Enhance your natural beauty by making quick and easy changes to your diet. Consider these superfoods for healthy skin, hair and nails.
There are various foods you can eat to help keep your skin healthy and beautiful. Foods that inflame our cells and cause a breakdown end up tearing apart the collagen, keratin and elastin that provide supple skin, strong and silky hair, and strong, fast-growing nails. Beautiful skin requires two important factors: a healthy lifestyle and skincare products. Part of a healthy lifestyle involves your diet. To achieve smoother and clearer skin, add these superfoods to it.
One of the neatest things about eating a healthy diet is your nails, hair and skin are often the first things to change for the better when your diet improves. Some foods, however, do contain more nutritional properties that support their growth and overall health than others do. Here are some of the best to offer up some of the most overall nutritional components to provide amazing nails, hair and skin quickly.
What you eat is as important as your skincare routine. You can buy the best beauty products on the planet but what goes inside will sooner or later show on the outside, so make sure you approach anti-ageing and beauty-boosting from all angles. Best-selling author and founder of Honestly Healthy, has picked some key foods that are rich in nutrients to help repair, maintain and enhance your skin, hair and nails.
This leafy green vegetable is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach is loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling. Spinach is also a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Trade your lettuce for spinach, or saute spinach for a quick, healthy side.
Avocado is a fruit rich in vitamin C and vitamin E. Both these vitamins are known for their antioxidant properties. In particular, vitamin C helps to reduce skin inflammation and to optimise the production of collagen. This in turn improves skin tone and reduces wrinkles.
Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Surprisingly, lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked or processed, so make sure to stock up on canned tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup.
The jury’s still out on whether oysters are really aphrodisiacs, but they are a good source of zinc, which aids in skin cell renewal and repair. Zinc also keeps your nails, hair, and eyes healthy. Who needs an aphrodisiac when you look and feel beautiful.
Lycopene, another powerful antioxidant, gives tomatoes their bright red colour. Studies have found that lycopene can protect the skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays, a major cause of wrinkles. Unlike most fruits that are best eaten raw to minimise nutrient loss, tomatoes acquire their maximum antioxidant effect when exposed to heat during cooking.
You don’t need to eat cupfuls of walnuts to enjoy their many benefits: smoother skin, healthy hair, brighter eyes, and strong bones. Get your daily dose of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E by eating a handful by themselves or throwing some in your salad, pasta, or dessert.
Fluid is important in keeping cells well hydrated. Good hydration helps nutrients and vitamins to penetrate cells and, conversely, toxins to be flushed out of the body. The usual recommendation is to drink at least 8 cups of fluid per day. The fluid should ideally be low in calories, with no added sugar, to avoid unnecessary weight gain.
So next time you go out to buy skin care and hair care products, take a detour to the food shop instead. Just a few changes to your diet can give you long lasting shining, beautiful hair, flawless skin and glowing complexion a lot more cheaply. And it’s better for you, as well as your purse.