How To Get Naturally Glowing Skin Through What You Eat And Drink : By Anne-Marie O’Shea, nutritionist and Head of School of Nutrition at Future Fit Training. She had developed and created all Future Fit’s Nutrition courses.
What to eat more of :
Have a handful of nuts each day
As well as providing essential fatty acids which keep your skin supple, they also contain vitamin E which protects skin from oxidative damage. Don’t worry that this will have an adverse effect on your waistline as numerous studies show that nut consumption is not associated with weight gain.
Aim for 5-10 fruit and veg per day
Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that protect skin from the cellular damage caused by sunlight and air pollution. Air pollution in many parts of the UK is above safe levels and this can accelerate skin aging. A diet rich in antioxidants can help combat this. Eat as many colourful fruit and veg as you can each day and be sure to include good sources of vitamin C such as blackcurrants and citrus fruits, plus good sources of beta carotene such as squash and sweet potatoes.
Eat more coloured vegs
Carrots and any other carotenoid-filled vegetables contain beneficial antioxidants that can protect you from diseases, including reducing your skin’s sensitivity to the sun as research shows. Also, carrot, beetroot and orange drinks help with this because they are full of zinc, potassium, iron and folic acid which are all known for purifying the blood that further leads to glowing skin.
The benefits of Manuka Honey
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand and it contains high levels of two antibacterial substances, hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal. Methylglyoxal is unique to Manuka honey and gives it its unique infection-fighting properties. When applied topically to the skin it aids wound-healing, which leads to glowing skin.
The most famous British actress Helen Mirren recently bought a property in Salento, Southern Italy, and started cultivating hundreds of pomegranate trees. This is because pomegranate juice has the double benefits of purifying the blood and reducing ageing cells. In fact, it can help regenerate cells faster to show a younger and beautiful skin.
What to avoid more of :
Sugar and refined carbohydrates cause a spike in insulin levels which leads to inflammation. Over time this can damage the collagen and elastin in your skin leading to a loss of firmness and elasticity. Instead get your carbs from beans, pulses, wholegrains and vegetables. These tend to have a lower glycaemic index resulting in lower insulin levels.
Alcohol as a drink or in skincare products can lead to increased bumps and enlarged pores. There are other types of alcohol for skincare that are derived from plants and look completely different than bad alcohol because they do not dry or irritate your skin at all.
These easy to follow tips will help you reduce skin ageing while also lead to a better and healthier skin. Not only that, but your skin will naturally glow!
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