Eat well for beautiful hair and skin
Beauty isn’t just about what you put on your skin, but also what you put in it.
Sometimes we look to products to work miracles, often forgetting that we need to play an active part too in maintaining our looks. And one place we can start is by picking the best foods that will leave us glowing skin, and shiny hair.
We break down some of the best foods to add to your diet. But your already eating them aren’t you?
When your mum said to “eat your greens” she really wasn’t being a nag. Greens supply high quality and easily assimilated amino acids that build the macronutrient in your body and digest cleanly.
They also supply a wide variety of minerals, along with beauty-building vitamins A, C, E, and K. So load up on greens, either by making a green smoothie, or by adding them to wraps, soups, or any dish you happen to be eating. Rotate whatever is in season, spinach, kale, broccoli – as long as it looks good.
Take on board healthy fats helps to promote gorgeous shiny locks. Chia seeds supply you with the type of fats that nourish your whole body, plus omega-3 fatty acids that promote circulation, ensuring maximum nutrition gets to your hair follicle. And this small but powerful superfood also provides
antioxidants to help protect your hair from environmental damage. They’re also versatile, and can be added to smoothies, juices or make a pudding by soaking the seeds in almond milk, a ratio of one part chia to nine parts liquid, sweeten with a touch of coconut nectar or coconut sugar and cacao powder for a delicious dessert that helps your hair look awesome.
Pumpkin seeds are naturally full of biotin (B7). B vitamins grow lush, beautiful and resilient tresses, but also encourages increased growth. The seeds contain vitamin C as well, which helps produce sebum, the body’s natural oil that conditions hair.
This beauty wonder contains a whole host of minerals, antioxidants, and B vitamins, and is a complete protein. Just throw some in your smoothies, or even try a little scoop of bee pollen with one teaspoon of coconut oil. Introduce it to your diet in tiny amounts to check for an allergic reaction. And if you’re not on a first name basis with your local beekeeper, bee pollen can be found in the refrigerated section of health markets (or online!).
Taking on lots of water ensures your hair stays moisturised and doesn’t dry out. Plus it helps to flush out waste and supports your liver. Excessive cold can contract your stomach, impairing it from properly secreting enzymes and impairing your entire digestive system to a degree—which is not so great for helping your hair get the nutrition it needs! In contrast, hot water (in the form of herbal teas and hot water with lemon) helps enhance cleansing.
And for regular drinking water, stick to room temperature as much as possible.