Thursday, November 15, 2007
Posted by Abby
Changes in the weather mean that a lot of us are seeing changes in our skin – often it gets slightly drier, maybe flaky and a little dull looking as autumn gives way to winter. If, like me, you could do with a bit of help, small changes in the way you eat can have a huge impact – beauty really does come from within!
Food which are rich in the antioxidant vitamins and minerals (vitamins, A, C and E plus selenium) will help address any festive over-indulgences, as well as help your body respond to the changes in season. Boost your intake of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids and ensure that your digestive system is working well to help add a glow to your skin.
Up your intake of…
Antioxidants - eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables, particularly:
· peppers, citrus fruits and blackcurrants (vitamin C)
· pumpkin, carrots, mango and apricots (vitamin A)
· avocado, broccoli and spinach (vitamins E)
· brazil nuts, lentils and walnuts (selenium).
Essential fatty acids:
· incorporate oily fish into your diet – salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and trout are all good
· nuts and seeds are healthy snacks – sprinkle them on your soup or muesli, make some seeded bread, biscuits or muffins, add them to a crumble topping. Brazil nuts are full of selenium and most seeds and nuts also containing vitamin e.
· use healthy oils which are high in omega 3 and 6. Flaxseed and rapeseed are particularly good.
Foods that boost your digestion:
· try to eat more wholegrains - wholemeal bread (add some seeds if you are making your own) and brown rice are two easy substitutions to make
· eat legumes, particularly kidney beans (add them to a warming chilli or curry) and chickpeas (make some hummus, adding tahini to increase your intake of essential fatty acids)
· consider porridge or another oat based cereal (make your own muesli or granola) for breakfast – oats contain silicon which helps with collagen production in the skin
At the same time, try to cut back on caffeine and alcohol, both of which will dehydrate you and contribute to your skin looking dull and lifeless.
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