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Sometimes it can be difficult to take care of our beauty. Food can affects us, hormones do affect us, and stress plays an important role as well. But let’s see what food can be our ally in this battle for looking glamourous. In this article I will present you my top 10 beauty foods I love:
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera contains vitamins such as A, E, and B and minerals that are essential for skin health and beauty. This is why it is my first beauty food. Plus that you can consume aloe vera internally to benefit from most of its anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. Try to integrate it into a smoothie next time. You can also try and apply it topically on the skin (gel). It can be applied to the skin and your hair. It has great nourishing properties. You can buy aloe vera as a plant or as a ready to use gel.
Almonds are my second favourite beauty foods. They are rich in linoleic acid (omega 6) and vitamin E. These two work together to maintain the skin nourished and well hydrated. A handful of almonds contains around 30% of the amount of vitamin E we need daily.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene (here is a healthy source if you need to take some extra), they are anti-oxidants that prevent the premature ageing of the skin. Beta-carotene helps in summer because it protects the skin against UV damage. Beta-carotene converts into vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A helps cells to regenerate. You can consume carrots in a variety of ways, such as juices, smoothies, and salads, or you can go for other beta-carotene rich foods, such as sweet potatoes or winter squash.
4. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are rich in omega 3, iron, magnesium and potassium. It has anti-oxidant properties and reinforces the immune system. It regulates glycemia and stabilises cholesterol. It regulates the appetite and fights against ageing processes.
Every morning, when you wake up, drink a fresh lemonade (1/2 squeezed lemon in a glass of warm water). It helps detoxify the liver. Rich in vitamin C, it also helps to maintain the skin healthly and radiant. You can also use a bit of lemon diluted in 200 ml of water to reduce the appearance of pigmentation marks. It can also be used when washing your hair. This will give a natural shining effect to your hair.
Blueberries are rich in vitamin C and E. They are essential in ensuring the firmness and soupleness of the skin. Try and add them to a smoothie, in your breakfast or just eat them as a snack.
7. Wheat germs
Wheat germs are particularly rich in vitamin E and B (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6). Wheat germ is ideal to maintain the suppleness of the skin and it facilitates cells renewal. You can make a powder and sprinkle them over your foods.
8. Bone broth
Bone broth is perhaps the most popular source if collagen. Simmering animal bones in water, this process is believed to extract collagen.
“Since bone broth is made of bones and connective tissue, it contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin, amino acids, and many other nutrients,” Davidson says. Check here for more.
Eggs are known to be rich in nutrients, such as proteins, vitamins and minerals. The yolk contains fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin D and E), and essential fatty-acids. Most of the protein is found in the egg white.
Eggs are said to support heart health, weight management and eye health. It also contains choline, it is a nutrient important during pregnancy and breastfeeding because it helps the brain development of the newborn.
10. Fatty fish
Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and herring, are excellent foods for healthy skin. They’re rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for maintaining skin health. Fatty fish is a good source of vitmain E, which makes a good anti-oxidant. Omega-3 fatty acids also helps reduce inflammation in the body.
Seafood contains a good amount of proteins, which is essential to keep the body healthy.
Lastly, fatty fish also contains zinc. Zinc regulates the following:
- overall skin health
- the production of new skin cells
Beauty foods are real. Maybe it seems too easy for you, but taking some easy, consistent steps will have a big impact on your health. Start with baby steps and things you can change in your diet. It is a good idea to begin with something you add in your diet than with something you take out from it. Restrictions are never easy.
Switching to some healthier options won’t be always easy, but try and aim for 80% of the time. And you will see the difference in the way you feel and look.
If you are into nutrition and healthy food, why not read this article? You will discover the best foods for a glowing skin. Who doesn’t want one?