I’ve always been a believer in the phrase “beauty comes from within”, though like everyone else, in my younger days I didn’t always stick to the healthiest possible lifestyle! As we get older, though, and especially when we become parents, it seems to me that living as healthily as we can, as often as we can manage, genuinely does bring almost immediate results. And if we can ingrain healthy habits in children at an early age, I think we’re doing them a favour. Let’s take a look at the three most important steps towards inner beauty; if you feel beautiful on the inside, it’s got to show on the outside!
Perhaps the most important element of a healthy routine is regular, quality sleep. They don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing! It’s just as important for kids as it is for adults, and researchers have found that both not getting enough sleep, and getting too much, can be bad for your health. Creating a good “sleep environment” is important if you’re having trouble; and that starts with the bed. Mattresses don’t last forever, and I try and replace mine every few years. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to involve carting huge items around on a roof-rack! Companies like Bedstar, for example, offer next-day delivery. They’ll also take care of recycling your old mattress.
Drinking the right amount of water is something that sounds obvious, but a surprising number of people don’t actually do it. Coffee and fizzy drinks do count, but remember to factor in the negative effects of sugar and caffeine! Adults should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day, though obviously you need to take into account your size and how much exercise you’re doing. Milk is a good source of your daily fluid intake – while adults might want to drink skimmed, very young children should be given whole milk. Your skin will thank you for drinking the right amount of water, and your digestion and powers of concentration will benefit as well.
Eating the right foods – and I don’t just mean “superfoods” – can work wonders with your skin, nails and hair. Protein is what they’re made of, and it’s important for vegetarians and pescatarians (like me) to make sure they’re getting enough. Legumes, like lentils and beans, and dairy products are a good source. Oily fish is a great source of essential omega-3 fats, a lack of which can cause dry skin; if you don’t eat seafood, linseed oil is useful. Healthy skin, hair and nails also require iron, and if yours seem a bit lacklustre and you feel a lack of energy, you may need to up your intake. Non-meat-eaters should turn to legumes again, as well as whole grains, though you should really make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C as well to assist with absorbing iron from these sources.
So, there are some basic tips which I try to stick to as often as I can; I certainly feel better on the inside when I do, and I hope it shows on the outside!
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