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Feed Your Skin to Beauty

Feed Your Skin to Beauty“What we eat is what we are” goes the saying. Chosen carefully, food can completely alter the way you look, more so, even the way you feel. Beauty is nothing, but just the health quotient of your skin. Healthier skin is always beautiful. No amount of topical application of the beauty ingredients – at least claimed – can compensate for the healing effect of the healthy food ingested orally.

Skin is constituted of collagen: the protein responsible for making the skin supple and firm. Moreover, one of the end products of the digestive process, the free radicals, they are the reason behind collagen losing its character and pre- mature aging of the skin.

Poor diet – lacking in essential minerals, vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates in the required proportions – can kill the skin texture, apart from affecting the vital processes in the body, the resultant effect of which reflects on the skin. Stress is the third culprit.

Adequately nutritive food is a potent weapon for reigning in all the mentioned causes of the skin losing its beauty.  The effect of free radicals can be neutralized by ingesting ample amounts of antioxidants. Vitamins E, C and A are powerful antioxidants: raw vegetables of all colors are loaded with them like tomatoes, spinach, celery, radish, carrots and so on.

Cooking these vegetables for longer and at higher temperatures disintegrate their structure, rendering them ineffective in fighting free radicals. Cooking food at lower temperatures and for  shorter periods of  time can help  preserve these free radical fighting antioxidants,  and assist the skin  retain its vitality.

Covering the utensil being used for cooking can prevent the loss of the vital nutrients via evaporation. Two to three servings of raw vegetable salad per day, adds sheen to the surface of the skin. Eating foods which help detoxify your body can take years off your skin: drinking lemon grass juice stimulates urination, aiding in flushing out the toxins – waste products – from the blood stream.

Microwave cooking helps preserve the vital nutrients in the food, though some people require re-programming their palate suiting the same. Keep a check on the intake of the amount of fat in your diet. Though fat is an essential additive – in diminutive measures though – to a beauty inducing diet, its intake need to be regulated commensurate with your metabolism and daily energy requirement.

Excessive intake of fat with respect to the amount the body can utilize daily, gets stored in the form of adipose tissue under the skin, giving it a puffy and an unhealthy look. Same goes with sugar, required for instant energy needs, if ingested in access, adds to the fat stored under the skin with similar consequences.

Sugar needs to be avoided altogether from entering your plate, especially the crystallized sugar, consuming which is the most criminal act a diet conscious being can perform. A beauty diet is the one which is devoid of carbohydrate – potatoes, rice and white bread to name few- rich ingredients into it.