Gone are the days when we used to say that a girl’s wedding day is all she dreams of. Today, women dream of much larger things and make much greater accomplishments. But, the wedding day is still bound to be extra special, and a girl completely deserves to look and feel her best.
To look and feel your best, a healthy diet is an absolute must – because what you eat is how you look. Here is a list of ten natural foods that will give you a glowing skin on your wedding day if you religiously include them in your pre-wedding diet:
If you check what goes into your skin cream, you will often find papaya to be an active ingredient. That is because this fruit contains enzymes like chymopapain and papain that come with multiple skin benefits. Chymopapain helps soothe skin inflammation while papain aids in fading of scars and blemishes. Applying mashed papaya on your face as a mask helps improve your skin clarity to a great extent. Because it contains many other essential vitamins and minerals, having papaya as a fruit is really the best option for you.
Tomatoes contain a phytochemical, or plant chemical called Lycopene. It is a pigment belonging to the carotene and the carotenoid group that gives a tomato its bright red colour. For you, lycopene can spike collagen production which will keep your skin supple, toned, and youthful. Collagen is a protein that forms the main texture and structure of your skin. It also helps delay the ageing process, and most anti-ageing treatments involve methods that increase collagen levels in your body. So tomato, being a natural source of collagen that boosts lycopene, it is a great inclusion in your pre-wedding diet. Tomatoes also contain antioxidants which speed up the cell renewal process of your skin leaving it healthy and glowing.
While most fruits are high in carbohydrates and sugar, avocado, also known as butter fruit is enriched with healthy fats. The monounsaturated fats present in avocado will keep your skin soft and supple, and will also help your body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K. You can consume avocado as a whole fruit, in the form of juice or in salads. A well-known preparation using avocado is guacamole and is pretty simple to make at home. Just skin one avocado and mash the fruit. Add finely chopped tomatoes, garlic cloves and onions to it, along with salt to taste and mix well. If you want to fancy it up a little, you can also add fragrant herbs like cilantro and parsley.
On many occasions, we are advised to not consume the egg yolk because it contains high levels of cholesterol. You’ll be surprised to know that the amount of cholesterol contained in one egg is reasonably less when compared to other sources of saturated fats such as red meat. Moreover, the benefits that a whole egg brings with it more than compensates for the traces of cholesterol it contains. Among these benefits, one is that egg yolks contain Biotin or Vitamin B7 which plays a major role in the health of your skin, nails and hair. Also known as the “beauty vitamin”, biotin keeps skin free from rashes, acnes and other breakouts and strengthens nails and hair.
Turmeric has been the preferred natural ingredient for beauty remedies since time immemorial. It is known to enhance complexion and provide a golden glow to the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which protect the skin from damage by free radicals. In India, we typically use the powdered variety of turmeric, which will work just fine although turmeric root is always better. You can add turmeric to your diet in several ways – you can add a pinch into your smoothie, scrambled eggs, or to any other food you eat. Alternatively, you could also apply turmeric externally after mixing it with yoghurt.
In addition to promoting a healthy metabolism, salmon can also do wonderful things for your skin. Salmon is rich in healthy omega 3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains a very powerful substance called dimethylaminoethanol or DMAE. DMAE increases elasticity and strength of the cell membranes, thus reducing the risk of them suffering premature damage. It also prevents the production of substances within the body that might cause premature ageing. Salmon can be grilled lightly with a bit of olive oil and garnished with fragrant herbs, or you can also cook it in the good old ‘desi’ style.