We all know that poor health and diet can reflect the way we look. Shiny hair, clear skin and strong nail are signs of good health. Specific foods can have a positive impact on your skin, hair, health and overall wellbeing.
How To Achieve Healthy Hair And A Healthy Scalp
To achieve those luscious locks, aim for a balance of protein foods, including dairy produce, nuts and pulses. Next time you do a food shop add these ingredients to your shopping list; Artichokes, Asparagus, Beetroot, Apricots, Citrus Fruits, Kiwi Fruit, Berries, Apples, Oily Fish and Shellfish. If dry hair and itching is a hair concern then this could be a result of zinc deficiency. Shellfish is a good source of zinc as well as red meat and pumpkin seeds. To improve the condition of the scalp, look for foods with essential fatty acids. These can be found in vegetable oils, nuts and oily fish.
To achieve the power of shine minerals in sea vegetables such as Komba and Arame will help. If sea vegetables don’t appeal to you then Vitamins A is a good alternative. To boost your intake of Vitamin A which is also known as Retinol (known for being a beauty hero in vitamins) you can eat Liver, Eggs, Whole Milk and take Fish Liver Oils. Foods such as Carrots, Spinach, Red Bell Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Peaches and Dried Apricots added regularly to your diet is a source of Vitamin A. These foods contain Beta-carotene which the body then converts to Vitamin A. For other tips check out our previous blog post to cure all those hair needs.
Tips On How To Improve Your Skin – You Can Start Today!
We have all over indulged over the winter months and it can play havoc with the skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body and is especially vulnerable to the effects of modern living. One of the main things and easy to achieve steps is to keep hydrated. Ideally try to drink 6-8 large glasses of water every day. Regular exercise and plenty of fresh air can do wonders too and give you that head space we all need too.
Citrus fruit, Avocados, Wholegrain, Nuts, Seeds and different types of seafood provide vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Zinc. All of this help to maintain collagen and elastin, and supple nutrients to the skin. Zinc rich foods can help improve skin conditions such as Psoriasis and Eczema. Vitamin B which is found in Eggs, Fish and Meat promote glowing skin. Fatty fish oils also help to get the glow but also soften and hydrate the skin.
How to Achieve Natural Healthy Nails
How to get healthy natural nails can be very difficult. With simple healthy changes and adding certain foods to your diet. To strengthen nails, eat iron rich foods like Wholegrain Cereals, and Poultry. To optimise iron absorption, eat foods rich in Vitamin C such as Tomatoes and Potatoes. Dry brittle nails may indicate zinc deficiency. Our recommendations to increase your Zinc intake is the same for nails as the skin steps. If you are a vegetarian or vegan Chickpeas and Tofu are jam packed with Zinc. Wide Ridges may indicate a Selenium deficiency which is associated with the function of Vitamin E. To increase your intake Vitamin E look for dark green Vegetables and Nuts. All of our recommendations should be part of a healthy balanced diet.
Why not make a start now and make a small change. Some of these changes could simply be increasing your water intake or to count your nutrients not calories. Stick to these small changes and our recommendations and see if you see a more healthier happier you.
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