Beauty Boosting Nutrition And Food
An internally balanced body is an externally beautiful body. In our rush to eat on-the-go, the nutritional value of the foods we eat is often lower on the totem pole than our hunger. While the foods you choose might fill your belly, they may not support your internal balance. Many of your skin, hair, health, and beauty problems can be tackled with a few small dietary changes. When it comes to beauty, the foods and vitamins below should be of top priority.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for skin health. There are many ways to increase your Omega intake. Eat one or two servings of Omega-rich foods, 3 days a week to decrease inflammation, clear your skin, manage oil, and give your skin a healthy glow. Just remember that there is such thing as too much of a good thing. If your daily intake of Omegas is too high, it can actually lead to inflammation. Some Omega-foods include:
- Wild caught salmon
- Chia seeds
Beetroot is an often underutilised food that is actually quite versatile. Beetroot can be juiced, steamed, pickled or eaten raw. What makes this root vegetable so unique, is that it tastes distinctly different in each of its forms. When it comes to skin and beauty, beetroot helps to cleanse your liver and lymphatic system. This will brighten your eyes, and clear breakouts caused by toxins in your liver.
Collagen and elastin are essential for helping our skin remain firm and wrinkle-free. While many beauty creams are infused with collagen, aim to increase collagen-boosting foods in your daily diet. This includes:
- Red fruits and vegetables
- Orange fruits and vegetables
- Dark leafy greens – especially seaweed, kale, and spinach
- White tea
- Bone broth
Fruits And Veggies
Fruits and vegetables are rich in beauty boosting antioxidants. Aim for 3 to 5 servings daily of both fruits and vegetables, especially those containing vitamins A and C – berries and citrus are the top of this list. Enjoy your produce fresh, frozen, juiced, baked, stir-fried or even blended into your favourite smoothie.
Skin, Hair, and Nail Supplements
One of the easiest ways to boost the health of your skin, hair, and fingernails is to take nutritional supplements daily, or 2 or 3 days a week. This includes:
- A daily multi-vitamin
- Omega-3 or Omega-Complex
- Collagen-boosting supplements
- Healthy levels of beauty-boosting A, B, C, D, and E vitamins
Nourishing Your Skin
While amping up the amount of healthy, whole fruits and vegetables in your diet will certainly help to balance your body from the inside out, you must not forget to nourish your skin from the outside in. This is essential for both adults and kids, and men and women of all ages.
Stock your beauty cabinet with natural bath and beauty products, that are void of harsh chemical ingredients that actually age your skin. This includes your bar soap or shower gel, body lotion, facial serums and moisturisers, deodorant – and all make-up and skincare products. Take things one step further, by selecting products designed to address your specific beauty needs.
Water might not be food, but H2O is vital to maintaining optimal health and beauty. Aim to drink 8 to 10 glasses of hydrating fluids each day. This certainly doesn’t all have to be water. Also, drink herbal tea blends, fruit-infused water, electrolyte filled beverages, and coconut water.
Further support your skin with steam, sauna, regular exercise, exfoliation, Epson salt baths, dry brushing and other natural skin-healthy habits!
What are your secrets? What superfoods do you eat regularly? Do you eat them for a specific reason or just as a generally healthy diet? We’d love to hear from you, so please leave your comments below. And as always, if you think this article is interesting, why not share it with your friends and family – I’d really appreciate it if you do 🙂