Summer is approaching, the most awaited time of the year, and with it the relaxation of the holidays, the sun and the beach. But, while it may not seem like it, this season of the year also has its dark side. The high temperatures, so favorable to taking a dip in the pool, are the great enemies of the skin, so proper hydration is essential to keep it healthy and radiant. Aria Novitasari, nutritionist, Member of the Herbalife Nutrition Diet Advisory Council and of the External Nutrition Advisory Council, offers a series of tips to keep the skin in perfect condition throughout the summer.
The skin contains about 30% water, which contributes to its softness, elasticity and resistance and, being the largest organ in the body, it is highly vulnerable to exposure to the sun and heat. Proper cleansing, hydration and protection from ultraviolet rays are essential care to keep it at bay. In addition, good nutrition and a diet rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, contribute to the maintenance of the skin in normal condition.
Proper skin hydration involves a combination of several factors: the use of care products suitable for all skin types, the consumption of at least 8 glasses of fluids a day, including tea, milk and coffee, and the consumption of food rich in water that help improve health protection. But do we know what these moisturizing foods are? Aria Novitasari, reveals which products cannot be missing in any fridge this summer. Some can’t even imagine.
Watermelon is a fruit with a high water content (over 90%) and also contains minerals and phytochemicals such as lycopene, vitamin C and beta-carotene. There are multiple options to enjoy the refreshing taste of this fruit, from a snack between meals or as a delicious granita, and even as a nutritious cold soup.
Orange is essential in the shopping cart due to its high water content (80% – 89%) and its vitamin C supply. Easy to carry and eat at the beach, by the pool or on a trip, it is also possible to be eaten as a salad .
Fruits and vegetables
Although the catalog of vegetables is large, the ideal products for the goal are those that have a greater amount of water, such as spinach (90% to 99%), carrots and broccoli (80% to 89%).
Fruit and vegetable salads are the ideal combination to help with fluid intake. In fact, lettuce, a common ingredient in this type of dishes, contains more than 90% of water.
Yogurt is traditionally associated with the calcium supply provided by milk, which is necessary for the maintenance of normal bones, and with support for digestive health. But would anyone have thought that it contains 80% to 89% water? Another important reason not to forget them during our visits to the supermarket this summer.
Pickle, that eternal condiment to complement food and flavor enhancer, contains more than 90% water. That volume comes from the fermentation process, in which other forms of liquid are added to help maintain or increase its water content.
granita or protein shakes
Smoothies are a great way to improve your fluid intake in a refreshing, tasty and nutritious way. Versatile product where they exist, admits any type of combination, mixes different ingredients according to the consumer’s tastes and also adds protein powder.