Beauty School: Monsoon Food That's Good For Your Skin

Dr. Rashmi Shetty , 21 Jul 2013
Rashmi Shetty
Rashmi Shetty

The Monsoon season calls for protective foods – that is mainly foods that protect your skin and guts. As you know the condition of your gut and general health immediately shows on your skin. The rain brings with it health irritants, allergies, indigestion and infections. I thought if I ask my diet expert Anjali Dange to give me some dope for you – everybody wins!

Go Green:
Leafy Greens (photo courtesy | medimanage.com)
Leafy Greens (photo courtesy | medimanage.com)

In this season, you should try to concentrate on eating light foods. This requirement can be fulfilled by increasing your intake of green leafy vegetables which helps build immunity besides being very light on the stomach.

Fruits are the perfect food for this season, as they restore energy. But before consuming fruits and veggies, remember to wash them thoroughly (preferably soaked in salt water for 30mins before use) as they carry the risk of infection. Avoid fresh fruits, which have been pre-cut or peeled and kept in the open. Go for apples, pomegranates and pears. These will give you your beauty dose of vitamins and essential elements!

Whole Grain:
Whole Grains
Whole Grains

Oats, Brown Rice and Jowar are your best choices for Carbohydrates. The fiber in the grain ensures you feel full on small quantities of any dish. Following this tip, ensure you drink an adequate amount of water for proper digestion of the fiber. Cleansing your gut daily keeps you light, fit and glowing.

 Stock up on Garlic:
Garlic (photo courtesy | gardening ktsa.com)
Garlic (photo courtesy | gardening ktsa.com)

Soups, vegetable and chicken broths are very good choices for supper. Adding a dash of garlic to these dishes can help build up your immunity for the season.

 Stay away from Fries & Spices:
Samosas (photo courtesy | foodnetwork.com)
Samosas (photo courtesy | foodnetwork.com)

Excessive bingeing on fried foods (like bajjias and samosas) during the monsoon can make your skin susceptible to irritation and there is always chance of bloating, which tells on your face as well.

Cut down on Dairy:
Dairy Products
Dairy Products

While this food group can add to your protein intake, excessive intake of dairy products can cause indigestion. During the rains stick to warm diluted milk (well boiled) or 2 cups of probiotic yogurt through the day.

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