Your diet supplies the nutrients needed by the cells to keep skin, hair and nails looking healthy. Therefore, it is important that you feed your body a well balanced diet. Vegetables are actually `longevity` foods; they are clean burning, `high octane` fuels that repair the cells that cause premature ageing.
- Veggies like tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and green leafy vegetables like spinach are packed with vitamin A and C, beta-carotene and fibre. These nutrients not only make your skin glow, but also help in destroying cancerous cells and preventing heart attacks.
- Vegetables are also loaded with calcium the mineral your body needs to keep your bones from buckling.
- Vegetables are rich in healthy carbohydrates and devoid of fat or cholesterol, thereby making them good for the heart.
Poor eating habits can cause temporary hair loss, `blotchy` skin and brittle nails. Your skin can bruise easily, heal slowly and look dull, drab and `ashy`. A good diet, on the other hand, will keep your skin looking healthy and young.
Fit as a fiddle
Exercise is enjoyable, good for the self-esteem and carries significant benefits for body and mind. Yoga, aerobics or walking, no matter how little of it you are able to do, is important for both physical and mental health.
Exercise is a panacea for boredom, tension, anxiety and even PMS.
Exercise improves blood circulation and helps in the production of new cells. It gets rid of all impurities to reveal radiant skin. When you lack adequate exercise, blood circulation becomes sluggish and the skin receives less oxygen. As a result, your skin may look dull and sallow.
A good scrub
Body brushing is a good way to stimulate blood circulation. Because the skin is an organ of elimination, many toxins can be eliminated if you stimulate the circulation and the lymphatic system by brushing the skin.
Use a loofah or a body sponge and brush in circular motions to remove the dead skin cells. Pay special attention to the elbows, knees, shoulders, the back and thighs. Do this every day before bathing or showering. Also, keep the temperature of your bath water a little higher than that of your skin so as to stimulate the blood circulation.
So eat, walk and scrub your way to a body beautiful.