METRO PLUS

Beauty is food, food beauty

ONE IS beautiful only when he or she is healthy, both physically and mentally.

Proper exercise will help tone the body and need not be rigorous. Brisk walking is at times the only requirement. Fresh air and cold-water baths will refresh the body. De-toxify the body with regulkar bowel movements, which is resultant of a fibre rich diet. Attention to hair, eyes, skins and nails are to be given priority. A healthy diet complete with protein, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins will help achieve the above requirements.

Hair is made of protein. A protein rich diet helps it grow strong and healthy. Minerals are also important for lustrous hair. Vitamin A and B rich foods like eggs, mango, liver, dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, dried apricots, whole grain cereals, peas will ensure good hair. Vitamin A is also needed for healthy vision and glowing skin. Zinc and essential fatty acids guard against dandruff and dry scalp. Shellfish, pumpkin seeds, nuts, vegetable oils, sardines, mackerel and salmon are good sources of zinc and essential fatty acids. Alfalfa juice in combination with spinach or coriander if taken daily will help the hair to grow fast.

Skin is the largest organ in our body. For a healthy and beautiful skin one has to drink plenty of water. Water moisturises the skin and makes it soft and healthy. For a clear skin, it is also essential to restrict confectionery, chocolates, cakes, sweets and soft drinks, which are high in sucrose. You can replace all refined, fried and processed junk food with whole grains, fresh fruits and raw vegetables. Zinc is good for the skin too. The epithelial layers of the skin require vitamin A and C for normal growth and help to prevent the pores from clogging. Evening prime rose oil is good for healthy skin. Vitamin E found in wheat germ, eggs, nuts and seeds will helps the skin rid of acne. Strong, smooth and pink colour are the hallmarks of healthy nails. Nails are formed mainly from keratin, a kind of protein. It is important that your daily food includes all the essential amino acids. Like every other part of your body, nails need a supply of nutrients. Thin spoon shaped nails on the fingers characterises iron and zinc deficiencies. Good sources of iron include green leafy vegetables, fish, poultry, meat, liver, dried dates, raisins, bajra and jaggery. Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron. Try taking citrus fruit along with iron rich meals. Zinc containing foods are excellent for brittle nails and to heal infection of the surrounding skin. Mineral calcium does not have many roles in strengthening the nails. It is a myth that the white flecks on the nails are caused by calcium deficiency. Actually it is caused because of over manicuring or in rare instances a zinc deficiency. Olive oil is good for sparkling nails and hair. The essential fatty acids in olive oil are just the thing for strong finger and toenails. Add a teaspoon of olive oil in your salad for strong and healthy nail. Teeth and bones should not be neglected. Calcium and phosphorus are needed for this. Milk and milk products, fish, meat, ragi, leafy vegetables are good sources.

Great importance should be given to the mineral calcium since it is required in large amounts. The human frames rigidity is on the strength of the bones.

Cardamom can be used for great breath. Chew few seeds of cardamom to overcome bad breath and relieve flatulence and for strengthening digestion activities.

Do not forget beauty is in the mind. It is most important to have a happy and stress free mind to have a beautiful body. Rest and relaxation are required for the proper maintenance of health. Sleep disturbances will strain the eyes and general health. Eight hours of sleep is important. If you have a well balanced diet following the food pyramid with regular exercise and a happy mind it will make you look beautiful and disease free.