Foods that fight acne

A balanced and nutrition-rich diet is the basic requirement for healthy skin. A glowing complexion can be yours if you include beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and vitamin B6 in your diet. To achieve this, start on a diet of 5 or more servings of fresh vegetables and fruits today.

Don’t forget to include one citrus fruit per day for it will provide nourishing benefits to the skin.

Here’s a quick check list of the foods you need to eat for a healthy skin:

1. Essential fatty acids: Flaxseeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are responsible for reducing the secretion of the oil that clogs the pores in the skin. Add roasted flax seeds to your salads or chutneys will enhance their flavour and do good to your skin.

Try this easy recipe:

Flax Seed Chutney Powder

2. Zinc: Include peanuts, sesame seeds and oysters in your diet to get the required amount of the mineral zinc.

Check out these quick-fix recipes:

Peanut sundal
Oysters in Egg Omelette
Savory Sesame Rice

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3. Plant protein: Protein-rich foods are low in glycemic index the benefit of which is to reduce the prevalence of facial acne. So, you’ll be happy to know that the rajma-chawal combination can work wonders for your skin. Also include kidney beans, cow peas, chickpeas and other legumes for maximum benefit.

Some recipes:

Rajma Masala
Channa Khatta
Spicy black eyed peas

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4. Fibre: A bad tummy leads to bad skin. If you’ve understood this principle, you will see why you should include fibre-rich foods like whole grains like wheat and oat bran; legumes like kidney beans, lima beans; green leafy vegetables; fruits and root vegetables like carrots and turnip.

Get one of these recipes into each meal of the day:

 

Lima Beans (Pavta) Curry
Dal palak
Microwave Moong Carrot Curry

What to avoid: Fatty and high carbohydrate foods

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