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How to eat your way to beautiful bridal skin and hair

The foods you need to be eating for that beautiful bridal glow

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How to eat your way to beautiful bridal skin and hair
Get the bridal glow. Image: Getty Images

Look and feel amazing from the inside out, for your wedding day, with these top dietary tips to improve your skin, hair nails and give you that bridal radiance boost.

Eat your way to skin radiance
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a clear, glowing complexion on their wedding day? Your skin is often a representation of what’s going on on the inside of your body – so, what exactly do you eat to achieve said glow?

Antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory foods such as leafy green veggies, berries and pomegranates are packed full of Vitamin C, supporting collagen production and protecting from UV rays and free radicals. Pay attention to your digestive tract too – poor digestion can lead to problem skin.

Chowing down on lots of fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and tempeh creates lots of healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract helping to heal inflamed skin from within. Probiotics are formed in the fermentation process too, keeping your gut full of good bacteria!

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Eat to beat the bloat
The last thing you want to feel on your big day is bloated and uncomfortable. The usual culprits are dehydration and digestive issues (that pesky gut again!), but the good news is you can totally set your body straight.

Avoiding processed foods and adding probiotics like natural yoghurt, and foods high in water content like watermelon and cucumber into your diet is a great way to heal your gut and keep hydrated from the inside out. For bonus points, get in the habit of starting the day with a glass of room temperature water with a little lemon – this will help to reduce the amount of salt retained in your body, meaning a flatter tummy. Yay!

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Eat your way to picture perfect nails
We know, we know, you’ve probably got your manicure all booked in for a few days before the wedding, so you don’t need to worry about your nails, right? But when it comes to strong and healthy nails, no amount of pampering will beat the results that come with a nourishing diet.

Upping your intake of lean protein with fish, tofu, spinach and eggs, and zinc with kidney beans, pumpkin seeds and oysters will give you beautiful, resilient, chip-resistant nails. No need to worry when popping the champagne on W-day morning then!

Eat to fight fatigue
All that planning has probably taken its toll on your energy levels and the last thing you want is to feel burnt out by the time the big day arrives – trust us, you’ll need all the oomph you can muster to keep going on that wonderful but crazy day!

Keep tiredness at bay by nourishing your body with eggs, which provide an impressive 30 per cent of your daily protein requirement, and iron-packed spinach. Do you often feel the afternoon slump? Avoid blood-sugar dips with complex carbs like quinoa: cook with coconut milk to make a power porridge or use instead of rice for a healthier curry night.

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Eat to get happy
If you’re feeling a little down in the dumps, it’s tempting to reach for the crisps and chocolate, but going for processed products and refined sugar will only cause even more mood swings from the sugar spike and inevitable slump.

Bear with us – we’re not totally sucking all fun out of treat night. Carbs may be the answer! However, it’s all about the type of carbs you choose to eat and how you eat them. A low-fat, low-protein, high-carbohydrate snack (think a toasted English muffin with a dollop of homemade jam) will create serotonin in the body, a neurotransmitter that boosts mood and curbs cravings. Score!

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Eat your way to gorgeous glossy hair
Got visions of walking down the aisle with long, glossy, bouncing locks? This can totally become a reality if you eat right. Nuts in general are a fantastic source of hair-enhancing vitamins and minerals, but walnuts, in particular, are considered among the very best for nourishment.

This is because they contain a potent blend of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, protein, vitamin E and copper, which protects hair against heat by acting as a shield. Lentils, also, are a good source of zinc and biotin, helping with good hair health – plus they’re packed full of protein, which aids with the strengthening of your actual hair strands – add some into your soup or salad and watch that hair shine!

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