What you eat is what you are. Apart from personal grooming and/or beauty treatments, good nutrition is important for healthy, glowing skin, beautiful hair and all-round good health. Renowned nutritionist, Dr Supreet Grover, shares some very informative tips on super foods that keep your skin hydrated and give it a healthy glow throughout the year.
Loaded with antioxidants, anti-wrinkle and anti-blemish properties, fruit teas are
gaining in popularity. They are not just a healthy alternative to sugary aerated drinks but to
provide our bodies with the required nutritional power to fight free radicals.
Fruits that can be brewed into teas include Pomegranate, an antioxidant power house; Apples,
filled with Vitamin C and complexion-lightening properties; Cherries, filled with melatonin that
helps you sleep well, heals the skin’s connective tissues, and detoxifies blood; Orange, loaded
with Vitamin C, 170 phytochemicals, and 60 flavonoids. Incorporate one or two fruit teas into
your routine, and you will not be disappointed.
Water is one of the most important nutrients that our body needs. Every
major metabolic function depends on water, whether it is nutrient absorption, elimination, or
detoxification. It is also an important requisite for a healthy, supple skin.
Ideally, 20% of your water consumption should come from fruits and vegetables. They not only
replace the body’s water content that is lost through sweat, etc., they also replace much needed
vitamins and salts, provide beta carotene, anti-oxidants and offer UV protection.
Watermelon, for instance, is more than 90% water. What’s more, it has beta-carotene, lycopene
and Vitamin C to keep you hydrated and your skin glowing. A single serving (about 220g) of
musk melon provides you with your complete daily requirement of Vitamins A and C and high
quantities of Vitamin K and potassium. Fresh apricots are almost 86% water; they are high in
Vitamins A and C, sodium, potassium and beta-carotene. They are especially good for healing
and rejuvenating your skin, and for lowering cholesterol.
Pineapple, filled with bromelain and more than 87% water, is an excellent aid to weight loss.
Filled with Vitamins A and C, salts like sodium and potassium, it helps clear and soften your skin.
Strawberries are another high-water-content powerhouse filled with beta-carotene, Vitamin C,
folic acid and potassium. They are fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free and best of all, low-
Loading up on fruits for hydration may backfire because of their high
sugar content. Enter high-water-content vegetables that deliver hydration without adding sugar.
One important fact to keep in mind is that vegetables offer more hydration in their uncooked
state. Cucumber, for instance, regulates your body temperature, helps heal inflammation,
reduces wrinkles and cellulite and promotes hair growth. It is filled with Vitamins C, B1, B6,
folate, caffeic acid, sodium and potassium.
Ash gourd, filled with B-complex and anti-oxidants, is an energy restorer. Mix it with lemon juice
and have it as a raw salad to keep yourself hydrated and reduce bloating. Its peel and seeds help
promote hair growth and relieves dandruff. Tomatoes are filled with lycopene that help to keep
your skin cells resistant to UV rays.
Zucchini is loaded with Vitamins C and K. A super-hydrating vegetable with powerful anti-aging
properties, its bio-flavonoids help keep your skin healthy and glowing. Spinach is another
vegetable that is high in water content. Filled with Vitamins A, B and C, and folic acid, spinach
detoxifies and heals your body internally.