Beauty from the inside out

Skin Analysis
12 Sep 2014

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Lotions and potions can all work their magic in making us look and feel good, but for long-term beauty ? with or without make-up ? you need to take a look at your diet. A healthy diet loaded with vitamins and minerals will ensure your skin is soft and smooth and glows with health, your hair shines with vitality and your nails grow long and strong.

Drastic diet changes are unrealistic; it?s better to make small changes every day until healthy eating becomes a habit. Here are our top tips to get started:

? Up your fruit and veg intake ? they are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. The recommended daily amount is 5 portions so start taking note of how much you consume each day ? you might be surprised at how little fruit and vegetables are actually in your daily diet. Try to have fresh fruit and veg where possible, as dried fruit is much higher in sugar and fruit juices lose some of their nutrients in the juicing process and can often be laden with extra sugar, too.

? Drink 2 litres of water every day ? try filling up a bottle of water each morning and make sure you drink it all by the end of the day to make it easier to know how much you are drinking. This helps flush out toxins from your system and helps your body to function at its best.

? Eat freshly prepared food wherever possible to maximise the amount of nutrients in your diet and to avoid the preservatives, sugar and salt that is often lurking in processed food.

? Limit the amount of sugary drinks in your diet ? fizzy drinks are the obvious culprit but squashes and fruit juices can contain a large amount of sugar, too. You may be surprised at how many calories these drinks add to your daily diet before you?ve even eaten anything. Refreshing alternatives can include soda water pepped up with a slice of fresh lemon, lime or cucumber, or fruit or herbal teas.

? Keep healthy snacks to hand when you are on-the-go, as it can be hard to find healthy food options when you are out and about. Fruit bars (the healthy ones, not the ones loaded with sugar), nuts, fruit or carrot and celery sticks are all good options.

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