Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Food for Radiant Skin

*photo is courtesy of google

The current project that I'm working with finally comes to an end after 11 months. Fuuuh, feels like ages! Rasanya by now I already memorized all the provinces in Vietnam..it's just few yang tak reti nak sebut je :P


Since I am quite free today and I have to take my mind off from the current situation, I took the opportunity to read about beauty and food. Have you heard the phrase - "you are what you eat" ? I do believe that what you eat does effect how you look...and I personally think that I need to change my eating habit.


As I said before, I felt that my skin was dull. Through my readings, dull skin is actually a sign of vitamin deficiency in the skin (oh my..) Besides taking multivitamins, other food especially fruits and vege can also be a good natural source of the nutrients for the skin. The essential minerals for a radiant skin are:

i) Antioxidants

The antioxidants freshen your skin and make it more youthful. They help to protect your skin from the sun damage and play crucial role in keeping skin healthy. Antioxidants are vitamin A, C, E, B complex and minerals such as magnesium, zinc.

Source: blueberries, raisins, carrots, strawberries, apricots, nut, spinach and tomatoes.


ii) Vitamin A

Vitamin A produces new skin cells that keep your skin soft and elastic. If your body doesn't have enough Vitamin A your skin will appear dull and loosen.

Source: non-fat milk, oil, margarine, egg yolk, oysters, liver and fish.


iii) Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen. The collagen is the one that helps you stop the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C combats the effects of free radicals in your body and on your skin, reduces the look of wrinkles and improves your skin's quality.

Source: citrus fruits, carrots,tomatoes, potatoes, kiwi, oranges, and strawberries.


iv) Vitamin E

Vitamin E keeps the moisture in your skin and is responsible for the elasticity of your skin. It prevents cell damage from free radicals and protects the skin barrier’s oil balance during the cleansing process.

Source: olive oil, nuts, oat flakes, and avocados.


v) Fatty acid

Omega 3 and Omega 6 are your best friends with the battle against prematurely aging. They regulate cholesterol transport and metabolism, maintain the impermeability barrier of the skin, maintain resilience and lubrication to your skin and hair.

Source: meat, fish, nuts, olive oil, soya, yogurt.



Oh, I just found out that yogurt is one of the best way to bring back healthy and flawless skin as it is rich in proteins, which is very, very essential nutrients for glowing skin and fragile hair! Apparently, fragile hair specifies that you have a deficiency of protein. Interesting :)


vi) Iron
The iron helps your organism produce hemoglobin. The iron deficiency in your organism may cause anemia and on your skin yellowish spots may appear.

Source: meat, fish, eggs, spinach.

vii) Vitamin B
Vitamins B help to convert calories into energy for skirt metabolism and are components of enzymes that maintain normal skin function (including functioning of the oil-producing glands which keep skin moist and smooth) That's why poor intake of almost any B vitamin can cause dry or scaly skin.

Sources: red meat, fish, bananas temper whole grains, brewers yeast peanut butter and eggs


So..starting tomorrow, let us start a beauty regime by eating healthily. But first and foremost, I need to do some groceries shopping. Sayang, Cold Storage jom??! :D

Throughout my readings, I also found this recipe, prepared by executive chef of Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson. Nyummm! Readers, harus di cuba ni!! :)

*photo is courtesy of google


~The Ultimate Skin Smoothie~
1/2  cup diced mango
1/2 cup diced papaya
1/4 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/4 crushed ice

method: combine the following ingredients in a blender, puree until smooth and serve.


*All info are taken from:
www.beauty-advices.com
www.herbal-supplements-for-you.com
findarticles.com/good skin diet





14 comments:

Mrs. Ishamizu said...

Smoothie? gud idea!! br la hbs stok buah dlm fridge.:D salu bli buah tp xabes mkn..dr dulu lg kt uia..depa kata izu suka wat experiment je kt fruits tuh ;p

Now ni dh ada ank, dh tua..;p br la pk mst mkn buah, sayur byk2..klu bley everyday...its essential for our health n skin beauty...tp for my skin ni rse cam dh tlambat jekk..ekekeke.

