Studies have shown how our food has a direct impact on the health of our skin. Dermatologists all over the world have written about what we put in our mouths may be more important than what we put on our skin! For example, if you don’t eat enough protein, you are depriving your skin of the amino acids that go into making collagen (which makes your skin strong) and elastic tissue (which makes it supple), says well known dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu.
Here are some ideas on some great food that you can incorporate into your diet for that glowing and healthy skin!
1.Spinach – Spinach is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling. It is also a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. You can saute spinach with garlic and olive oil, or the palak paneer, or the spinach smoothie!
2. Tomatoes – Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked or processed. They help the skin to take in more oxygen which delays the process of aging by preventing the formation of wrinkles. Tomatoes are also effective raw – grind it and make a paste out of it and leave it in the mornings while sipping your coffee / tea – and then step out with glowing skin!
3. Walnuts – Walnuts is a powerhouse of vitamin-E and Omega-3 fats – these lock in moisture and nutrients that keep your skin plump and glowing and keeping out toxins that can damage skin cells! Make sure you carry a small pack of walnuts – it is a great way to fill-in hunger pangs too!
4. Quinoa – The protein-packed grain is known for its versatility in the kitchen, but its high level of riboflavin makes it a power ingredient for your skin. It is also a powerhouse of anti-oxidants which is responsible for flushing out toxins and harmful radicals from your body which can help reduce signs of aging. Make a simple paste, apply in your face and your fine lines and wrinkles will look less visible. Riboflavin boosts elasticity and increases the production of connective tissue, which can help tone the skin. The end result: a smooth, younger-looking complexion!
5. Yogurt – Yogurt is packed with lactic acid – which helps reduce dark circles and pigmentation. Yogurt is a great exfoliator – removing all the dead cells that makes your skin look fairer and cleaner, and not forget it moisturizes your skin. Yogurt is an all-around multi-tasker!