We all crave for beautiful, spotless and radiant skin but we think to beautiful skin is all about expensive creams, facials and chemicals. People even visit the dermatologist to buy medicated creams for that clear skin. Whether to remove wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks or just to have that flawless skin, you don’t need to go too far, all you need is good halal food in the right proportions. O ye people! Eat of what is on earth lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps of the evil one for he is to you an avowed enemy (Q2:168). Here are few suggestions to what you can eat to improve your skin colour and appearance, reduce aging to give one that beautiful, firm, radiant and soft skin.
Red Bell Pepper - are a tasty vegetable that can be enjoyed either cooked or raw. One red bell pepper contains more than 100percent of your daily vitamin C needs. It also contains significant amounts of dietary fiber and vitamin B6. Moreover, it is rich in carotenoids that can help prevent wrinkles and increase blood circulation to your skin, helping it look more youthful. Due to their carotenoids, red bell peppers are also great to fight acne. A red bell pepper (or tatase in Yoruba) is a perfect, low calorie snack that contains about 30 calories and has a really satisfying crunchy bite. Keep slices of red bell peppers in the fridge, so you will always have something healthy and tasty to reach for when you need a snack. The fiber that a bell pepper contains will help you to feel full longer with very little calories. Plus, it helps in attaining that flawless skin!
Dark Chocolate - Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and flavonols that promote glowing skin. The antioxidants in dark chocolate will help reduce roughness in your skin and protect it against sun damage. Moreover, cocoa relaxes arteries, increasing blood circulation that leads to healthier skin. Cocoa powder or raw cocoa has less fat so it is a better option. And if you like dark chocolate, eat a few grams of dark chocolate every day. Ensure you choose the chocolates with at least 80percent cacao content in order to avoid milk and added sugars found in a traditional chocolate bar. Salmon - is an excellent food to fight stress, anxiety, and depression. Salmon also provides most of your daily vitamin D needs. And as you may already know, Vitamin D is responsible for keeping your heart, bones, colon and brain healthy. It also helps prevents colon cancer, anxiety, depression, heart disease and bone disease. "It is He who subdued the seas, from which you eat fresh fish." (Q16:l4) Salmon is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are excellent for fighting inflammation, wrinkles and acne. Its high omega-3 content also helps hydrate your skin from the inside out. Moreover, eating salmon keeps your scalp hydrated and promotes strong, healthy hair.
Coconut Oil - is one of the richest sources of saturated fat with about 90 percent of calories as saturated fat. It contains lauric acid, a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent that keeps away viruses, infections, inflammation and acne. Coconut oil is also rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are perfect for keeping your skin moist, soft, and wrinkle-free. Coconut oil (or adiagbon in Yoruba) can be used as body cream, it is good for sheer skin. It can also be consumed; one table spoon of raw coconut oil every day is especially good for your thyroid. Plus, there’s considerable evidence that this oil can help lose weight. So many health benefits.as saturated fat. It contains lauric acid, a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent that keeps away viruses, infections, inflammation and acne. Coconut oil is also rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are perfect for keeping your skin moist, soft, and wrinkle-free. Coconut oil (or adiagbon in Yoruba) can be used as body cream, it is good for sheer skin. It can also be consumed; one table spoon of raw coconut oil every day is especially good for your thyroid. Plus, there’s considerable evidence that this oil can help lose weight. So many health benefits.
Green Tea - well, so I know green tea is actually a beverage, but tea leaves come from a plant. Green tea is a great source of antioxidants and contains a unique amino acid, L-theanine that helps relax the body and lower stress. When the tea is hot, the bionic brew releases catechins, a kind of antioxidant with proven anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea may also reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure. Drink 3 or more cups of tea every day for better results.
Spinach - is a healthy and nutrient-rich food you should certainly include in your everyday diet. You may not really like spinach, but it is a wonderful source of iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fiber, plant protein, and Vitamin C. Due to their antioxidant abilities, Vitamins C, E, and A are especially great for your skin. Spinach (amunututu in Yoruba) contains antioxidants that fight against all types of skin problems. Add it to your everyday diet and see what happens. By eating spinach, you’re cleaning your skin from the inside out.
Olive Oil - “He sends down water from the sky. From it you drink, and from it come the shrubs among which you graze your herds. By it He makes crops grow for you, as well as olives and dates and grapes and fruit of every kind. There is certainly a Sign in that for people who reflect.” Q10-11. Recent studies have revealed that olives are not only tasty, but also are a healthy source of food. Their linoleic acid is especially useful for breast-feeding mothers. Any deficiency in this acid slows a child’s development and contributes to some skin diseases. The World Health Organization recommends that people living in societies with high arteriosclerosis and diabetes rates consume oil that contains at least 30percent linoleic acid. And this raises the olive’s worth The Prophet advised us to, “Use olive oil as a food and ointment for it comes from a blessed tree” (Tirmidi).
Celery - is another food to eat daily for a perfect skin. Many of us underestimate this vegetable, but celery contains Vitamin K that keeps the blood circulation healthy and helps to reduce high blood pressure. This can reduce your stress level, and as you know stress can cause bad skin, migraines and even cancer. Celery also contains natural sodium, potassium and water, and can help to prevent dehydration. Dehydrated skin results in dryness, flaking, wrinkles, and even breakouts. Celery should be eaten every day or at least every other day. If you are calory counting, celery is very low in calories.
Pawpaw - is a wonderful fruit which has a rich history and numerous nutritional benefits. It is very low in calories (only 39 calories per 100 g!) and also contains no cholesterol. So if you are trying to lose weight, consider eating pawpaw every day to maximize its health benefits. A great beauty food, pawpaw is low in fructose and is excellent for digestion! The antioxidant nutrients found in it, including Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, are great at reducing inflammation and acne. Vitamin C may also protect your skin against sun damage.
Carrots - are good not only for your eyes but also for the skin. They are especially good for clearing up breakouts. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and they help prevent the overproduction of cells in the outer layer of the skin. That’s where excess sebum combines with dead cells and clogs pores. Another great reason to snack on carrots is because Vitamin A reduces the development of skin-cancer cells. Baby carrots every day is excellent for the perfect skin. You don’t have to eat all these foods every day, but a healthy mix is good for that healthy skin and body. Avoid junk food, too much sugar, trans- fats and refined carbohydrate for the best skin possible. As Muslims, we need to be overly conscious of what we take into our system. Our consumption should always be halal, healthy and beneficial to our overall well being.