The state of our body depends much more on our diets than we'd like to think but that's the truth of the matter. For the all-natural radiance and shine on your wedding day, start including these food items into your daily diet!
1) Dark Chocolate
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Chocolate, or rather raw cacao, is a good source of anti-aging antioxidants called flavonoids and it protects your skin from UV damage, preventing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and skin discolorations. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't actually cause pimples! We'd recommand having at least a bite size amount of dark chocolate daily.
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This unassuming nut contains tons of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E to maintain your skin's suppleness and keep it from sagging. It also protects your hair from sun damage, keeping it fizz-free and shiny. Get your daily intake by simply eating a handful raw or top off your salad or yoghurt bowls with some chopped ones.
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To fight the appearance of wrinkles, there's no better food than spinach for the task. Containing a triple dose of antioxidants from vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-cartene, these work together to protect your skin from UV rays. Add this to your lunch or dinner - lightly sauteed with olive oil and garlic and a dash of sea salt.
4) Chia seeds
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There's good reason for the rise of chia seeds in recent years. Its packed fully with protein, fiber and omega-3s which are all good for your skin and hair. They're good for dieting as well, with their ability to absorb up to 12 times their weight in water, thus keeping you feeling full for longer. The easiest way to incorporate them into your daily diet would just be to drink them with water or mix them into a delicious yoghurt bowl or even a smoothie.
Aside from its rich and delicious taste, almonds also have an impressive list of health benefits. Rich in flavonoids and vitamin E, a great source of fiber and protein, its vital for the well-being of both skin and hair. They help ward off damaging free radicals and even oxidative damage caused by smoking. Their manganense and selenium content helps keep your hair shiny as well. They make great alternatives as a light snack to ward off mid-day hunger pangs (have them raw or throw them in a banana smoothie) or as spreads like almond butter.
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Flaxseeds contains a huge amount of omega-3 fatty acids which helps maintain a healthy rate of skin cell renewal and we all know how important that is in maintaining a youthful, healthy glow. Preliminary studies have shown that omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids help combat and treat skin conditions like acne and eczema. Ground them up and mix them in spreads or yoghurt bowls.
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We'd like to join the 'Avocados are overrated' bandwagon but there's a reason for its explosive popularity. The monounsaturated fatty acids found in avocados not only help with lowering bad cholestrol levels, but it also reduces skin aging. It also contains antioxidants, fiber, potassium, magnesium and folate, with one avocado packed with more potassium than a banana. Your hair, skin and nails will all stand to benefit from a daily intake of avocados. With so many receipes available on ways you can prepare avocados, you will never run out of ways to eat it.
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Loaded with iron and phytonutrients, nori or wakame can help you attain that smooth, supple skin you've had as a baby. Iron, managanese, iodine, copper, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and selenium are essential in your bid for gorgeous hair, skin and nails. Include them in your salads with some light sesame seed dressing or have them along with your miso soup - all easy to make and great tasting.