I firmly believe in the mantra—“Eat To Keep Yourself Healthy Because Your Health Is Reflected Through Your Skin”. A healthy diet rich in fruits can boost your overall health and promote glowing, healthy skin. Dedicate this summer of 2014 to indulge in an assortment of exotic and nutritious fruits to give your skin a mega watt boost.
Dragon Fruit: If you are looking for a fruit that will delay aging, prevent high blood pressure, and improve your figure, look no further as this pitaya fruit will assist you with living a happier and healthier life. Packed with fiber and incredibly low in calories, dragon fruit will help you to feel full after eating and stop food cravings. It also improves the metabolism rate, assisting you with weight management. To keep your skin young and vibrant this fruit comes loaded with Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, calcium, phosphorous, iron, proteins, and niacin.
Pineapple: This tropical fruit is rich in vitamin A, B, C and bromelain making it a perfect natural remedy to keep acne prone skin clear and radiant. Bromelain is an enzyme that softens skin and has been used for hundreds of years in South and Central America to fight inflammation and swelling. Eating pineapple or drinking it’s juice helps the body synthesize collagen, which helps skin to stay firm and flexible, while vitamin C and amino acids aid in cell and tissue repair.
Kiwi Fruit: Also known as Chinese Gooseberry is not only a delicious and nutrient-rich fruit but also a great natural ingredient for your skin care. It contains several skin friendly nutrients like vitamin C & E, Alpha hydroxy acids, iron, copper, omega-3 and antioxidants. These are essential for boosting and rejuvenating your skin’s health. Kiwi is loaded with dietary fiber and antioxidants, making it an excellent laxative. Regular consumption of the kiwi fruit juice aids the body in eliminating toxins and wastes, and thus resulting in healthy and glowing skin. Kiwi is low in calories and is therefore a great food for people on a slim down diet or weight watch. It also contains soluble fiber, which promotes fullness and reduces hunger pangs.
Strawberries: These berries are super fruits, bursting with powerful anti-oxidants and loads of vitamin C that can provide your skin with nourishing nutrients for healthy happy skin. Research shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and age related skin problems than those who don’t. Strawberries are an excellent source of dietary fiber that helps eliminate harmful toxins in our bodies. Rich in Folic Acid these luscious berries aid in cell regeneration and production of new cells in our bodies. Strawberries contain the anti-oxidant ellagic acid, which prevents collagen destruction (one of the major causes of wrinkle formation). Ellagic acid has a photo-protective effect that works against UV damage by stifling the production of MMP (enzymes that contribute in destruction of collagen). This prevents wrinkles from forming on the skin, thereby providing a healthy supple look to your skin.
Papaya: This “Fruit of the Angels” is loved by all and is quite famous for its luscious taste and rich texture as well as health benefits. Papaya is abundant in anti-oxidants and has a huge concentration of Vitamin A. Papaya can work wonders on tired, “old” looking skin. It’s high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and also contains Vitamin E, so it has a significant antioxidant value. Applying papaya to your skin has an amazing tightening, as well as brightening, effect. It’s abundant in natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), which is an ingredient in those expensive anti-aging skin formulas. It acts as a gentle exfoliator as well as a skin brightener. Whenever you exfoliate the dark, dead skin cells, the skin will appear lighter, brighter, clearer and more youthful looking.
Take a health vow this summer my beauties and aside from staying away from cigarettes and using sunscreen when you go out, the next best thing you can do for your skin's health is to eat a diet rich in antioxidants. These are nutrients that work to defend your body's cells including skin cells against the damage of oxidative stress.