Whether it was 2010’s New Years Resolution that we still have not started, or being instantly motivated for those mere few hours after watching the Victoria’s Secret show, we’ve all been there and done that when it comes to dieting, weight loss and looking at the link between diet, nutrition and beauty and how they are all correlated.
Nutrition is central to having and maintaining healthy and glowing skin. However, nutrition doesn’t just include a proper diet but more-so taking preventative measures to develop healthy habits and a healthier lifestyle.
Let’s take a look at the tips that really work:
Healthy skin begins with water intake. The average amount of water consumed per person depends on physical activity and weight of the person but you should be aiming for at least 7 glasses a day. The body and skin both rely heavily on water. In fact, water composes to 50-70% of the body’s weight so it makes sense that it would affect not only your overall well-being but also your complexion. The physical effects are immediate such as clear and unclogged pores, healthy hair and a glowing complexion.
Including foods rich in antioxidants act as fuel for your body, giving you plenty of energy, reducing fatigue and headaches as well as giving your overall appearance a vibrant boost. Foods high in antioxidants lower inflammation and bloating and protect the skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells.
If you want to hold onto your youthful radiance glow, do not overlook the importance of minerals. A diet rich in minerals enhances collagen content, maintaining vibrant skin. Foods high in minerals include spinach, coconuts, kelp, cashew nuts, sesame and poppy seeds.
Many people overlook protein as a significant part of your diet, but protein plays a vital contribution towards the glossiness of hair, nails and skin as well the undeniable importance that your body needs protein to function properly. However, proteins don’t just come from meat, they also include green leafy vegetables, pumpkins, kale, legumes and nuts.
Eating healthy shouldn’t just be a dietary restriction it should be a lifestyle. And from the tips mentioned above, it is clear that the saying ‘You are what you eat’ should be taken quite literally here. A diet rich in nutritious foods will make you glow from the inside out.
By Stephanie Turek