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How to Choose your Fruits and Vegetables-5

Consumption of fruits and vegetables makes your diet healthier. Add one green leafy vegetable and fruit into your day. But how do you pick the best of them? Here are a few tips when you pick your fruits and veggies

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Important points to remember while selecting

Fruits and vegetables should be:
• Seasonal
• Clean
• No mould growth & bruises or spots

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Fruits & Vegetables

Quality Indicators

Grapes

Firm, Stem should be beige to brown

Water melon

Dark green and dull appearance not shiny

Strawberries

Deep red, strong flavour

Mangoes

Full, plump & rounded

Tomato

Firm, deep red, plump

Green leafy vegetables (E.g.: Spinach, cabbage, broccoli)

Green not pale or brown & wilted, crisp stem

Apple

Firm with smooth skin, heavy for their size

Oranges

Peel should be firm, smooth texture

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Causes of Hair Loss – 4

Skin conditions of the scalp: An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow. Skin conditions that lead to hair loss include seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis, and fungal infections such as ringworm.

  Healthy Tip: Prefer mineral rich foods such as cucumber, mango, pumpkin seeds, beans, almonds, nuts etc and also include dairy products to improve hair growth and to make scalp healthy.

                                                                              

Hereditary hair lose :Hair loss that is genetic is known as “androgenetic alopecia” and is the most common cause of hair loss. The gene can be inherited from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family.

    Healthy Tip: Healthy balanced diet rich in flax seeds, green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, walnuts, fish and eggs.

 

Natural Food To Protect Against Sun

Cocoa (dark chocolate): contains 4 times as much phenols and catechins and protect skin from sunburn and skin cancer.

                                                                

Green and black teas: rich in polyphenols. And offer unrivalled action against free radical exposure which is responsible for 80% of skin aging and can boost your skin`s antioxidant protection from the inside out.

Carotenoids: are antioxidants which reduce the negative effects of UVB radiation. Green leafy vegetables are rich in oxygenated carotenoid compounds known as xanthophylls. Carotenes are unoxygenated carotenoid compounds which provide pigment to fruits and vegetables. And  activate melanin. Foods containing high concentrations of carotenes are: apricots, papaya, mango, carrots, sweet potatoes and beets.

                                                              

Lycopene: is a red carotenoid and is at least twice as effective an antioxidant as beta carotene to block UV light (has an SPF of about 3). Foods high in lycopene include watermelon, tomatoes, papaya, pink guava, red bell peppers and pink grapefruit.

Pomegranates: contain powerful polyphenol compounds such as catechins and anthocyanins which strengthen the skin`s upper layers, thus increasing its resistance to harmful UV rays.

Tocotrienols: are 30-60 more powerful than tocopherols thus, they neutralize free radical activity at a faster rate. Tocotrienols are capable of reducing/absorbing penetration of UV radiation. Barley, rye, oats, annatto oil, rice bran oil and palm oil are natural, rich sources of tocotrienols.

Vitamin C: prevents premature aging and skin cancer by warding off free radicals. The best natural sources of Vitamin C are acerola cherry, rose hip, berries, guava, kiwi, papaya and all citrus fruits.

                                                                

 

 

 

Vitamin D: it protects against many types of cancer, including skin cancer.

Green leafy vegetables: reduce risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 50 percent

                                                        

 

Omega 3 fatty acids: creduce inflammation, protect your skin from sunburn and melanoma (a deadly form of skin cancer).  Sources include Salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, algae/seaweed, green leafy vegetables, flax, hemp and chia seeds are rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Water: keeping your skin hydrated encourages a healthy NMF (natural moisture factor) which in turn, protects your skin from environmental factors. It is also important to drink plenty of fluids after sun exposure to prevent dehydration.