By Srijita Poddar
Hi my beauties,
How have you all been? The wedding season is finally here and we can’t help but get excited. My heartiest congratulations to all the brides-to-be. While you are anxiously waiting for D-Day, I’m sure you are all stressed about the bridal shopping and arrangements. You also want to look your best during this phase of your life, therefore we at IMBB will surely love to help. A wise saying goes “You are what you eat”; therefore, here is a comprehensive list of beauty foods that will create a visible difference to your skin, hair and nails.
⦁ A fishy story
For all you non-vegetarians, the best thing to include in your diet is a helping of fish. Always known for the good fat that it possesses, fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids have incredible beauty benefits, including glowing skin and shiny strands. About three percent of the hair shaft is made up of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re found in cell membranes on your scalp and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. While salmon is usually the superstar choice, mackerel, sardines and anchovies are even better.
⦁ Consume spinach like Popeye
We have always seen how Popeye got his major source of strength from spinach. However, did you know that it’s also a major anti-ager? It’s rich in beta-carotene, which converts into the powerful anti-aging Vitamin A. This nutrient is crucial for allowing proper moisture retention to the epidermis; it further helps prevent wrinkles and remove dead skin. For premium absorption, pair spinach with a food that’s high in Vitamin C. Try a squeeze of lemon in a homemade dressing drizzled over a spinach salad. Or, opt for a nice smoothie. Therefore, for wrinkle-free, smooth skin on your wedding, don’t forget to add spinach.
⦁ Add red with tomatoes
Tomato is a super food for your skin which can ensure damage-free skin on your wedding. People who ate 5 tablespoons of tomato paste daily, along with almost a tablespoon of olive oil for 12 weeks, had 33% more protection from sunburn compared to a control group that ate just olive oil, according to a 2008 UK study. The antioxidant lycopene (levels of which are higher in cooked, processed tomatoes) improves skin’s natural SPF. Besides being a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes are considered a high-carotenoid fruit. These nutrients may help slow down cellular damage from free radicals.
⦁ Crack open some eggs
Whether you enjoy them sunny side up for breakfast or boiled and sliced over a green salad, eggs can help you get beautiful tresses and nails before your wedding. One of their key ingredients is sulphur, an essential nutrient that helps with everything from vitamin B absorption to liver function (your body’s detox organ). Sulphur is also necessary for the production of collagen and keratin, which help create and maintain shiny locks, strong nails and glowing skin. Eggs are a good source of protein and contain some Vitamin D. They also have biotin. Biotin, a B-complex vitamin, may play a role in the development of keratin.
⦁ Glowing skin breakfast with oatmeal
For the love of your locks, you need to eat more oats. They have high amounts of zinc, biotin, magnesium and potassium. A deficiency in these key nutrients can lead to more brittle hair and more breakage. For the perfect summer breakfast, make soaked oats in a Mason jar: fill a small jar halfway with oats, top with your favourite milk (dairy, almond or soy) and spices (like cinnamon and nutmeg), and let soak overnight in the fridge. In the morning, you can add berries, nuts and seeds for added nutritional value.
⦁ Don’t forget to sip on some green tea
You have Shraddha, Kareena and Shilpa swearing by it. Not only it will give you a slimmer waistline, people who drink green tea have skin that’s more elastic and smooth. A lot has been said about the benefits of green tea, and I am sure you already know why you must consume this superfood.
⦁ Get nutty with almonds
Your grandmother has probably already told this one to you. Not only are almonds a good source of protein, they’re loaded with magnesium, which helps maintain healthy hair and nails. Magnesium is Mother Nature’s anti-stress mineral, and stress is a major factor in hair loss. Vertical ridges in your nails may be a sign of inadequate magnesium. You can also get more magnesium through leafy greens, cacao nibs, and soybeans.
⦁ Replace milk with almond milk
This is for all you lactose intolerant beauties. This makes the list because of what it’s not: dairy. Research shows dairy is highly inflammatory, which means it will aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes. When you drink coffee or pour a bowl of whole grain cereal, it is recommended using a non-dairy milk, like unsweetened almond milk.
⦁ Get those 8 glasses of water
Every diet advice begins with the 8 glasses of water a day rule. Yes, water keeps your skin hydrated and staying hydrated makes it appear plumper and less wrinkled. But there’s another reason to fill up on water over other drinks: you’ll save on sugar. Sugars found in juices, sodas and sports drinks cause your skin major woes.
⦁ Get that glow with carrots
Carrots give you a better eyesight but did you know of its other benefits? Who needs blushes? Filling up on carrots can give you a natural glow.
⦁ Soft skin with pineapples
This sweet treat is high in Vitamin C and the enzyme bromelain, which is known to be an effective skin softener. Drinking pineapple juice and munching on the fruit help the body synthesise collagen, which supports skin structure, while Vitamin C and amino acids aid in cell and tissue repair, giving you a youthful appearance. Add it to your morning smoothie for a refreshing treat.
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