FOOD FOR BEAUTY

By Shahnaz Husain

Do I look my age?”   Most of us want to prevent ageing, reverse ageing, or just age gracefully. All of us  want a beautiful,glowing, radiant and shinning skin, hair. We  spend literally thousands   our hard-earned money  on skin and hair treatments and products at   beauty saloons for  purchasing costly lotions and potions lining the counters at malls and big grocery stores  to achieve strong , dark hair and flawless skin but the question is that are those all products really worth the price, we pay when we can achieve these things by  simply changing food items at our plates 

   Beauty is not an overnight miracle.The secret to flawless, blemish and acne-free skin  lies   in nutrient-rich foods in  your plate or bowl.  Changing up your diet is an underrated, efficient route to clearer, younger-looking skin.

  Convention wisdom tells us that glowing, healthy and clear skin truly begins from within.

What you eat also affects your organs  like hair and  skin. Everything in the body is connected; so if your diet  isn’t healthy, it will  damage your metabolism, cause weight gain, and even damage organs, such as your heart and liver and most likely show up on your face.

  Here are a few beauty-boosting, nutrient-rich foods, vegetables  worth eating every day  which are rich in naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that all work together synergistically to create beauty from the inside out. 

WALNUTS

Walnuts, “tree nuts ” have many characteristics that make them an excellent food for healthy skin.Packed with healthy essential fats, antioxidants, vitamins, trace minerals, protein and fiber, walnuts are a veritable superfood.The crunchy black and the regular brown dry fruit enclosed within harder outer is superb ingradient that helps enhancing skin and hair wellness .Walnuts are enriched with the goodness of minerals, vitamins, natural oil , selenium, antioxidants,   and essential fatty acids like omega 3, that work in the best way to make our skin and hair strong and healthy.They are made up of 65per cent fat and about 15 per cent of protein. Walnuts are well known for being high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.The walnut , black and the regular brown both has been widely incorporated into skincare, haircare, beauty, aromatherapy and cosmetic products in india since long back . 

You can include walnut in your breakfast diet by adding it in  cerels like oats , cornflakes , museli or alternatively you can take 1-2 almond every day in the morning .

Consuming walnuts helps the skin look younger and healthier as it helps    strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep it plump and glowing and keeping out toxins that can damage skin cells,

 You can also use walnut oil topically to  help ease dry skin. Anecdotal evidence suggests that walnut oil may help keep skin moisturized. It may nourish skin from within. Walnut oil is great for fighting wrinkles. The vitamin E in walnuts oil may help fight the free radicals caused due to stress. and  its regular application can actually help the fine lines and wrinkles to disappear with time .

Daily intake of 3-4  Walnuts  may  boost   overall  blood  vessel’s functioning , thus bringing oxygen and nutrients to each and every cell which helps the skin to glow naturally and  help your skin regain that healthy glow.  Walnut oil contain  potassium which is essential for regeneration of cells and hence accelerates hair growth. It regualar application on hair cleans  scalp  by removing all the dirt from it fights    hence preventing dandruff  

Sweet Potatoes

Want to be more attractive at no cost? Eat sweet potato.   They are affordable, easily available and delicious.

Shakarkandi chaat is one of the easiest and popular ways in which sweet potatoes are consumed in India 

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of the magical skin-brightening combination of Vitamin A, E and Vitamin C which are important not only for general wellbeing but also slow down the ageing process .   Sweet potatoes are also full of biotin, which stimulates hair and nail growth.  

  It is also a good idea to add some sweet potatoes to your salads too since the sugar in sweet potatoes is released at a slow pace making it easier for our body to absorb.Sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index and with over 6 grams of fiber per cup, help to regulate and potentially improve blood sugar.

They can fight premature ageing

Sweet potatoes have the ability to give a rejuvenating look to your skin. They contain  skin-friendly nutrient vitamin C which has antioxidant properties and stimulates the production of collagen.  that can combat ageing and dryness.

