If you are what you eat, the following titles promise it can be beautiful — with the right foods, a healthy gut and mindful living.
1. In The Beauty Chef: Delicious Food for Radiant Skin, Gut Health and Wellbeing (Raincoast), best-selling author Carla Oates promotes good gut health for “a clearer, more radiant complexion and general well-being.” In addition to fermented foods, pre- and probiotics, Oates includes beauty nutrients in the book’s 150-plus recipes. They include pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) – protects against wrinkles; vitamin K2 – helps prevent premature aging; and silica, essential in forming skin-firming collagen. For a recipe featuring asparagus, a source of the mineral silica, turn the page.
2. From fine lines and cellulite to thinning hair, Eat for Beauty (DK) has food fixers for the face, body, hair, hands, feet and even oral health. Meal plans include the best foods to banish baggy eyes, as an example, for which celery is suggested: it’s a fluid regulator that can help reduce puffiness. Nutrition needs by age is also addressed: shrinking oil glands can result in dryer, more brittle hair starting in our 50s. To counter these effects, sources of omega-3 fats and protein, such as flaxseed and oily fish, are recommended.