The saying goes: “you are what you eat” and believe it or not, it’s true! Eating a healthy, balanced diet is beneficial to every part of your body. There are certain foods to eat for healthy hair, skin and nails as they nourish your body with Omega-3s and much more. Grab a fork and a spoon and dig into these foods that will keep you looking beautiful and healthy, both inside and out.
Avocado is a fruit high in monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-9 and omega-6. It also contains vitamins B6, B3 and C, beta-carotene, folate, copper, magnesium, iron and potassium. Avocado improves digestive health and naturally moisturizes the skin, so you should eat it as a substitution for butter twice a week.
Flax seeds contain omega-3, omega-6, phytochemicals, silica, mucilage, oleic acid, protein, fiber and vitamin E. Thanks to this powerful combination of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, flax seeds are anti-inflammatory. Treat flax seeds as an ingredient, not a supplement. Pick up some ground flax seeds or flax seed oil and incorporate it in salad dressing, smoothies and shakes to increase nutritional value.
Lemons are great for your diet, just do not rub them on your face. Lemons contain vitamin C, folate, calcium and potassium. The pectin from the pulp contains flavanoids that remove toxins from the bowel, which clears the skin. Squeeze lemon juice in your water, use it in salad dressing and squeeze it on fish before serving.
Tumeric is a spice that contains a special flavonoid called curcumin that claims to have an anti-cancer and anti-Alzheimer effect on the body. It also contains calcium, magnesium and potassium. Add two teaspoons to a glass of water or vegetable juice or simply use in meals as a seasoning. This spice has more of a positive internal effect.
Seaweed, such as kelp and kombu, contains iodine, beta-carotene, vitamins A, B, D, E and K, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, selenium and zinc–the list goes on! These ingredients make it perfect for clearing up skin and great for aiding in constipation, which can have negative effects on the skin. Sprinkle kelp into soups, stews and stir-fry.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is beneficial if you purchase a good quality bottle that contains “mother” in the title. “Mother” is a combination of probiotics, minerals, enzymes and healthy bacteria. This makes apple cider vinegar anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. Make sure when incorporating ACV into your diet that you shake the bottle well to get a bit of “mother” into each dose. Drink two teaspoons daily in a glass of water or mix a teaspoon or two into your salad dressing.
Last, but not least is the powerhouse of the group: fish. Oily and deep sea fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring and eel) contain therapeutic amounts of omega-3, protein, vitamin D and iodine, so fish is a potent anti-inflammatory food. Your body needs omega-3 to grow hair and to keep the scalp and hair hydrated. You should eat oily fish two to three times a week.