It’s true that you can enhance your beauty just by eating some foods but that’s not all there is to it. There are some foods that also perform wonders on your body, including boosting your immune system, giving your hair a glossy shine, smoothing wrinkles and strengthening flimsy nails. Here are some very good tips to have glowing skin.
“Your diet directly affects your day-to-day appearance and plays a significant role in how well you age,” said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.
According to Zeichner, the smart approach is to create a plan that includes what he calls “the building blocks of healthy skin and hair” – nutrients, minerals and fatty acids – as well as antioxidants to protect your body from damaging environmental stresses.
Here are 4 foods that you will need for this plan:
Omega-3 fatty acids (found in the natural oils that keep your hair hydrated) and vitamin E (which helps repair damaged follicles) are two secrets behind strong, lustrous strands—and these nuts are full of both, Lipman said. All you need is 1/4 cup a day.
What’s more, walnuts are packed with copper, which will help keep your natural color rich: Studies show that being deficient in the mineral may be a factor in going prematurely gray.
Drinking a cup of coffee every morning doesn’t just give you the bright start you need to start the day but also helps protect your skin from melanoma (the fifth most common cancer in the U.S.), according to a recent report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Researchers found that the more coffee people downed, the less likely they were to get the disease: Those drinking four cups daily had a 20 percent lower risk of developing malignant melanoma over a 10-year period than non-coffee drinkers.
“This antioxidant compound gives watermelon and tomatoes their red color—and helps skin stave off UV damage,” said nutrition pro Keri Glassman, RD, founder of NutritiousLife.com.
Researchers believe that the melon contains as much as 40 percent more of the phytochemical than raw tomatoes; that’s the equivalent of an SPF 3, so use it to bolster (not replace) your daily dose of sunscreen.
Your fingernails (toenails, too) are made of protein, so a deficiency can turn those talons soft. Keep yours thick and ready by cracking smart: “Eggs are a good source of biotin, a B complex vitamin that metabolizes amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein,” said Dr. Frank Lipman, director of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City.
Use of cucumber is also beneficial for your skin and health.
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