There is a reason people say a healthy outside starts from the inside, and that is because everything that we put into our bodies eventually gets expelled out. If your diet is poor and consists of a lot of refined sugars and saturated fats you are likely to suffer from more breakouts and have dull looking skin. The key to glowing skin and healthy hair doesn't lie so much in expensive conditioners and moisturisers but rather what we eat and put into our bodies. Here are my top 8 essential foods for glowing skin and healthy hair.
Salmon is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids which play a key role in keeping our skin smooth and supple. They also help to prevent inflammation and provide our skin with healthy oils that reduce dryness, acne and redness. Try it grilled, baked, fresh in sushi or in a salad.
Can anybody say antioxidants galore? This berry is packed full of the goodies that prevent you from premature ageing, add some into your smoothies or morning breakfast bowls!
Spinach is FULL of nutrients and anti oxidants. It is a good source of vitamins B, C and E, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. It is also full of lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy. That's a lot of benefits right there! If you find it hard to incorporate spinach into your diet try swapping out all lettuce for spinach and add it to things such as eggs, rice dishes and smoothies.
Walnuts are full of Omega-3 Fatty acids and Vitamin E which is great for growing strong bones, having healthier hair and brighter eyes. You only need a small amount daily to get your intake so try adding them into yogurt, salads and raw desserts.
This pantry staple is awesome for your skin! Carrots are filled with beta carotene, an anti oxidant that fights ageing. Try them juiced or incorporate raw into salads and snack bags.
6. Green Tea
Green tea has the ability to lower the levels of a blemish producing hormone called DHT. It is packed with anti-oxidants which help to keep your skin looking younger and healthier.
7. Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi is a potent anti oxidant which is also full of Vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for the production of collagen - the elastic tissue in your skin.
Lentils are an amazing source of protein and iron, so they can help you to have nice and full hair especially if you are deficient in iron. They are also the perfect protein pick if you are a vegetarian. Add lentils into your vegetable soup to make a hearty meal.
As you can see most of these foods have Vitamins C & E, iron, protein, anti oxidants and calcium which are all essential for healthy skin, hair and bones. Next time you are in the supermarket look out for these and stay away from those nasties!