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6 Foods To Eat For Glowing Skin




Poor skin is always the victim of an unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle. And yet we continue to crave for glowing, spot-free skin. While looking for methods to achieve this, you may not have left any stone unturned. From home remedies to cosmetic products, you must have tried every possible thing to get a glowing skin. But there’s one thing that most of you must have missed, and that’s food (nutrition to be specific). What you eat is what your face reflects. This is a major reason why you must pay extra attention to what you feed your body.
While there are certain foods which mess with your skin to a great extent, there are some which help in reducing inflammation and improving your skin’s quality. Experts suggest that including such foods in the diet can help in fighting back complexion woes and can improve the quality of your skin to a great extent.
1. Cooked tomatoes
This bright red-colored fruit can do wonders for your skin. Lycopene in tomatoes is that phytochemical which improves collagen strength. Collagen is a protein which gives your skin its youthful structure. It protects your skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun by eliminating free radicals. However, you must remember that cooked tomatoes can do this for you. Cooking can increase the lycopene levels in tomatoes, thereby enhancing its ability to benefit your skin.
2. Carrots
Carrots are usually viewed as a vegetable which improves your eyesight. But what most people miss is the fact that carrots can be very beneficial for the skin. It clears acne breakout on your skin. The vitamin A, beta-carotene and antioxidant content of carrots prevent the overproduction of skin cells in the outer layer. So lesser number of dead skin cells get clogged in the pores, thereby preventing acne outbreak. carrots
3. Turmeric
Turmeric is one of the strongest and most popular natural healers. Its cancer-fighting and healing properties are well-known. But there is one thing that most people are not aware of and that is its ability to give you a glowing skin. Research shows that this little spice can lighten pigmentation and the scars formed due to aging, hormonal imbalance or sun exposure. All you need to do is combine it with coconut oil or coconut milk to prepare a face mask and apply it on your skin. Repeat this regularly till you see the difference.
4. Salmon
Salmon is one of the healthiest varieties of fish. Its nutrients possess anti-inflammatory and DMAE properties which protect the skin cell membranes from damage. Stronger cell membranes lower the damage caused by premature aging. It also prevents the formation of arachidonic acid (AA) which is responsible for the formation of wrinkles. And it doesn’t end here! DMAE combines with vitamin B to ensure proper muscle functioning of the skin which keeps it toned and firm.
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5. Oysters
Here’s another reason to relish oysters!
Who knew your favorite shellfish could do wonders to your skin! Oysters are rich in zinc, an essential nutrient which repairs the damaged cells and replaces them with the new one. Zinc is good for your skin, hair, and nails as well.
6. Blueberries
Blueberries contain more antioxidants in each serving as compared to any other fruit. These antioxidants keep your skin looking young and smooth. And besides this, this fruit keeps your safe from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and memory loss as well. So while it keeps your skin young and glowing, it protects you against other diseases as well.



These Nutritious Breakfasts Can Give A Kick Start To Your Day: Do Try Them!

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Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. It is the meal which kick-starts your metabolism and helps you burn calories throughout the day. Not only is it important for people who are trying to lose weight, it is simply important for a person to stay fit and healthy. Breakfast is the one meal which can give you the energy to do things and focus at your work and school. WebMD says that including breakfast in your diet can have positive effects on your memory and concentration.

Following are some breakfast options suggested by Delhi-based nutritionist Pooja Malhotra, which can give a boost your energy and also keep you warm during the chilly winter months.

Try these healthy breakfast options right now!


1. Stuffed rotis

Winter is the time when a variety of vegetables are in season. Stuffed rotis or paranthas made from methi (fenugreek), mooli (radish), gobi (cauliflower), matar (peas) or gajar (carrots) can all make for a delicious and wholesome winter breakfast. You can cook them with ghee (make sure you use it in the right quantity) and eat them with pickle and curd. Stuffed rotis are essentially the traditional Indian breakfast which people have been having for years. Prepare them as your grandmother used to prepare and enjoy them throughout winter.

