Thinking about dieting in the winter never quite feels right with the weather getting colder, the days getting darker and the call of the carbs upon you. In fact, I can almost hear a collective inner cheer from women around the country as they dig out those forgiving big, cosy jumpers. But, instead of focusing on losing weight, why not think about what we should be adding to our diet to benefit our looks and keep us full of vitality whatever the season. Expert Osteopath and Naturopath, Nadia Alibhai, shares her favourite beautifying foods…
Grabbing a coffee to help perk you up is fine now and then, but try to limit caffeine intake as it can really dehydrate. Try swapping your Starbucks for a coconut water such as Vito Coco Pure Coconut Water which will hydrate and ramp up energy levels with natural sugars.
What you eat directly affects your scalp and follicles and a balanced and varied diet is the key to having hair in great condition. Focus on foods rich in protein, beta-carotene, folate, biotin and omega-3 and you’ll see an improvement within a few months. Lentils are a must-have – not only have they got high levels of hair nourishing protein but they’re also packed with powerful nutrients, iron and zinc plus biotin which regenerates cell growth to help combat brittle hair and hair loss.
Pretty with Papaya
Besides tasting delicious, papaya contains bone strengthening calcium and is full of skin protecting vitamins A and C. It’s not only the ability to soothe the digestive tract and calm digestion that makes papaya a beauty super food, but used topically, its papain enzyme is a first rate, natural cleanser and exfoliant. So, It’s not surprising that this wonder ingredient has found itself in top of the range skincare products such as Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. Beauty editors rate this skin brightener for being a gentle yet effective exfoliator for all skin types.
Immune System Charger
Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jump leads and it’s one of the first things to plummet when we are under stress or feeling low. Every morning, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a large glass of warm water to get your daily dose.
Dry Skin Darlings
Increasing the amount of healthy fats you eat in the winter will add much needed moisture to your skin to keep it supple and fresh. Avocado, coconut oil, salmon, flaxseed and walnuts will go along way to improving your skin from the inside out.
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