The easiest way to have an enviably glowing skin is by adding these ideal foods for flawless complexion in your daily diet. A little neglect in skin care and I might end up with a dry and rough face or worse – acne! Then I’ll go into overdrive and take some corrective action. But recently, I haven’t needed such drastic measures because of these foods…
FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Why not keep one meal just for salads? I had a habit (bad!!) of having 4 cups of tea per day, one of which was at 11 AM. As soon as I switched to having a plate of assorted fruits or a bowl of salad with 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice I haven’t needed any makeup. Daily application of a moisturizer is more than sufficient. You can innovate by mixing bean sprouts with your favorite veggie or fruit. Add a dash of honey for vitamin B. The salad will provide fiber and the face will develop a natural glow.
GREEN LEAF TEA
We all know that it is the best source of antioxidants. Out of my 4 cups of tea per day, I have already replaced my mid-morning cup with salad. Changing the first cuppa of the day takes more will power so I left it for the second month. My first attempt was with a teabag and it turned out bitter. I had to throw it and was a complete waste!! Next attempt – just 1/2 tsp of fresh green tea leaves brewed for 5 minutes. It was perfect and I was willing to switch. That’s 2 bad, bad cups of tea converted into healthier options.
FISH AND EGGS
Dead skin needs to be replenished. Your intake of protein-rich diet will help in the formation of new cells. From both health and beauty points of view, salmon and tuna fish are ideal as they contain Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids. Chicken too is rich in protein and is healthy but fish is best from the beauty angle. Also, an egg a day will prevent arthritis.
Vegetarians, can increase their intake of pulses, especially chickpeas (kabuli chana) and kidney beans (rajma).
If you can digest milk, then drinking 2 glasses of milk per day will make your skin baby soft. Some of us are allergic to the lactose present in milk. Have two big bowlfuls of yogurt instead. I usually have yogurt or a glass of buttermilk after lunch. The hair will develop a natural silky sheen. Another option is to make a fruit smoothie for evening snack, maybe around 5-6 PM. That’s how I replaced my 3rd cup of tea.
SEEDS AND NUTS
I usually add flax seeds and pumpkin seeds in my 11 AM salad so that takes care of two items. Add 2 almonds and 1 walnut to your breakfast menu. These seeds and nuts are foods rich in selenium and zinc which prevent acne and blemishes. Also, walnuts keep arthritis at bay.
As per the Mayo Clinic recommendations the ideal intake of water per day is 1.9 to 2 liters. With busy schedules sometimes it is not possible to maintain this rhythm. So I added watery fruits and vegetables in my diet (given below) and it made a huge difference in the complexion:
- Fruits – apples, watermelon, raspberries, oranges, grapefruit, plums, cherries, grapes, etc.
- Vegetables – Iceberg lettuce, cucumber, cabbage, tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, radish, cauliflower, green peas, carrots and others.
Eat whatever is in season at that time so that you get fresh stock at the most affordable rates.
If you want a real power-packed antioxidant, dark chocolate is what you need. Go in for the organic 100% cacao dark chocolate variety if you want quick results of a smooth and glowing complexion. It can be slightly bitter in taste but you must try at least 70% pure cacao chocolate for good results. Chocolate, wow! Predictably, this was the easiest to add in my diet! I love chocolate and if it is good for the complexion, lead me on…
Most of us already know the many health benefits of soybean, but adding it specifically in my diet was not easy because I didn’t like the odd flavor of the granules/chunks available in the market. Nor did I like soy milk! So I improvised:
- Soaked the chunks or granules in some warm milk for 1/2 an hour,
- Squeezed out the milk and mixed the chunks/granules in my usual vegetable or fish curry.
Note 1: Soy products are not recommended for those suffering from thyroid imbalance.
Note 2: You can also soak the chunks/granules in warm water instead of milk.
Although I have listed it last of all, let us not forget the health and beauty benefits of oatmeal. By providing the essential fiber, it helps to digest food properly. This in turn ensures that the nutrients are absorbed by the system giving the skin a healthy glow.
There are many more ideal foods for flawless complexion but these are quite sufficient to start with. Let me know if you have other interesting ideas in the comments below. I’d like to try out some new recipes. Stay healthy, stay beautiful…