Diet is one of the most important factors for glowing skin. It boosts metabolism, helps in healthy skin growth and development, regulates acid-alkaline (pH) balance in your body, and many more. A good diet can make you look years younger than your actual age! Make sure to avoid these foods which diminish your glow:
Avoid Eating Junk Food
Junk foods, such as French fries and burgers contain a lot of oil which only clogs your skin pores and makes it look dull. If you have to eat something from a fast-food restaurant, order a simple salad with fresh veggies and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Skip the cheese and creamy dressing.
Avoid eating processed meats such as salami, meat pasta, sausages, and ham. These foods contain preservatives with carcinogens which can lead to cancer. Also, avoid liver and dried fish such as codfish. Fish is a good source of protein but it contains higher levels of mercury than other food which is harmful.
Don’t Eat Fried Foods
Fried foods contain trans fatty acids which are difficult to digest. They absorb toxins from your body and slow down the digestive system, hence you tend to gain weight in certain areas of your body (mostly in the abdomen) that make you look older than your age. Also avoid deep-fried foods, i.e., samosas, pakoras, etc. Try to eat baked or grilled food instead.
Don’t Eat Foods that Don’t Digest Easily
Some food items, such as bananas and baked potatoes contain resistant starch. They only get fermented by the gut flora (bacteria in your intestines) which make you feel bloated. Make sure to avoid these foods
Drink Plenty of Water
Your body is made up of 60% water. Drink around 8 to 10 glasses of water every day, because your body is always trying to maintain its balance by releasing toxins through urine and sweat. Water also helps in carrying nutrients and minerals throughout the body. Water regulates your internal temperature and gives a cooling effect to the brain. It also keeps skin fresh and soft!
Fruits and Vegetables
Good food equals good skin. Eat around 5 to 9 servings of fruits and veggies every day to boost your natural glow! They are rich in minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants which can rapidly rejuvenate cells throughout the body.
Experts also suggest including fresh salads with raw or steamed veggies during lunch and dinner. They also recommend eating fresh melons, cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes in your breakfast or dinner. Make sure to include green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, etc., because they are rich in iron, chlorophyll, and calcium which help glow your skin from within!
Avoid Cooking with Olive Oil
Olive oil is a healthy oil but it doesn’t work well for cooking. It turns carcinogenic and toxic when heated or fried in olive oil. Always bake, boil or grill your food instead of deep-frying them with olive oil. Use canola oil, sunflower seed oil, or coconut oil for baking and stir-frying purposes.
Don’t Drink Coffee
Drinking coffee regularly can lead to dark circles and puffiness. Coffee dehydrates your skin from the inside so make sure to avoid it as much as you can.
Don’t Drink Black Tea
Black tea is acidic in nature and contains tannin which acts as an astringent for your body. It doesn’t let the nutrients get absorbed by your body, hence slowing down your metabolism rate. Drink green tea or white tea instead which are rich in antioxidants and aid in detoxification.
Don’t Eat Processed, Canned, or Cured Foods
All the above-mentioned foods are made from processed ingredients which have a lot of preservatives and toxins that can be harmful to your body. Stick to fresh foods as much as possible!
Do not use Soaps or other Harsh Cleansers on your Face
Harsh cleansers can strip your face of its natural oils and lead to dryness and breakouts. Always wash your face with lukewarm water, especially after working out or sweating in the sun. Then dab a cotton ball soaked in rose water (available in most pharmacies) on your face and leave it there for 5 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
Use Sunscreen with a Minimum of 15 SPF
Make sure to apply a sunscreen lotion or cream before going out in the sun even if it’s cloudy. We tend to stay indoors during monsoons and forget that UV rays can still penetrate through clouds! Use a sunscreen that is water-resistant and has vitamin A, C, and E.
Don’t avoid Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are important for skin growth and nourishment. Avoid refined carbs such as white sugar which might lead to inflammation in your body that looks very aging. Instead of junk food, prefer healthy carbs such as brown rice and whole-wheat bread.
Don’t Eat Overripe Fruits
Avoid eating overripe fruit such as bananas which contain more sugar than required for your body. Instead of bananas, you can eat ripe fruits with dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach or fenugreek leaves.
Use these tips in your daily diet and see the changes it makes to your skin. If you think that there is no change in your skin even after changing your diet, make sure to meet a doctor for proper advice. A good diet not only tightens loose skin but also prevents you from various deadly diseases such as cancer, heart attack, and other diseases.