There’s a popular saying, “Beauty comes from within.” Speaking in a different context, people often associate beauty as the outer term and health as the inner but in reality, both of these are interconnected. Beauty serves as a proxy for your health and being beautiful is related to your health and fitness from within. Bluntly speaking, beauty is health. If a person is healthy it becomes obvious from their face.
The hollow beauty standards of society have made people think outer appearance is everything, generally speaking, because of this, the majority of women and men suffer from negative body images and lowered self-esteem issues.
People resort to make-up to enhance their features but make-up is a temporary aid, the beauty it provides is short-lived. Some even adapt to dieting and limited food intake which can lead to various food deficiencies. In India, nearly 1/3rd of the population is nutrient deficient, with iron deficiency affecting 50-60% of the population.
Health and nutrition impact your appearance in a huge way. To attain natural beauty it is of utmost importance to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, exercise and ample sleep. Here are a few tips which I personally prefer to maintain a healthy lifestyle, simply follow them for a natural glow.
•Focus on Nutrition~
Remember quantity doesn’t matter always it’s the quality that affects the most. You can have a complete meal and still maintain a healthy weight. What you eat not only affects your metabolism and weight, it also affects your skin.
Include green vegetables, citrus fruits, berries, carrots and apricots in your diet. Fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acid is also a good source of Vitamin E, the beauty vitamin. Seeds like sunflower and flax are rich in fibres and Vitamin E too. Herbal teas are a must because they increase the body’s metabolism rate.
There are particular regions in the world that are called blue zones because here higher than the usual number of people live much longer than average. They live a very healthy lifestyle and a major portion of this lifestyle is because of nutritional food. In India, people have romanticized the western diet whereas actually, the Indian and broadly speaking the Asian diet has a much higher nutritional value.
There’s a particular emphasis on drinking sufficient water because 70% of our body is simply water. Your whole body depends on water to survive, even your brain. Water acts as a cleanser for the body, it flushes away toxins and circulates nutrients within the body.
Drinking ample water (up to 6-8 glasses) even aids in weight loss because it boosts the metabolism. But make sure you do not drink water immediately after meals or a large amount of water in between meals.
When the body is hydrated it helps in renewing skin and maintaining optimum skin moisture. It also provides elasticity to the skin and thus the skin looks smooth and soft.
•Have Your Beauty Sleep-
It is a very simple equation that sleep and health are directly proportional to each other. Sleep is often called the closest thing to the fountain of youth. 7-9 hours of quality sleep is a must for both the physical and mental well-being of our body.
According to researchers, one night of poor sleep can cause swollen eyes, under-eye circles, paler skin and more wrinkles and fine lines, you don’t need them, right? Sleep is the time when the body repairs itself, this is true for your epidermis as well as brain and muscles. When you sleep, your body rebuilds collagen in different organs, this ultimately reduces wrinkles.
It’s a myth that just by controlling one’s diet, one can have a fit body, even though diet is an integral part of remaining healthy exercise plays a key role in it too.
Aerobic exercises cause one’s body to sweat and remove toxins through perspiration. It is not known to many people but working out also tones the skin, improves blood flow and oxygenation to the skin, thus imparting a healthy glow to the skin.
Even different yoga postures can help you in getting vibrant skin.
•Keep Stress in Check-
Stress tends to increase sebum production, resulting in acne-prone skin. Many researchers suspect that mental health also affects the skin’s texture.
Simply speaking beauty cannot be regulated externally but needs to be regulated from within. A person who is fit mentally, physically and spiritually is truly said to behold true beauty. The most important thing to understand is that our activities and diet affect our appearance and we need to maintain our lifestyle accordingly.