Have you been dealing with pimples, acne and other skin problems for long? Are you planning to visit a dermatologist for a solution? But first things first, have you checked the creams you have been applying every day? At times, the chemicals in these expensive moisturisers react negatively to your skin, making it dull and bumpy. And if you have a sedentary lifestyle, it just adds to the concern. This is where food comes to the rescue. By now, you surely know that a healthy diet impacts your skin significantly - it helps the skin breathe, detox and glow naturally. And the best part is: you don't need to go miles or shell out a lot to pick those food ingredients. They are available right in front of you - dahi (curd) and honey!
How Dahi And Honey Help Your Skin Glow:
Dahi is cold in nature and honey contains heating properties, making us question if they make 'virudh anna' as per Ayurveda. For the unversed, 'virudh anna' is the food combination that has opposite effects, disrupting the balance in our body. But interestingly, curd and honey don't fall under 'virudh anna' category, with multiple studies backing the benefits of this combination.
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Dahi: Our All-Time Favourite:
Dahi (or curd) is a rich source of probiotics, fibre, protein, calcium and various essential nutrients. It also contains lactic acid that helps reduce inflammation and promote healthy gut bacteria, which further help our body to function smoothly, including proper digestion, weight management and oxidation in the skin cells amongst others.
Honey: The Sweet Magic Potion:
Various studies have found that honey acts as a potent prebiotic that supports promoting the population of probiotic bacteria (found in curd). This property further helps alleviate symptoms of constipation, indigestion and other associated troubles, aiding your overall gut health and other bodily functions.
How Your Gut Helps Promote Healthy Skin:
Now, you must be wondering what these gut-healthy foods - honey and curd - have to do with your skin. To understand the same, you need to first find the link between your gut and skin. According to experts, a healthy balance of gut microbiota is required for optimal skin health. In fact, any kind of disruption in your metabolic and digestive systems leads to oxidative stress and inflammation in the skin cells and creates problems like pimples, acne, rashes, eczema and more. Besides, an unclear and unhealthy gut also increases the toxin levels in the body, washing off the natural moisture level from the skin.
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How Curd And Honey Combination Help Promote Skin Health:
1. Works as a natural moisturizer:
Curd contains lactic acid and honey is rich in humectant- both of which are known to work as natural moisturisers, balancing the water level in the skin and body.
2. Brightens skin:
Both honey and curd work as natural exfoliators that help unclog the pores. This helps your skin breathe and glow from within.
3. Calms your skin:
Both honey and curd have anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe your skin and calm any kind of irritation. This further helps prevent rashes acne and other such skin conditions.
4. Has antibacterial effects:
Honey is a prebiotic and curd works as a probiotic, making it a great food for producing healthy gut bacteria and washing off the unhealthy ones. This further neutralizes free radicals and protects our skin from various microbial damages.
5. Treat wrinkles and fine lines:
Thanks to the rich water content, the dish makes for a detox food that further helps slow down the process of skin ageing.
Now that you know all about the benefits of this amazing combination, include it in your diet and satiate your sweet cravings, along with glowing skin. But remember, do consult an expert for the recommended dosage, as per your tolerance.
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