Wellness Spotlight: Indian Inspired Diet for Glowing Skin
Cucumbers: Native to the subcontinent of India, cucumbers are loaded with flavonoids and antioxidants that reduce puffiness, irritation, and redness, making their cooling effect rejuvenating both internally and externally!
Spinach: The famous saag in saag paneer is none other than the vitamin A, C, and E-enriched spinach that promotes collagen production to repair skin-damage and restore elasticity, while reserves of folate and iron boost hemoglobin content that increases oxygen in the blood, leaving you with a rosy glow.
Ginger: A perennial ayurvedic herb native to India and prized for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has long been revered for its soothing and anti-aging benefits while also fighting hyperpigmentation and acne.
Try adding it to your morning tea! Cut five pieces or crush a tablespoon amount and add it to your teapot as the brew steeps to add a refreshing and invigorating twist to your morning routine. In addition to the skin benefits, you’ll gently soothe your system, as ginger carries key nutrients that are excellent for the digestive system.
Turmeric: Indian rituals swear by this root known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities. Used religiously in diverse ways like face-masks and curries, turmeric combats dry skin problems like eczema and psoriasis to premature signs of aging like dark circles and wrinkles. By promoting blood circulation and digestive health, it also reduces bodily toxins that promote pimples and acne.
Try it in your favorite tea or sprinkle it in your next omelet! Check out this blog post for more on turmeric and how to incorporate it into your everyday life.
Legumes: A rich source of protein, legumes are the stars of most Indian meals. Not only do they regenerate and repair skin-cell damage, but they also boost collagen production to confer greater elasticity that gives skin a youthful glow.
In Indian food, legumes are typically consumed as dal, a cooked lentil dish that is generally paired with rice or Indian breads. Easy ways to consume legumes for the busy, modern lifestyle include adding about half to a full cup of beans, chickpeas, or lentils into your salad or mixing them into your soup or stew.
Berries: Whether they’re blue, black or straw, berries are an antioxidant powerhouse. They combat free radicals that live in your skin from sun-exposure and other kinds of environmental stress that can damage the cell’s DNA. As a result, berries protect the skin from premature aging.
Walnuts: Packed with B vitamins, they manage mood and stress that can often wear down our skin and result in early onset of wrinkles. Also rich in vitamin E, they delay the aging process.
Bitter Melon (karela): Indian nutritionists have been obsessed with recommending karela juice to their clients as a beauty morning ritual. Bitter melon promotes gut health, flushes out toxins, and imparts healthy, glowing skin. As a natural source of vitamin C and zinc, it fights signs of aging and maintains healthy functioning of the endocrine system.
Yogurt: This natural probiotic source aids with digestion, absorption, and excretion that removes toxins from the body, leaving the gut healthy. A healthy gut means fewer break-outs, dryness, and skin infections.