2. Palak or beetroot roti with mint raita

Palak or spinach is a leafy geen veggie with more health benefits than you can count in your fingers. Similar is the case with beetroot, which is a root vegetable which is incredibly low in calories and is a great source of essential nutrients like fibre, folate and Vitamin C. Beetroot also contains nitrates and pigments which can help in controlling your blood pressure and may improve your overall athletic performance.

3. Egg parantha or scrambled eggs with chapati

Now that is a protein-rich breakfast which can help you keep full for longer. Prepare egg paranthas or eat scrambled eggs with roti for the perfect blend of protein, fat and carbs in your breakfast. Also, do not separate the yolk from egg white. A whole egg will provide you with all essential nutrients.

4. Bajra roti with beetroot raita/bajra khichdi

Bajra is a healthy grain which can be included a weight loss diet as well. You can either make a dough of bajra flour or prepare bajra khichdi as a healthy breakfast option. Bajra or millets has properties that can help in stabilising cholesterol levels in the body. Being rich in fibre, the grain is great for digestion and makes for a healthy breakfast option during winter.

(Pooja Malhotra is a nutritionist based in Delhi)

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5 Super Healthy And Warm Drinks To Keep You Hydrated During Winter

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Are the teas and coffees failing to keep you warm during the chilly winter? Then need not worry as we are right here with multiple options for warm and comforting drinks during winter. Warm drinking options are important to keep you hydrated during winter. Staying hydrated during summer seems to be way easier as cold and healthy drinks are aplenty. The easiest way to stay hydrated during summer is to simply gulp down a bottle of water. But in winter, the body is usually in need of something which keeps us warm and on-the-go. Keep reading if you want some alternative warm drinks instead of sipping on a third our fourth cup of coffee.

Drinks to keep you warm and hydrated during winter

Turmeric latte:


Well, this is nothing but our very own haldi doodh. It is the traditional drink which is taken when a person is suffering from cold or fever. It is a healing drink which can naturally detox your body and even strengthen your bones.

Ginger, honey, lemon tea:

Yes, this is another traditional drink which can be taken in warm form as well. You can create a tea concoction by adding ginger, honey and lemon to water and bring to a boil. It can make for a refreshing and warming drink during the chilly winter months.

Hot mulled cider:

All you need to do is add cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, ginger, lemon and cloves to apple cider vinegar. Add a tinge of all these ingredients in a cup of ACV and heat it in low flame. The drink is going to make for a flavourful companion to you and your favourite book by the fireplace.

Vegetable/chicken/bone broth or soup:

Soups or broths are filling and extremely warming during the cold winter months. You can either prepare steaming hot vegetable soup or broth or chicken soup or bone breath. Broths and soups are fluids which can help you hydrated during winter while also boosting your immunity and protecting your from catching a cold or infection. Just make sure that their preparation is light and healthy.

Vanilla-almond steamer:

Now this is a toasty treat you all have been craving! All you need is some warm milk, cinnamon, vanilla and some almonds. This velvety winter drink is going to be your all time favourite! What’s more is that you can prepare it beforehand and have it when you’re ready for a warm treat for yourself.

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Fasting can improve overall health, study suggests

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Fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation.

Fasting can lead to improved health and provide protection against ageing-associated diseases, a recent study suggests.

According to the research, fasting affects circadian clocks in the liver and skeletal muscle, causing them to rewire their metabolism, which can ultimately lead to improved health and protection against ageing-associated diseases. The study was published recently in Cell Reports.


The circadian clock operates within the body and its organs as intrinsic time-keeping machinery to preserve homeostasis in response to the changing environment. And, while food is known to influence clocks in peripheral tissues, it was unclear, until now, how the lack of food influences clock function and ultimately affects the body.

“We discovered fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation,” said lead author Paolo Sassone-Corsi.

“Skeletal muscle, for example, appears to be twice as responsive to fasting as the liver,” Paolo asserted.

According to the researchers, fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against ageing-associated diseases.

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