I had always focused so much on what I put on my skin because I thought that was what would help me to have the radiant complexion that I so longed. However, Ayurveda has taught me that beauty begins from the inside out so it was not a surprise to me that when I started focusing on my diet and eating healthy nutritious foods the result was a healthy complexion. Your skin is a reflection of what you put in your body, whether it be stress or fast food. This is why your diet plays a huge role in the way your skin looks. I wanted to share with you 5 superfoods that I cannot live without and will keep your skin young and glowing. This along with proper skin maintenance allows the best you to shine through.
Avocados are rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that can improve your skin from the inside. High in vitamin E, vitamin C, fatty acids and beta-carotene, they help in fighting free radical damage, hydrate, repair skin and increase collagen. Avocados nourish the skin while helping slow down the ageing process. I love putting them on toast, with my eggs or in my salads.
I can never get enough of Turmeric. It seems like every other day there is research that toots another wonderful benefit of this yellow spice. High in antioxidants, it possesses anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities. I typically take this in a capsule form because it is more potent as an extract but you can add Turmeric powder to your food as well. It has been scientifically proven to be effective in treating acne, eczema, rashes, bruises, inflammation, and even cancer.
Rich in potent minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, selenium and manganese, Fennel Seeds have been long used for its therapeutic benefits in Asia. . In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, tea made of fennel is used to cleanse the body from the inside. Many Indian households simply boil fennel seeds with water to make a tea and drink it throughout the day. My mother always made a pot in the morning so that we always had it to sip on during the day. It is typically drank right after a meal or during the course of the day. It helps aid digestions, detoxify skin, and stimulate hair growth. The other bonus is that it slows down the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles.
The national fruit of India, when this fruit is in season I am delighted! It quenches my sweet tooth and I eat them for breakfast, as a snack or as dessert. Mangoes are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6. They help clear skin, prevent signs of ageing and alkalizes the body. The added benefit is that it helps boost your immune system as well.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Maybe I’m partial because my parents are from Kerala and they use coconut oil in everything and anything but I have to say there is good reason why they do. They cook with it, use it as a moisturizer, and put it on their hair to condition. According to them there is nothing coconut oil cannot solve. It moisturizes from within, helps cure simple irritations, increases elastin and wards off skin damage. As an additional benefit, it increases metabolism to assist in losing weight. I personally use it as a cooking oil and I do take a tablespoon of it in the morning and afternoon.
See how you can manage to incorporate these treasures that Mother Nature provides into your daily diet. Of course as anything, they are not overnight remedies but within weeks you will see noticeable changes and be happy with the results. Why not take steps toward getting naturally gorgeous skin?
All my best,