Foods for Getting Fabulous Hair, Skin and Eyes
“You are what you eat” – we’ve heard it a million times! Well, according to research, that might not be far from the truth. The vitamins and nutrients you include in your diet can have a direct effect on your physical appearance.
So if you’re the kind of gal who’s always trying expensive topical creams and ointments to improve your skin and hair, why not save your money and focus on what goes inside your body instead? The guide below offers all sorts of foods and ingredients you can eat to strengthen and brighten your skin, hair – even your eyes!
A note on foods that also help your waistline: as a general rule, natural foods that are good for helping to trim fat are also good for your exterior. The less processed food you eat, the more good you’re doing for your physical appearance. (This means leaving that package of Oreos on the shelf!)
Drinking the right amount of water each day is also essential for external health. The average person ought to drink half of her body weight in ounces a day (i.e., a 160-lb. woman needs 80 oz. of water).
Drinking water is like taking a bath for your insides. If you’re not a water drinker, find a way to make it fun by adding lemon, buying a fun, sustainable water bottle, even pretending the water is a magic elixir, because it is! Remember: water makes you hotter. Hydration plumps the skin and adds an invaluable glow of health to anyone who commits to drinking it daily. Just think of how you look when you’re sick. A little gaunt, right?
So for the best results, drink plenty of water and eat as many of the foods that will help your skin, hair, and eyes as you can get!
Food for Fabulous, Luminous Skin
Your skin is probably your biggest source of concern when it comes to appearance. It covers your entire body, and when treated well, it’s smooth and glowing with health. However, it’s also the most sensitive part of your body when it comes to aging, acne, and dryness; and unfortunately, that’s the first thing people will notice about you.
Make your skin a priority by reducing your intake of sugars and fatty foods and raising your intake of the following:
Bananas: As weird as it may sound, you want your skin to be nice and elastic, and bananas are one of the best foods for the job. Elastic skin is a sign of hydration and general health, which means reduced flaking and dry spots. The high potassium levels in bananas combat dry skin and enhance elasticity. Throw some bananas into your morning cereal or mix some banana and organic peanut butter ice cream in your blender for a healthier glow.
Red cabbage: In order for your skin to look healthy on the outside, it needs to be free of toxins on the inside. Red cabbage is full of sulfur and iodine, which do wonders for cleansing your body. Cabbage may not be the tastiest treat around, but it’s delicious when served fresh in salads or pickled in coleslaw.
Grapeseed oil: A relatively new trend with hidden rewards for your skin, grapeseed oil is often used in skin creams and lotions. But it’s equally effective on the inside of your body. It’s rich in vitamin E, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles. You can use this oil the same way you would olive oil: for cooking or drizzling over salads and breads.
Protein: Any foods that are high in protein are necessary for healthy skin and nails. Protein found in meats, nuts, seeds, eggs, fruits, and vegetables will protect your nails from breakage and those ugly ridges you sometimes get in your nails.
Dark-colored fruits: The dark color of a fruit indicates it’s high in antioxidants, which are valuable for counteracting the free radicals that cause skin damage. They also help to fight aging. Pomegranates, blueberries, guavas, and red grapes are all packed with age-battling antioxidants.
Food for Long, Strong Hair
Sorry, ladies - if you want less breakage and silkier hair, no amount of creams or name-brand conditioners will do the ultimate trick. Magic creams will only mask the effects of unhealthy hair, but the real secret to more pleasing looks is in the foods you eat.
Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of protein, which is good for your overall health, increased energy, and healthy hair. The iron, protein, and sulfur in eggs help to fight against hair loss and contribute to softer, smoother tresses. For an overall beauty-boosting and health-enhancing meal, mix eggs and spinach.
Meats: Hair health benefits massively from iron, protein, and other trace minerals. Meats—particularly poultry, pork, and beef—are exceptional sources for each of these nutrients. Your body absorbs the vitamins from meat sources more efficiently than from any other source, and that means less hair loss and breakage.
Leafy greens and nuts: Don’t eat meat? Not to worry. You can get your iron and protein from leafy greens, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, and fortified cereals. Your body has a harder time absorbing the nutrients from these foods, so to ease the integration, wash down your greens and seeds with a tall glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or other fruits that are high in vitamin C.
Fish: Your number-one source for omega-3s and fatty acids, fish offers essential nutrients that are difficult to obtain from food otherwise. Your body can’t make fatty acids that help your hair grow on its own; it needs them from your diet. Keeping your scalp hydrated and healthy is also smart. Salmon is one of the best fish sources for the essential nutrients you need for hair growth.
Food for Bright and Healthy Eyes
The eyes are windows to the soul, but how beautiful they are depends on what you eat. Everyone knows that carrots help your eyesight, but they aren’t the only foods that improve the condition of your eyes.
Other foods can make your eyes look bigger and more vibrant.
Spinach: Yes, spinach is high in iron, but it’s also rich in carotenoids, which keep the whites of your eyes clear instead of milky. Spinach helps to reduce broken blood vessels in the whites of your eyes as well, so they stay clear and bright. This power green is excellent when served fresh in salads and sandwiches, or cooked to your liking in a fry pan.
Carrots: Carrots and other orange-colored fruits and vegetables help to promote eye health and protect vision. They are high in beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that contributes to healthy retinas and eye function, and makes these foods orange.
Citrus and berries: Fruits high in vitamin C are known to reduce macular degeneration and cataracts. In fact, researchers believe that 50 percent of cataract-related surgeries could be delayed for up to 10 years if the patient receives the proper intake of vitamin C throughout his or her lifetime.
Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds are exceptional sources of protein and vitamin E, which are nutrients for beautiful eyes. Almonds are particularly good for slowing macular degeneration. One handful of almonds is equal to about half your daily dose of vitamin E.
Overall, gaining a sexy body inside and out is only a matter of taking care of yourself by eating the proper foods. You can enjoy a healthier, cleaner, more beautiful lifestyle, both now and later on.
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