Eat your way to fabulous skin

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Shahnaz Husain

You know that old adage “beauty starts from within” You are what you eat. It’s possible to influence your looks simply by choosing specific foods. Your diet plays a huge role in your overall skin. Lustrous and Shinny hair, Radiant and fairer skin, attractive look , hormone balance and more are all tied to what you choose to eat. . A healthy skin reflects how healthy you are on the inside.
What we eat has a direct effect on our skin . Eating unhealthy diet can damage your metabolism, cause weight gain and even hurt organs, such as your heart,kidney and liver while a healthy diet full of good fats, antioxidants, vitamin C, collagen, and amino acids can mean the difference between a fresh, glowing complexion and a tired, puffy, wrinkled one.
So whether you need to treat acne, ward off premature aging, reduce the appearance wrinkles, or fight back against another pesky skin condition, the right diet can be a valuable aid .
The best food should include a mix of fruits and vegetables and boast of all the nutrients that your body needs . It’s not an instant fix but an investment that will benefit you long-term.
Few diet tips will help you nourish your skin from the inside out. Here are our must-eats to help you get your glow on.
Nature provides us with fruits and vegetables according to seasonal requirements. When the loss of fluids from our bodies is greater, we need to have foods that are high in water content, like watermelon and cucumber. As we know, the major constituent of blood is water. It is the fluidity of blood that helps in transporting nutrients, oxygen and even wastes in the body. For instance, hair is actually fed by the nutrients in the blood stream and the proper circulation of blood to the skin surface is important for skin health. Water stimulates the circulation of blood. It not only oxygenates the skin, but keeps it hydrated and also regulates the skin’s natural balance.
Vitamin C rich foods like Lemon, Mango, Broccoli, Oranges, Guava, raw Strawberries is key to immune system helping prevent infection and protect body from diseases . Vitamin C is powerful antioxidants that helps in production of collagen and protects skin from free radical damages . The human body does not store vitamin C, so people need to get this nutrient from their diet every day. It dissolves in water, and any excess leaves the body in urine.
Silica foods are must for daily consumption. Silica plays key role in connective tissue formation and synthesis of collagen .It is also needed for skin and bone health , Vegetables are richest source of Silica foods in human body.. Banana, Oats, Soya Tofu ,Rice,Onion ,Cucumber, Cabbage Raisins, Wheat, Leeks, Green Beans, Brown Rice ,Aloo Palak ,Baingan Bhartha are richest source of silica foods .Silica food help to regenerate tissues and skin, delay the ageing process and supports the binding of water molecules to cells. Water is traditional source of Silicon and all natural water contains dissolved Silica.
The improper elimination of wastes leads to clogged pores and reflect on the skin, in terms of dullness, blackheads, spots, pimples and acne. Fluids and foods with higher water content help blood circulation too. Keep to a low salt diet, because excess salt leads to retention of fluid in the body and slows down both blood and lymph circulation. Sometimes, this can make the face and area around eyes look puffy and dull. 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 with one spoon honey 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 drink to hydrate the system. Taking enough water and fluids cleanses the body of toxins and wastes. This is bound to reflect in terms of a clear, fresh and glowing 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. You can end your meal with lassi. This fulfills your fluid requirement and helps digestion too. Cut down on sugar. Processed foods are a no-no. They contain many additives and preservatives, which hardly contribute to hydration. Go for simple, natural foods.
The body requires fat for energy to protect heart and brain .Some myths are created that eating fat will add inches to your waistline, raise cholesterol, and cause a myriad of health problems. But now we know that not all fat is the same. Avocados ,Cheese,Dark Chocolate,Whole Eggs ,nuts and seeds provide essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple and improving elasticity.
Skin problems that are related to bad health cannot be camouflaged with make-up. Spotty and dull skin is 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.
Cut down your caffeine intake
Enjoying a morning cup of coffee is part of a daily routine for millions of Indian. .Coffee is acidic and contains high level of caffeine which helps kickstart the day with a burst of energy,
The high dosage of acidic caffeine in regular cup of coffee triggers a stress level in the body. Stress hormones, such as cortisol, may increase the amount of oil produced by your sebaceous glands, meaning you can be more prone to breakouts. While coffee doesn’t cause acne, some studies suggest it can make it worse.
Many of us can’t imagine starting our day without a hot cup of coffee or tea. No doubt the caffeine helps kickstart the day with a burst of energy, but caffeine also dehydrates the body and can make your skin look dull and aged. Apart from worsening acne, caffeine also heightens our stress response to keep our body active and alert. The stress hormones, like cortisol, increase oil production in sebaceous glands making our skin more prone to breakouts. Caffeine can dehydrate your skin which can lead to wrinkles and ageing .So it is important to cut down caffeine intake to only 2-3 cups in a day only

The author is international fame beauty expert and is called herbal queen of India