It is important to eat the right amount of nutirents as they keep many dieases at bay, says Sonia Narang
Right nutrition is all about how one’s body uses the nutrients and the relationship between diet, health and disease. With a long list of nutrient full sources, these hydrating fruits and vegetables keep the skin supple and glowing as they are packed with antioxidants and provide nourishment to the underlying collagen too.
Dark green leafy vegetables: When it comes to skin health, dark leafy greens take the front seat. Abundant in health, consuming dark green leafy vegetables on a daily basis brings great skin, digestive, cardiovascular and eye health. Loaded with antioxidants and essential vitamins and nutrients, dark green leafy vegetables are rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium and protein. Eating a bowl daily improves digestive health bringing back the drained energy in the system.
Gorge on cucumbers and comatoes: An excellent source of Vitamin C, potassium, folate and Vitamin K, tomatoes are the major source of the antioxidant lycopene, linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Cucumbers, the low calorie vegetables, contains great amount of water and soluble fibre making it ideal for hydration and weight loss.
Eat bright fruits of the season: Eating one season fruit at a time keeps the body in sync with the nature. Adding them to fresh fruits parfaits, homemade slushes, smoothies and juices, putting them in desserts, using as spreads and marmalades or eating then whole everyday are some ways you can use the bright fruits of the summer season.
Chia seeds: One of the healthiest superfood on the planet. Super low on calories and high in nutrition value, chia seeds are prized with ability to provide sustainable energy and strength. Packed with a powerful nutrition bunch they area rich source of Omega 3 and 6 that helps in skin regenerations and rejuvenation.
White oats: One of the healthiest grains on the earth, this gluten free whole grain has great counts of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. A great source of silicon with traces of minerals required to add elasticity of the skin they help maintaining the body glow. Use them to replace the flour and make interesting dishes like puddings, poha and rotis.
Water, the wonder drink: Consuming water that responds to your health is very important. Drinking and eating water in the diet throughout the day keeps one’s system internally hydrated, with in turn reflects on their skin. Water not only flushes out the harmful toxins from the system but also keeps the wrinkles at bay giving one a natural glow.
Other than the nutritional foods discussed above, adding few supplements such as Astaxanthin, the king of antioxidants proves to be five thousand times more powerful than vitamin C. A daily dose of which helps the skin retain its glow and prevent the damage caused from environmental stress and pollution
Along with eating a nutrient rich diet, few things must be avoided consciously from the lifestyle. On the journey of nutrition avoid foods that are spicy and processed and junk foods such as frozen snacks and foods. Foods with High sodium and high sugar foods such as wafers, chips, sugar candies and aerated drinks must be kept away along with oily and unhygienic food from street vendors and restaurants. Overcooked and partially charred foods such as kebabs and alcohol and cigarettes are also harmful and must be avoided as much as possible.
The writer is nuntritionist with Diet and Wellness Clinic