6 foods to make you shine.
Every cell in the body requires specific nutrients in order for it to function as best as it can. This includes the cells making up hair, skin and nails. Internal nourishment is therefore the key to maintaining external beauty. While a balanced diet will provide the array of nutrients for growing and maintaining hair, skin and nail cells, it is how well the body uses those foods that makes the difference.
A healthy digestive system, liver and clean bowels make a world of difference to your external cells. Add these six foods to your diet to nourish your body and get shiny hair, glowing skin and healthy nails.
Spinach and silverbeet are a powerhouse of nutrients, providing high amounts of iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamins B, C and E, omega-3 essential fatty acids as well as lutein, an antioxidant within the carotenoid group.
High in omega-3 and vitamin E, walnuts help keep blood vessels strong, reducing the risk of broken capillaries. there are so many ways to enjoy this health-giving nut, including: add to a smoothie or include some chopped walnuts on your morning porridge for an energising start to the day; make your own pesto – combine basil, walnuts, olive oil and garlic in a food processor and serve with pasta or on sandwiches, or add chopped walnuts to your favourite summer salad for extra texture.
Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of the anti-ageing antioxidant lycopene. To make the most of the lycopene available in tomatoes, it’s best to cook them first. Keep a jar of homemade pasta sauce with basil and garlic on hand – it can double as pizza sauce.
These juicy fruits are super high in vitamin C, which works to keep our skin firm and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Enjoy these tasty fruits chilled, as a sweet indulgence after dinner. They’re also delicious chopped up on porridge or cereal.
Oysters are rich in zinc, an essential mineral required for the renewal and repair of skin cells. Zinc is also essential to the growth of strong hair and nails, providing the perfect reason to enjoy some freshly shucked oysters.
This snack provides a high amount of calcium, which is needed to keep nails strong and less likely to break. Blend with blueberries and freeze to make your own healthy frozen yoghurt dessert.