fancy, then get these guides.
Eat fruits and vegetables.
These contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect the skin from damage usually caused by free radicals introduced into the body through smoking, pollution and sunlight. Make fruits and vegetables your best friend. Aim for at-least 5 portions a day. E.g. Pumpkin, Carrots, Sweet, Potatoes, Papaya, Spinach etc.
Include Vitamin C in your meal.
This is also an antioxidant that is needed for a strong immune system, radiant skin and helps blemishes heal properly. They also produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin. E.g. Blackcurrants, Blueberries, Broccoli, Guava, Kiwi, Oranges, Papaya, Strawberries.
Include Selenium in your meal.
These are also powerful antioxidants that work alongside such antioxidants as Vitamin E and C which are essential for the immune system. Selenium-rich meals protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium. 4 nuts will provide the recommended daily amount required. Mix Brazil nuts with Vitamin E rich meals as a snack or salad sprinkle. Other sources include; Fish, Shellfish, Eggs, Tomatoes and Broccoli.
Include Vitamin E.
This protects skin from oxidative (cell) damage. It also supports healthy skin growth. Eat Vitamin E rich foods such as Almonds, Avocado, and Hazelnuts.
Drink lots of Water.
The skin needs lots of moisture to stay flexible. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily to get the glow your skin desires.
Go for low Carbohydrate meals.
Snacking often is our undoing! Avoid carbohydrate rich food such as biscuits and sugary drinks that produce insulin which damages the collagen and accelerates wrinkles. Eat plenty of beans, porridge and other slow-releasing carbohydrates. These release sugar into the bloodstream, gradually providing a steady supply of energy that leaves you feeling satisfied long enough and less likely to nibble on snacks.