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10 foods to make you beautiful

Here’s what you can eat to feel good inside and look great on the outside

brunch Updated: Oct 21, 2018 00:01 IST
Lovneet Batra
Lovneet Batra
Hindustan Times
Nutrition,beauty,self-care
Nourishing, supporting, and loving yourself is what makes you truly beautiful(Shutterstock)

Beauty is no longer perceived as a mere indulgence overloaded with skincare and makeup products. Rather, it is a form of self-care. Nourishing, supporting, and loving yourself is what makes you truly beautiful. Here are a few food choices to light you up from within:

Sattu

Sattu provides three major minerals – calcium, magnesium, phosphorus (Shutterstock)

This traditional energy drink is made of roasted bengal gram and barley, which provide three major minerals – calcium, magnesium, phosphorus – all required for strong bones, and plant-based proteins for lean muscle building. Drink it within 30 minutes of your workout or as an evening tea replacer.

Best to: Boost energy and strength

Whole eggs

Whole eggs help to combat hair fall and brittle nails (Shutterstock)

If you make this simple food, rich in essential amino acids, biotin, zinc and selenium, part of your daily meal plan, you do not need to worry about buying expensive, chunky supplement pills meant for healthy hair, skin and nails.

Best to: Combat hair fall and brittle nails

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is a perfect detoxifier, cleanser and healer (Shutterstock)

Packed with ACE power (Vitamin A, C and E), it is a perfect detoxifier, cleanser and healer. This helps clear acne and gives an even skin tone. Drink on an empty stomach or mix 1 tsp wheatgrass powder with a glass of water.

Best for: Clear skin

Aloe vera

Aloe vera hydrates dry skin, heals acne and speeds up wound healing (Shutterstock)

This low maintenance succulent hydrates dry skin, heals acne, speeds up wound healing and even soothes burns. Have 1 tsp of aloe vera gel on an empty stomach or apply as a mask for 15 minutes.

Best for: Lustrous skin and hair

Potatoes

Potatoes can reduce premature ageing due to over-exposure to the sun (Shutterstock)

With miracle antioxidant CoQ10, it can reduce premature ageing due to over-exposure to the sun. Topical application can reduce pigmentation, dark circles and puffy eyes.

Best for: Anti-ageing

Wheatgerm

Wheatgerm not only moisturises dry skin but also prevents scarring (Shutterstock)

Rich in folic acid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E, it not only moisturises dry skin but also prevents scarring. Blend it with yogurt and pomegranate to make your own skin tonic.

Best for: Glow and radiance

Triphala

Triphala is popular for its colon cleansing benefits (Shutterstock)

Popular for its colon cleansing benefits, this tri-herb formula is made with amla, haritaki and bibhitaki. Constipation and poor elimination can lead to breakouts and dullness. Have 1 tsp with warm water at bedtime for best results.

Best for: Colon cleanse and skin detox

Yogurt

Yogurt is a natural probiotic that helps the growth of good bacteria in your colon (Shutterstock)

A natural probiotic that helps the growth of good bacteria in your colon. Poor gut health is linked to acne, eczema, rosacea due to an imbalance in bacterial growth leading to inflammation.

Best for: Probiotic health

Banana

Rich in tryptophan and B vitamins, a banana a day can keep dullness away (Shutterstock)

There is no beauty without happiness and there is no better food than banana to make you happy. Rich in tryptophan and B vitamins, a banana a day can keep dullness away.

Best to: Brighten the skin

Saffron

Saffron has antioxidants that can reduce oxidative stress in the brain (Shutterstock)

The most expensive spice in the world, known as ‘red gold’, has antioxidants that can reduce oxidative stress in the brain and increase the mood-elevating neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Add three to four strands to a cup of milk and have before bedtime.

Best to: Clear the skin, calm your soul and better sleep.

The author is a clinical nutritionist based out of Delhi and is a consultant with Fortis Healthcare

From HT Brunch, October 21, 2018

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First Published: Oct 21, 2018 00:01 IST