Tuesday, March 1, 2011

You are what you eat...

We've all heard the saying you are what you eat... well in a sense it's true.
Your hair, skin and nails are directly affected by what you eat!

"Lather, rinse, repeat" may be standard advice, but shampoo and conditioner alone won't give you the healthy hair you crave. For the most luxurious locks possible here are a few tips on what you should be eating.

The best foods for healthy hair and skin include items from all four food groups, so finding something you like that will enhance your skin and hair should be easy and tasty. Here's a list of the best foods for healthy skin and hair.

Blueberries- They're rich is antioxidants that protect your skin and hair from damaging UV radiation.

Brazil nuts- They contain selenium, which your body uses to produce a protein that helps promote healthy hair and skin.

Spinach- It's packed with both vitamins A and C, which the body converts to sebum, a natural conditioner produced by hair follicles.

Kidney beans-They're full of protein, which promotes healthy hair growth.

Eggs- They're a great source of B-12, which is essential to healthy hair and skin.

Oysters- they contain the antioxidant zinc, which is crucial to health hair and skin.

Yogurt- Calcium is important for healthy hair as well as strong bones.

Cereal-Even the worst kids' cereals are fortified with iron, a mineral key to healthy skin and hair

Salmon- When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it's hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron."Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health," says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look."
Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.

Carrots- are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good visioin. Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you'd be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

Water- You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increase skin elasticity.

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