Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Tuesday Ten: Food For... Beauty?

In my opinion, a healthy, natural and glowy face is much prettier than a face caked in makeup. Makeup is meant to enhance and hide not change. But of course, we're not all blessed with clear skin and nourished Kate Middleton-esque hair, are we. So here are the top ten food to fight acne breakouts and food to achieve healthy, shiny hair.

  1. Carrots - Foods that give your body vitamin A give your body a healthy glow. Make sure you have a daily intake of carrots as they contain bete-carotene which enhances the benefits of selenium, a powerful antioxidant. 
  2. SalmonAnything rich with Omega-3 fatty acids like Salmon, sardines, mackerel and walnuts will also give skin a healthy, dewy glow. These food help reduce inflammation, which hide the visibility of pesky spots! 
  3. Almonds - Almonds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids which give an instant glow to skin. Almonds contain vitamin E, selenium and magnesium.
  4. Fruit & veg - Well, everybody (and you all know this!) must have at least 5-9 fruits and 3-5 vegetables a day. Fruit and veg contain numerous essential vitamins and minerals. Each day you should have an apple (and four other fruits) and carrots (and then 2 other vegetables).
  5. EggsThis amino acid which is eggs is known to give your body a healthy detox and promote hair growth (yes, really!) by actually increasing the thickness of each individual strand. Eggs also contain vitamin E.
  6. Green Tea - Green tea helps to burn fat, boost metabolic rate, it prevents bad breath and can fight against allergies. It's also proven to reduce over-acting glands (acne-prone areas) which help to reduce spots, for a brighter and clearer complexion.
  7. Watermelon - All melons boost your immune system and strengthen your cell walls. These foods help protect your skin from acne scarring and activate healing powers to amend irritated or damaged skin. Watermelons are, obviously, high in water content which free your system of toxins as well.
  8. Walnuts - Walnuts are the best thing for luscious, nourished hair. They contain zinc, which helps prevent hair shedding. Keep this snack around for mid-day munchies…and watch your hair go nuts (in a good way).
  9. Whole grainFoods like white bread, white rice, white refined flour, French fries, and mashed potatoes are some of the worst things to have in your diet if you want clear skin. Stick to whole grains. 
  10. SpinachIt’s no surprise that antioxidant foods are great for your health, but they also give your skin an extra dose of goodness too. Spinach is an antioxidant rich food which attacks free radicals in your body that cause skin damage and breakouts.


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