Knowing that what we eat and drink not only tastes good but also contributes to our health, brightens up our day, doesn’t it? It’s safe to say that whatever makes and keeps us healthy also allows us to radiate from the inside out. Whether we’re looking to prevent wrinkles or work our way towards lean muscles, eating the right food can enhance our appearance with a brightness and energy that will emanate for all to see. So, add these elements to your diet to look and feel amazing; from the top of your head, down to the tips of your toes!
High-protein foods are very important for gaining muscle, and Greek yogurt often contains approximately double the amount of protein as regular yogurt. This delicious snack is recommended after a workout. Its mixture of fast and slow digesting proteins considered beneficial in this regard. It also contains fewer
carbohydrates than normal yogurt.
The eyes are the window to the soul, so let’s make sure everyone can see that! Mums across the world have been telling their kids that they should eat carrots, as rabbits do, because, after all, there are no rabbits that wear glasses. Carrots contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant carotenoid converted to vitamin A by our bodies, which is essential to healthy vision… And to the science behind the rabbit joke! Vitamin A plays a vital role in the production of rod and cone cells, essential for low light vision and colour vision. Free radical damage is also minimised by beta-carotene, which helps protect against various eye diseases.
Studies show that healthy teeth make people appear more attractive. Widely considered to be good for our bones, a glass of milk (a lifelong staple of our diets) provides 33% of daily calcium requirements; making it a great choice for teeth. Teeth and bones store 99 percent of our body's calcium. The calcium
in milk strengthens tooth enamel, which protects teeth against decay. It also strengthens our jaw bone, which can help keep our natural teeth for longer.
Nails go through a lot, from washing dishes to removing the batteries from our remote control. But they aren’t just beautiful to look at, they’re also a sign of good health and nutrition. The ideal way to have good nails is to start from within. Eating one egg yolk can bring plenty of biotin (vitamin B7) to our body. Biotin is
a water-soluble vitamin that is often recommended for nail health. This vitamin needs to be taken from our diet, as our bodies cannot store it. Please note that eggs should be fully cooked in order to improve biotin absorption.
The fullness of one’s hair is largely a combination of genetic, dietary, and hormonal factors. Even though we don’t have full control over this, zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. Hair loss, even in our eyelashes, can be caused by zinc deficiency. Oysters are rich in zinc. With nearly 500% of our daily recommended value of zinc per 3-ounce serving, oysters are an excellent source of this invaluable mineral!
Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is a super antioxidant. Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals. It is crucial for collagen production and is an indispensable part of the war against premature aging; no wonder it is included in so many beauty products. Additionally, many of the components of our antioxidant defences are obtained from our diet, and these are likely to be important for protection against UV-induced damage. Blueberries are also extremely effective in fighting acne; by controlling hormones. So, if applicable, make sure to stock on plenty of this super food before that time of the month!
Studies claim that dark chocolate with high concentrations of cacao (at least 70%) can have positive effects on stress levels and mood fluctuations. Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that create feelings of pleasure. Serotonin, an antidepressant that can elevate mood
is also found in this delicious treat. And as long as we consume it as a treat, the happiness it brings will definitely serve as a beauty factor too!
“You are what you eat”, as the saying goes! Therefore, we can be sure that our consumption will reflect in our general appearance. Lifestyle also plays a central role in maintaining optimal looks, so it’s vital that we’re getting enough sleep. On the flip side, it’s essential that we’re getting plenty of exercise too, even if this means walking to our destination instead of being transported and taking the stairs instead of the elevator; wherever possible! And last but certainly not least, managing stress, and our overall mental health and quality of life, provides us with a happiness that allows us to glow on the inside and out.