Question: What are the best foods for hair, skin and nails?
Answer: Hair, skin and nails require consistent grooming — after all, they are the foundation of all things beauty. And with so many beauty products on the market, it can take years of trial and error to find what’s right for you. Thus, it makes total sense to go back to the basics by eating healthy food. After all, with naturally healthy hair, skin and nails, you can spend less time and money on artificial products. For a naturally healthy look, berries, fish, nuts, and leafy greens are the four cheapest yet healthiest items you should stock up on.
Berries are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and especially antioxidants. They are super easy to incorporate into your diet too; I use them to brighten up salads and create tasty smoothies. Blueberries in particular have a crazy high amount of antioxidants. In addition, Vitamin C improves the collagen in your skin and increases circulation, so you can stock up on Vitamin C rich food like oranges and cherries too.
You’ve probably noticed that fish has been featured all over The Food Network and food blogs. It’s popular for a reason: fish is a wonderful source of healthy protein and fat, including omega-3s. Omega-3s fight inflammation, and help heal sunburn and even tired, puffy eyes. If you don’t know where to start, salmon is delicious to sear, bake, grill or sauté. I love to have fun with it; there are tons of salmon recipes on Pinterest and food blogs.
Just like fish, nuts are an excellent source of protein and healthy fat, so I always have trail mix at home. Protein helps keep your hair strong, after all. When you’re at the grocery store, pick up some trail mix, brazil nuts or walnuts — they’re fun to toast and throw in a salad.
Leafy greens like kale, chard and spinach are flying off grocery store shelves due to their amazing health benefits. These leafy greens fight inflammation, have awesome amounts of antioxidants, and are loaded with Vitamin A, B and C. So if you’re getting tired of over-hyped beauty treatments, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much better you’ll look and feel when you incorporate these four wonderful ingredients into your diet!