·         Mix  half cup cooked paste of sweet potatoes with one tsp  milk and  one tsp honey and apply this mixture on skin  evenly for 30 minutes and wash it off with luke water for rejuvenating and radiant skin

·        You can also simply rub a sweet potato slice on your face in a circular motion for 20 minutes. If you feel the potato slice has gone dry, use another slice.

·        Just boil and smash a cup of sweet potato and mix well with two tablespoons of beer. Apply the mixture to your face , neck  and open areas and leave it on for 20 minutes or allow it to dry naturally and then   wash your face with lukewarm water. Then apply a light toner or a moisturiser.

·          Boil and mash sweet potato, add the honey and mix well. Apply evenly to face. Leave on for 20 min and wash off with warm water 

  Chia Seeds

  Another great offering from the mint family,  Chia seeds are an unsung hero that can do wonders to your beauty regimen.

   Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse containing 20% more protein than soy beans, plus added Omega-3’s that are critical to help prevent hair loss .  This humble superfood are packed with minerals and fiber and the perfect balance of essential fatty acids  which can help fight early signs of ageing, reduce acne scars, and give you that radiant glow from within . These tiny black seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet which helps stabilise blood sugar levels, promotes smooth digestion and bone strength, as well as enhances hair and skin health .

For Hair Mask

 Mix four tablespoons of coconut oil, half cup of honey, and a tablespoon each of chia seeds and apple cider vinegar. Heat this mixture for 30-40 seconds so that all the ingredients get mixed properly. .Apply the mixture on the hair strands and let it sit for 30 minutes . Wash it off  and have a shinning and long hair .

For Hair and Skin

. Take 2 tablespoon chia seeds in a bowl and add few   drop of hydrating coconut oil  and heat the mixture to achieve soothing lukewarm temprature .Apply this paste directly on scalp / skin and let it dry in natural environment and wash it with clean fresh  water 

Alternatively, people with oily or sensitive skin can swap oil with filtered water and soak the seeds overnight to get the gel-like texture

Chia Seed Face Mask 

Take    2 Tbsp  Chia Seeds ,½ cup virgin  coconut oil and 1 tsp lemon juice. Mix all ingredients well  in a glass bowl /jar to get paste  and apply the paste on your skin areas in face , neck and open area . Wash the skin  with fresh water and pat dry .

PINEAPPLE

·        Pineapple   ” wonder food”   also, known as Ananas comosus is said to have originated from South America which was discovered on the island of Guadalupe in 1493 by Europeans. The skin of pineapple is used to make alcohol, animal food and vinegar..

Drinking, eating, and topically applying pineapple juice on a regular basis is a powerful, proven way for you to achieve; clear, radiant skin. 

  Known as the king of tropical fruits,. Pineapple  is rich in nutrients and antioxidants.  Eating pineapple improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and removes toxins from the body.  Pineapple juice contains a powerful enzyme called bromelain  , dietary fibre and vitamin C which has the ability to helps in good digestion and keep you acne, pimples and wrinkles free.   Pineapple juice contains 120% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C which  helps to contend the free radicals thus helps in the prevention of many diseases including prevention of pimples, acne, blemishes and wrinkles..  

   The presence of bromelain enzymes helps in exfoliate to sweep away dead skin cells. Bromelain makes the skin firm and flexible Pineapple juice provides elasticity and beauty to the skin by the synthesis of collagen. The formation of collagen also prevents wrinkles on the face. Pineapple juice improves skin hydration  and make your skin clear by exfoliating the skin and also shows the way to the dead cells from the skin.

It’s rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C is said to boost your immunity that it will make your skin smooth , supple and radiant.

Pineapple contains  vitamin A and vitamin B which helps remove the problems of brittleness and dryness in nails and cracked and split of feet.

(The author is international fame beauty expert and is called herbal queen. She will be contributing a weekly column for The Kashmir Monitor that shall be appearing every Sunday)

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