We all know the old saying: You are what you eat. Well, silly though it may sound, there’s actually some truth to it. The nutrients we consume help form the building blocks of our body—and that includes our hair and skin. In a real and direct way, what we eat determines the quality of our skin, our hair, and beyond.
In other words: If you want lovely, lustrous, and healthy hair, plus radiant and soft skin, there’s no great trick to it. It largely comes down to eating well. The question is, what should you be eating to nourish and enrich your skin and hair?
What’s on the Menu?
Consider some of these delicious items as you seek to eat with your skin and hair in mind:
Salmon. This fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which your body doesn’t produce on its own but go a long way toward helping your hair grow. These fatty acids also help your hair to maintain its shine.
Greek yogurt. Proteins are the building blocks of the body—and that includes the hair. Without protein, your luscious locks can’t grow, so protein-packed foods are ideal for keeping that hair healthy. Greek yogurt is one of the best, healthiest options here.
Red bell peppers. You may know that Vitamin C is a pre-cursor to collagen production, and also a powerful antioxidant in its own right; in other words, it’s necessary for achieving healthy skin. What you might not realize is how much Vitamin C is packed into a red bell pepper—even more than what you find in an orange!
Spinach. Love it or hate it, spinach is chock full of beta carotene, which transforms into Vitamin A—a powerful anti-aging nutrient. Its benefits are many, but high on the list is how well it keeps your skin moisturized. Spinach will also keep your hair from turning brittle.
Iron-fortified cereal. How do you prevent hair loss? One natural way is to make sure you’re getting your recommended daily allowance of iron. Iron-fortified cereal is one way to do that, though you can also try lentils, beef, and/or dark leafy greens.
Coconut. Coconut water is great for keeping the body hydrated, and it’s also loaded with potassium, which helps move the nutrients we need into the cells where they belong. If you don’t like eating coconut, try a coconut water, available anywhere that sells health foods.
Eggs. The health benefits of eggs are almost too numerous to name. Here are the ones that apply to our topic today: Eggs help produce collagen and keratin, which in turn make shiny hair, strong fingernails, and healthy, radiant skin.
There are other foods we could add to the list, but hopefully these provide a good starting point. Remember: Loading your body with junk will take its toll on everything, including your hair and skin. Eating nutrient-rich foods, though, will help you achieve the healthy look you long for!
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