It’s no news that like me most ladies desire more than just a blemish-free skin, but a radiant and glowing skin that makes us look flawless from the inside out. So when the routine advertisement with the gorgeous model displaying her fab skin comes on air, we get wrapped up in the euphoria of being her for that brief moment. As soon as 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 radiant skin, then these tips by renowned associate nutritionist Jo Lewin are sure to change your mind. 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, healthy, radiant, and blemish-free. So, if that is the kind of skin that tickles your fancy, you must start implementing these tips today.
These are the types of food you must eat for healthy glowing skin…
#1. Eat fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect the skin from the damage usually caused by free radicals introduced into the body through smoking, pollution, and sunlight. Aim for at least 5 portions a day that you can incorporate into your main meals. Invest in carrots, potatoes, spinach, pumpkins, among others. It’s time to make fruits and vegetables your best friend.
#2. Include vitamin C in your meal
This is also an antioxidant needed for a strong immune system, radiant skin and helps blemishes heal properly. They also produce collagen that strengthen the capillaries that supply the skin with blood. Foods like blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi, oranges, papaya, and strawberries are good sources of Vitamin C.
#3. Eat foods rich in selenium
This is also a powerful source of antioxidants that work alongside other vitamins like Vitamin E and C essential for the immune system. Selenium-rich foods protect against skin cancer, sun damage, age spots and aid healthy glowing skin. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium. Mix Brazil nuts with Vitamin E-rich meals as a snack or salad sprinkle. Other sources include fish, shellfish, eggs, tomatoes, and broccoli.
#4. Include vitamin E in your diet
This protects skin from oxidative (cell) damage. It also supports healthy skin growth. Eat Vitamin E-rich foods such as almonds, avocado, and hazelnuts.
#5. Drink lots of water
The skin needs lots of moisture to stay flexible. So drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily to get the glow your skin desires.
#6. Go for low carbohydrate foods
Snacking oftentimes is our undoing! So avoid carbohydrate-rich food such as biscuits, cookies, and sugary drinks that produce insulin, thus damaging collagen and accelerating wrinkles. Instead, eat plenty of beans, porridge, and other slow-releasing carbohydrates. These release sugar into the bloodstream gradually, hence providing a steady supply of energy that leaves you feeling satisfied long enough and less likely to nibble on snacks.
Did you know that many other foods and herbs can restore different parts of the human anatomy to their optimal states? In addition, natural remedies could be quite effective at curing bodily ailments that even pharmaceutical drugs may not treat. To read a comprehensive piece on The Benefits of Herbal Medicine, including key facts, a list of medicinal herbs and the diseases they cure plus a tutorial video, visit natural-herbal-
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