Every year women across the globe pour money into the latest beauty products and technologies. But did you know that beautiful hair, skin and nails can come down to something as simple as your diet? In fact, you can actually eat your way to a healthy body – inside and outside.
Ravinder Lilly, Nutritionist at USANA Health Sciences says, “You really are what you eat, so if you want clear skin, glossy hair and strong nails you need to focus on achieving radiating health and beauty from the inside out. Eating certain foods that contain the right vitamins and minerals means you’re literally feeding your skin, hair and nails.”
Here are Ravinder’s top tips for eating your way to a healthier body – and a healthier look.
Sweet potatoes: The sweet potato is packed with vitamin C, which can help the production of collagen and beta carotene for a healthy glow.
Carrots: Think of them as magic blemish wands that can be used (or eaten!) to clear up breakouts. You can credit this to vitamin A, which effectively helps to prevent the overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer, which is where dead cells and sebum combine and clog pores.
Tinned tuna: The secret ingredient is selenium – this nutrient facilitates the preservation of elastin, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. Remember to buy environmentally friendly line-caught tuna when you can.
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Dark leafy greens:
Tuck into leafy greens for a good dose of vitamin C to help your body produce sebum, your hair’s natural conditioner. For example, spinach is packed with iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C to help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.
Seafood: Omega-3s are important to keep your hair glossy and hydrated. Think of seafood as your new conditioner!
Peanut butter: A lack of B vitamins, specifically biotin, can cause dryness of the nails, so spread some creamy peanut butter on your next sandwich. Peas, oatmeal, Vegemite and beans are also great B providers!
Eggs and cheese: Both eggs and cheese contain bone-building and nail-building calcium. They are also a rich source of biotin, a B vitamin that’s often referred to as the ‘beauty vitamin’.