We all know eating the right food and drink makes you healthier, but it can also make you more beautiful.
Eating three portions of yellow fruit and veg every day can make you more attractive according to a new study by the University of St Andrews, which revealed it took just six weeks for women to notice their skin was firmer and had a glow.
It’s all down to the natural pigments called carotenoids, found in foods like tomatoes, carrots and oranges, which gives them their colour.
They boost skin tone, slow down ageing and stop toxins making it look dull and pasty.
Celebrities like Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow are all said to have tweaked their diet to boost beauty.
Lots of anti-ageing products are a mix of the ingredients you’ll find in the foods you eat every day, including eggs, oats and oily fish.
So save yourself some money on posh products and eat your way to sparkling eyes, glossy hair and gorgeous looking skin.
For a natural face-lift
What you need: Vitamin E
Find it in: Oats
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These are one of the true superfoods according to nutritionist Ricky Hay, www.fushi.co.uk.
He says: “Oats contain the complex carbohydrates we need for energy, plus B vitamins, vitamin E, fibre, selenium and calcium, which all help to give the body some powerful anti-ageing protection.”
Eating oats can also help boost the production of baby skin cells, which keep your complexion firm and plump, acting just like a natural face-lift! They also work by stimulating the immune system.
Eat a bowl of porridge as a mid-morning snack. You could try topping it with a handful of fresh berries and seeds.
For healthy teeth and gums
What you need: Zinc
Find it in: Black and green tea
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Zinc helps build strong bones, keeps our gums pink and healthy, and prevents gum disease.
Swap your normal cuppa for redbush tea. It’s caffeine-free, which means you can drink more of it and as consultant nutritionist Jane Griffin explains: “Unlike ordinary tea and coffee, it won’t stain your teeth.”
Try Tetley Redbush Tea Bags, £1.69.
For sparkling, bright eyes
What you need: Vitamin B12 and lutein
Find it in: Eggs
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They are protein packed and contain lutein, an ingredient the body can’t make, but our eyes need it.
Nutritional consultant Gemma Landau says: “Eggs are also a great source of vitamin B12 or riboflavin that keeps eyes bright.”
Start the day with scrambled eggs tossed with cherry tomatoes, which contain the vitamins the body needs to absorb protein.
For less cellulite
What you need: Vitamin A
Find it in: Avocado
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This food is made up of good-for-you oils including oleic acid that acts as a natural moisturiser.
And, according to naturopath Max Tomlinson: “They also have a clever alkalising effect on the body that helps stop the breakdown of cells that make skin sag as well prevent toxin build-up that can lead to cellulite.”
Try mixing up some guacamole by mashing together 1 ripe avocado, ½ small red onion, 1 small chilli, 1 tomato and black pepper and eat with sticks of raw pepper.
For stronger, healthy nails
What you need: Vitamin D
Find it in: Fish
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Better known as the sunshine vitamin, oily fish like salmon and mackerel, also contain omega-3 fatty acids that keep the nail bed healthy and speed up growth.
Vitamin D works with calcium to help nails grow long and stops them from splitting.
Try to include three portions of oily fish in your diet each week.
For glossy locks
What you need: Selenium
Find it in: Bananas
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A must for super-shiny, glossy-looking hair. According to nutritionist Lorna Driver-Davies: “This trace mineral helps the thyroid promote healthy hair growth and keeps it healthy.”
You can find it in lots of foods, including cheese, chicken, brazil nuts and bananas.
Freeze a banana for two hours – the result tastes like ice-cream. And if your hair feels fine, try taking a supplement such as Solgar Selenium, £8.20 for 100 tablets, available at www.nutricentre.com.
For less wrinkles
What you need: Betacarotene
Find it in: Oranges
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One of nature’s best antioxidants, it’s the betacarotene and vitamin A that helps to prevent toxin damage.
As USA Pro nutritionist Lucy Wyndham Read reveals: “It helps build collagen, the network under the skin that keeps it looking young, and speeds up the delivery of oxygen to skin cells helping to keep your complexion looking fresh.”
Make your own wrinkle-smoothing smoothie by mixing red berries, an orange and a tub of natural yoghurt.