MOMMAHOLICSURI said...

uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu... "The Ultimate Skin Smoothie" looks so tempting. TQ Nadine for these beauty and healthy tips... nak ikut boley? :)

shahsulong said...

smoothie mcm sedap. tapi bila baca "ice", hmmm~ terus terbantut da.

rambut gugur pasal tak cukup protein ek? rasa mcm dah byk protein yg diambil setiap hari, hu hu

Nadine said...

Izu,

wah..mmg dah amalkan dr zaman uni eh..rajinnya izu! nadia suka makan buah tp mls nak kupas n potong...huhu

hihi..yesza, nadia skang br nk serius. dont say like that Izu, its never too late to start back. jom???! :)



Mea,

Kan? that's why I share the recipe, tak sabar nak cuba nie! jom!! :) of course la boleh dear..thats my purpose of sharing. lagi ramai geng lagi semangat! ;)

p.s: mesti lepas ni bertambah2
cantik you yg dah mmg sedia cantik :)


shidah,

ice is not a big problem. u can eliminate n substitute wif plain water...still fit the purpose cause the main nutrients are inside the fruits ;)

hahaha, samalah kita. esp after giving birth to Faaz, rambut gugur dgn jayanya ok! im not too sure about it but the article that i read sais so. jd mari kita makan yogurt bnyk2 n see ade difference tak? hihi...

my.mastura said...

aduuhh..panjabg sgt..nnt aku baca lg skali...:D

Nadine said...

hahaha..kelakar la ko ni Mas! :P

:: NieSha :: said...

wah nadia..thanks for sharing the smoothie..wani n hubby n damia mmg suka mkn buah.stock buah wajib ada dlm fridge..kalau x mkn buah sehari rasa cm something wrong je. ms lunch pon wani mesti bli buah potong.umah wani klu beli ape2 buah pon 3kg leh hbs dlm masa 2,3 hari je..kalau xde buah me and hubby mkn 'buah' tomato cicah sos thousand island..sedap! huhuu...sgt kuat makan kami ini..

Nadine said...

Wani...

Bagusnye la Wani n family. Pdnla semua kulit cantik2 belaka :)
Nadia kat rumah tu mmg tak pernah putus ade buah sbb my in-laws hari2 mkn salad buah. cuma nadia ni agak pemalas nak kupas n potong :P harapkan mama serve je..ish..teruk tul. kena ubah dari hari ni jugak!

RuZaNNa said...

Wah Nadine,
Rajin nya carik info about it.. i must be very discipline if nak get good results kan.. but that's my biggest problem.. hehehe..
Thanks for the info!

RuZaNNa said...

Wah Nadine,
Rajin nya carik info about it.. i must be very discipline if nak get good results kan.. but that's my biggest problem.. hehehe..
Thanks for the info!

Nadine said...

Anne,

my project just wrapped up so I am pretty free for this week sbb tu la rajin semacam. kalau x mmg tak nye..hihi.

yes, ur right. I pun kurang berdisiplin. tu start balik hari ni..harap2 bkn sehari dua je la :)

:: NieSha :: said...

nadia ~ mana ada kulit cntik..kulit wani teruk jugak. kulit damia pun alahan.klu dia kna gigit nyamuk je berparut n makan masa berbulan nk hilang.

Nadine said...

Wani,

Nadia ingat lagi masa kita satu class kat uni. Second thing yg Nadia notice tentang Wani adelah ur flawless skin tau. suka tgk :)

p.s: first thing adelah...jeng jeng..keramahan Wani! hihi...kalau Wani tak tegur, takdenya Nadia nk bukak mulut dulu :))

:: NieSha :: said...

hahaha..wani mmg byk ckp..kikiki..tp kalau suruh buat presentation kt depan,wani larikkk duluuuu..hahaha..
wani pun ingt masa u dulu..nadia sgt soft spoken..wani mmg suka style nadia cakap ;) dlm hati wani ckp "lemah lembut nye dia ni" mmg kagum sgt sbb wani nih ganas skit..hihiii...