Beauty Through Nutrition, Part 2: Energy & Hydration
Eat and drink your way to beautiful!
In Part 1 of "Beauty Through Nutrition", we explored the role that antioxidants play to keep our skin glowing and our cells protected inside and out. (If you happen to miss this post, check out the entry below this one!). Today we are going to discuss how to keep your energy level high and your body properly hydrated.
It is wonderful to see smooth, youthful skin when we look in the mirror, though if we’re exhausted and overwhelmed, it can be difficult to feel beautiful. We know that rest and a stress-free lifestyle are the best ways to stay energized and balanced. There is no amount of caffeine that can replace a good nights sleep, though sleep and coffee are not the only ways we can increase our energy. We can also eat nutrient-rich foods that will help us maintain our energy and allow us to radiate our beauty all day long.
This leads me to my next topic, which is energy. Eating balanced meals every few hours will keep your energy stabilized. What you eat in those meals can determine how much energy you will have to carry you through your busy schedule. There is a lot of talk about carbohydrates. Which ones are good and bad? Do they inhibit weight loss? Will they make me bloated? The truth is that complex carbs (these are your whole grains, not the simple sugars) are used to sustain your energy. This is why we want to eat them in the morning and at lunch, when we will be able to use them as a fuel source to get us through the day. Yes, they can pack some calories, so it's important to pay attention to your portion sizes.
The good news is, some of the healthiest complex carbs are great for your skin! Oatmeal, brown rice, and sweet potatoes are all excellent sources of sustainable energy because they wont spike your blood sugar. Oatmeal can also be easily transformed into an exfoliating and skin-smoothing facial scrub. Brown rice is high in selenium, which can help combat adult acne. Sweet potatoes are full of skin protecting Vitamin A and C.
Finally, I want to briefly discuss the role of water in your beauty routine. Now, we all know that we’re supposed to drink a ton of water, and, yes, it might send you running to the restroom more often than you like, but hydrated cells are happy cells! We want our skin to look glowing, plump, and hydrated. We want our organs to be flushed clean of any toxins and inflammation. Water is an important component of your healthy lifestyle. If you are properly hydrated, you are less likely to confuse the brain signal of thirst for hunger, which can lead to overeating. Having a large glass of water before each meal is a good way to make sure you’re actually hungry, and not just thirsty.
Try starting off your morning with a cup of warm water with lemon. This will get your digestive system started and begin to flush out any toxins that have built up over night. If you find it challenging to drink water throughout the day, try adding a couple slices of cucumber or a basil leaf to your glass. It adds some flavor that can help you get in those necessary ounces. Eating foods that have high water content is another easy way to replenish your body. Watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, celery, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, cantaloupe, tomatoes… do these sound familiar? Many of these are the exact foods we were discussing in Part 1, to renew your skin from sun damage. All of these wonderful foods are working to make you look and feel your most beautiful self.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of "Beauty Through Nutrition" where I will give you a one day meal plan that will put you well on your way to radiant skin and a healthy, hydrated body.