Food that makes you beautiful
It is essential to follow a healthy, balanced diet at all times (with the occasional treat of course) but there are some foods, packed with the right vitamins and minerals, which are particularly good at restoring radiance and keeping you glowing at all times.
Here is our list of top foods that will keep you beautiful – and save you a fortune at the same time.
There is a reason why adverts for beauty creams market their products as being rich in collagen. Collagen is a protein that is already part of the make-up of our skin. Basically, it is responsible for the strength of our skin – so the more of it the better. There are many antioxidant-rich foods that are known to promote collagen levels in the skin and among the best are thought to be berries, particularly blueberries, and dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale. So tuck in.
Vitamin C Vitality
Your body can not produce vitamin C on its own, but it is vital to your health and wellbeing. It is also very effective at promoting collagen growth and working with other nutrients to keep you looking fit and healthy. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, which means it fights nasty free radicals – from smoking, pollution and other factors – which can lead to premature ageing. The best way to get high doses of vitamin C into your grateful body is through your diet. Contrary to popular belief, oranges are not the best source (though they do of course pack a pretty substantial vitamin C punch). Make sure your diet is full or broccoli, strawberries, kiwi fruit, tomatoes and peppers. In fact, a diet rich in a wide variety of fruit and vegetables means that you will have the Vit C base well and truly covered.
Visions of beauty
Few people realise how big an effect their diet has on the health – and appearance – of their eyes. A diet lacking in vitamins and minerals will put you at greater risk of eye damage or even serious eye conditions such as cataracts. A healthy diet, on the other hand, will protect your eyes from premature ageing and keep them looking fit and bright. Once again, foods that are rich in antioxidants, particular vitamins C, E and A are key. Most fruit and veg is full of antioxidants and the darker their colour the richer they are in the stuff. Foods that are known to promote good eye health are carrots, kale, spinach, mangoes, almonds, peanuts and broccoli.
Dry or ridged nails are a sure sign that you are not eating as well as you should be. In fact, any negative change in the colour or texture of your nails usually indicates a vitamin mineral deficiency. Vitamins A, B, C and D and protein are all thought to contribute to good nail health, but the main foods to focus on are those that are rich in calcium and zinc. White spots on the nail are thought to indicate a lack of calcium in the diet, so make sure you eat lots of dairy products such as cheese (not too much as it’s high in fat!), milk and yoghurt as well as salmon (and other types of oily fish), spinach, broccoli, almonds, peas and green beans. Oysters and shellfish, meanwhile, are an excellent source of zinc, as are bran and wheat germ, pine nuts and eggs.
While eating well and taking good care of yourself is sure fire way of looking your best, you should also try and eat plenty of raw foods. Cooking fruit and vegetables is of course a great way to infuse your frame with essential vitamins and minerals, your ingredients will lose some nutrients in the process. Eating foods raw keeps all the goodness in, so you don’t miss out.
Whatever your lifestyle, and no matter how hard you try to stay healthy, our body will always come under attack from factors out of our control. Pollution, second-hand smoke and of course eating the wrong foods all means more free radicals in our body. Free radicals attack cells and can cause disease and speed up the ageing process. The best weapon against these nasty compounds is antioxidants, found in most fruit and vegetables as well as red wine and dark chocolate. Usually, the darker the food the better, and the top sources of antioxidants are thought to be raspberries, prunes, blackberries, artichokes, cranberries, blueberries, and red kidney beans.
The most powerful substance in the battle against wrinkles, rough nails and brittle hair is not something you need to go to your supermarket to buy and it is certainly not an expensive cosmetic. Humble tap water should be your number one way of looking and feeling great. Dehydration will leave your skin dry and flaky, while you will also be more prone to headaches and lethargy. It is recommended that we all drink 2.5 litres a day (about eight glasses), so keep a bottle on your desk or at home and keep filling it until you have drunk enough every day.