Glow-less and wrinkled skin, dull hair and freckled nails are some of the beauty busters However not many supplementary diets help to restore the damaged areas. We cannot thrive or survive without water.
But guzzling pint after pint of the clear stuff can become somewhat repetitive and – dare we say it – a little boring. The good news is there are plenty of other beauty boosting drinks out there that may help you glowing wrinkle-free skin and shiny-lustrous hair. Here are some of the best beauty-boosting drinks which are alternatives that will give you an anti-ageing health and beauty boost.
Flavoured or plain, hot or iced, green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse, and may help to fight inflammation and the oxidative stress that ultimately leads to premature ageing. Green tea is produced using unfermented tea leaves, which means it contains a higher concentration of plant antioxidants (polyphenols) than other tea varieties. These polyphenols, along with other antioxidants called catechins, may help to protect the skin from UV rays. Be aware, though, that green tea still contains caffeine, albeit in smaller amounts than coffee, so if you’re caffeine sensitive, opt for a decaf variety.
Good news for wine lovers! Researchers from Harvard Medical School found that red wine contains antioxidants, such as quercetin and resveratrol, which may offer protection to both your skin and heart. Other studies also claim one alcoholic drink per day may reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life. However, consuming any more than the recommended daily intake can lead to ill health. That’s no more than two to three units daily – one unit is 10ml of pure alcohol, which is a standard 25ml spirit measure, half a pint of 3.6 per cent beer or 100ml glass of 12% wine.
The antioxidant lycopene is responsible for giving tomatoes their red colour and is said to be the most efficient free-radical quencher around. Free radicals are dangerous by-products produced during bodily processes that use oxygen, or from external ‘pollutants’ such as cigarette smoke, UV rays or food additives. Too many free radicals in our bodies can send us into a state of oxidative stress, which causes premature ageing and cell damage. Lovely lycopene has also been noted, among numerous other benefits, for its cancer-fighting abilities.
This popular dairy alternative contains isoflavones, a class of phytochemicals found within plants that may help in preserving collagen. One study published in the Journal Of The American College Of Nutrition found it might even help to prevent the formation of sun-induced wrinkles! Soy milk also contains protein, which helps to keep skin glowing instead of greying.
Forget fruit smoothies – which are often high in skin-damaging sugars – and go green instead! Adding dark, leafy greens, such as kale, to your juice can boost your intake of vitamin A, which promotes skin cell growth, and vitamin C, which is needed for the body to make collagen. Adding half an avocado to your juice creates a creamy texture and the healthy fats in this superfood can also help you to better absorb nutrients and carotenoids. Be sure to top up your juice with hydrating, mineral-rich, water-based veg, such as celery and cucumber.
Once we hit our thirties, we begin to lose muscle mass and strength. Not only will this contribute to a slowing metabolism, but it also has a sagging effect. Protein contains amino acids and one in particular, leucine, is responsible for muscle building. The whey protein in milk is an excellent source of leucine, and if you choose milk from grass-fed cows you’ll also get your hit of omega-3 and age-fighting phytonutrients, too.
Herbal teas, such as ginseng, peppermint, fennel and chamomile, are not only a great alternative to water for hydration, but they each provide health benefits that may contribute to healthy ageing. Be it in their antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory properties or their ability to relax, soothe and promote sleep or digestion, they also reduce dark patches under the eyes and decrease the stress lines on the face, herbal teas shouldn’t be overlooked.
Spice up Your Smoothies
Adding spices to your juices and smoothies can be highly beneficial. Cinnamon may help to balance blood sugar levels, helping you to beat cravings and avoid snacking, and it may also help in reducing blood pressure. Turmeric has incredible anti-inflammatory properties and is a must for anyone with skin conditions or sore joints. Cardamom being a powerful antioxidant, it also improves blood circulation. Cloves can used for acne-prone skin.