Beauty Su­per­foods for beauty, lashes, Kate Ritchie

No treat­ment can com­pare to the age-de­fy­ing ben­e­fits of foods that double as beauty boost­ers

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

When Aussie nu­tri­tion­ist Lola Berry meets some­one, she al­ways no­tices their face – no mat­ter how old they are – and if they’re “vi­tal” or not.

A per­son ap­pears vi­tal when their “skin is bright and the whites of their eyes are clear,” ex­plains Lola. “You can also see it in peo­ple’s en­ergy. When you’re healthy, you’re the best ver­sion of your­self.”

To get in on the glow up, Lola rec­om­mends swap­ping an exxy face cream for nu­tri­ent-dense foods, which will make you feel beau­ti­ful, inside and out.

Food for your face

Load up on these to boost col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, re­duce free-rad­i­cal dam­age and bal­ance your hor­mones – the key fac­tors be­hind un­happy skin. BLUE­BER­RIES “The an­tiox­i­dant an­tho­cyanin – the stuff which makes blue­ber­ries blue – can help com­bat free-rad­i­cal dam­age and pro­tect you from in­flam­ma­tion, which not only ages the skin, but the brain, too,” says Lola. CHOCO­LATE “Dark choco­late – we’re talk­ing about 70 per cent co­coa and raw ca­cao pow­der – helps com­bat beauty’s num­ber one en­emy – stress. Re­duced stress means less col­la­gen break­down and less wrin­kles.” MACA POW­DER “It’s a Peru­vian root veg­etable known for its hor­mone-mod­u­lat­ing ef­fects. It’s also said to in­crease li­bido, es­pe­cially in males.” OYSTERS “They’re one of the best food sources of zinc. This is im­por­tant for tis­sue growth, in­clud­ing our hair, skin and nails.” .” PAPRIKA “The spice is packed d full of vi­ta­mins ns A, B6, C and E, , as well as iron, n, which makes it t the per­fect nail il l spice. Its awe­some so ome colour comes from the carotenoids (beta-carotene), which are bril­liant for skin health, too.”

The ul­ti­mate youth booster? Fat!

“The body thrives on good fats and our skin loves it,” says Lola. “I eat about an avo a day! Other great fats in­clude wild salmon, mon, raw nuts, co­conut oil, eggs and or­ganic butter.”

Age­ing in­gre­di­ents ts

“White, re­fined sugar is what hat we con­sume the most of, which ich ages us,” says Lola. If you de­cide to change just one thing, cut out the sneak sneaky re­fined sugar in n lol­lies lol­lies, dips, ce­re­als, health bar bars, and even health th d drinks. For over­all l h health, it’s a great idea to s stay off heated, p polyun­sat­u­rated o oils [used in tak take­away fry­ers] and hy hy­dro­genated oil oils, which are used in con­fec­tionery.” con­fec­tio

A healthy snack for a sweet tooth

“Re­move the pit from a med­jool date, stuff it with a wal­nut and then sprin­kle it with cin­na­mon. The de­li­cious treat will sat­isfy any sugar crav­ing while quelling your hunger with ith a small, healthy snack.” nack.”

For more tasty recipes, beau­ty­boost­ing yoga poses and ex­pert healthy eat­ing ad­vice, buy Beauty Food by Lola Berry $24.99 avail­able from Oc­to­ber 31

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