There’s no big secret when it comes to having beautiful hair and flawless skin, and you won’t find it at the bottom of your makeup bag. You are what you eat, as a popular saying goes. If you indulge in high-calorie food loaded with saturated fat and sugar, your appearance suffers. One of the most effective ways to improve your appearance, be it your weight, skin, or hair, is to eat healthy food. We have listed down a few of the tips below. Tuck into some of these delicious super foods and see the difference.
Walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, biotin and vitamin E which are needed for smoother skin, brighter eyes and healthy hair. It helps protect your cells from DNA damage. Too little biotin can lead to hair loss. Fishman says,” Walnuts also have copper, a mineral that helps keep your natural hair colour rich and lustrous”. You don’t need to be munching on them all day either, just eat a little every day or sprinkle some on a salad to see the benefits.
Rich, creamy and delicious, avocados are filled with monounsaturated fats, which are great for skin, hair and your nails.
Tiny but mighty, these legumes are teeming with protein, iron, zinc, and biotin making it a great staple for vegetarian, vegans, and meat eaters. Toss other beans such as soybeans and kidney beans into your soup or salad.
Kale has been causing quite a stir recently and has even been hailed by some as one of the best foods that you can eat for health reasons. Kale is packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Try it as a part of a salad or steam it as an alternative green vegetable.
Don’t overlook the common tomato in your beautiful healthy hair and flawless skin diet. Even cooked, it’s the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene that you can eat.
This berry is high in Vitamin C . Most berries are healthy, but strawberries are especially effective for promoting collagen production and helping to keep skin supple. Exotic super fruits may come and go but when it comes to vitamin C, “It’s hard to top this nutrient superhero,” Drayer says. C is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.
Besides being rich in protein and vitamin D (both are key to strong hair) the omega-3 fatty acids found in this tasty cold-water fish are the true superstar. Your body can’t make those fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. If salmon doesn’t thrill you, you can also get essential fatty acids from fish like herring, sardines, trout, and mackerel.
Feed your skin and hair with all the vitamins that they need with sweet potatoes – a rich source of vitamins, including A, C and E, as well as having a high beta carotene content which helps brighten your eyes and protect your skin. It also helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp, and being low on vitamin A can even leave you with itchy, irksome dandruff. Carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots are all good sources of beta carotene.
Not everybody’s favourite food, but one that is well known for its amazing health benefits. Stock up on arugula and spinach, as they are rich in antioxidants that make you free of blemishes and help you achieve that radiant and flawless skin you desire. Rich in minerals and vitamins, as well as those all-important omega-3 fatty acids, try spinach as an alternative to lettuce in a salad. If it was good enough for Popeye, it’s good enough for us!
Mix it with fruits for breakfast or eat it as a healthy snack, Yoghurt has loads of calcium and is great for a healthy and glowing skin, as well as beautiful hair. It’s also good for helping to clear up a range of skin problems including acne, dandruff and more.
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.