7 Foods to Eat for Healthy Skin and Hair
- Posted on: Oct 13 2020
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Nutrition is important for our overall health. Sticking with an unhealthy diet that is lacking in vitamins and minerals and rich in empty calories can have dramatic effects on our health. It can lead to weight gain, organ problems, and an overall sickly appearance.
The level of our health reflects in how we appear. Our skin and hair immediately show if we lack the necessary nutrients.
Scientists are hard at work trying to learn more about the modern diet and what food products we should include that can have significant benefits to the health of our skin.
Below are 7 of the best food types that impact skin and hair health.
To start off the list, let’s go with the food product that offers not only nutrition but also excellent in taste. Salmon is rich in fatty oil, the kind of oil that’s good for the body. You also get a ton of protein with salmon, as well as vitamins and minerals. Iron and vitamin B12 present in salmon can make the hair more vibrant and colorful.
Omega-3 found in salmon can help protect our skin against damage caused by the sun and also help to support the health of our scalp. Getting enough protein is also connected with preventing hair loss.
So look for menus with salmon the next time you search for places to eat.
Growing up we’ve been told time and time again to ensure healthy eyesight. But carrots are not only good for sight, eating enough of has also amazing implications for our hair and skin. Beta-carotene in carrots is an excellent antioxidant. This means it can help remove harmful toxins and free radicals that are by-products of metabolism.
Beta-carotene also has amazing anti-aging properties as well as helping promote healthy hair and nails.
Just like carrots, tomatoes are also great anti-oxidants and beneficial to the skin. They are rich in vitamin C, lycopene, carotenoids, and beta-carotene which, as previously mentioned help rid the body of toxins that contribute to skin aging and skin cell damage. Eating foods rich in carotenoids also protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
We eat it almost every day not knowing that eggs keep our skin and hair healthy. Not only are eggs packed with protein that help promote hair growth, but they are also rich in vitamin A, E, B7, B12, and iron, all of which are crucial not only for our skin and scalp but our overall health.
Whether you prefer your eggs sunny side up, boiled, in an omelet, or frittata they serve as a nutritious and delicious meal or snack throughout the day.
These little balls of juicy goodness are not only great mixed with your morning oatmeal, but they also serve as an excellent and nutritious midday snack. Blueberries are effective antioxidants, just like fruits and vegetables, and can help the body effectively eliminate byproducts of metabolism.
Many consider blueberries to be power foods and they’re delicious to boot. The anti-aging properties of blueberries are excellent at combating acne.
Just like salmon, avocados are high in fat content. Dietary fat benefits many of the body’s functions including maintaining healthy skin. Eating enough avocados will ensure that your skin is supple and well-hydrated. Studies have also suggested that avocados can help protect the skin against sun damage.
If you want healthy and young-looking skin and hair for a long time then you should consider including walnut as part of your regular diet. Like all nuts, walnuts are a great source of fatty acids like Omega-6 and Omega-3. These are the kinds of fats that the body needs but can’t make on its own.
Walnuts contain a good balance of these two fatty acids and can help in preventing potential inflammatory problems like psoriasis and eczema.
Walnuts also contain micronutrients like zinc which is essential for the skin to effectively function as a barrier. Zinc is also needed for wound healing as well as reducing inflammation.
These are only some of the foods that ensure our skin and hair are kept healthy and beautiful. What’s important to remember when choosing what to eat is to put more emphasis on foods that offer the most nutrition rather than those with high caloric content. For better skin and scalp health, choose foods rich in vitamins and minerals.
Eliza Brooks loves to travel, taste different cuisines, and write about her experience. She is currently working with RedRobin, one of the best places to eat in Missoula.
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