By Charlotte Wang
Turns out, you really are what you eat! Using the top of the line shampoo is unlikely to save your hair if it’s not growing in long and strong, and why just have vitamin C in our facial masks when we can be ingesting it too? After all, beauty starts from within – literally!
There isn’t a miracle fruit we can eat to stay eternally young, but the right diet can affect how the skin looks and ages. Let’s take a look at what are the dietician recommended foods for healthy skin and hair:
Seafood – a Healthy Source of Fat
Our body needs fat – not the unhealthy, grease pool, but the essential omega-3s and omega 6s. They are known as essential fats because our body can’t make them, which means we have to eat them. About 3% of our hair shaft is made of omega-3 fatty acids, in the cell membranes of our scalps and in our natural oils that keep our hair hydrated. Salmon is what comes to mind first, but mackerel, sardines and anchovies might be even better! Due to the fact that they’re at the bottom of the food chain, they don’t survive for very long, which means toxins like mercury does not accumulate in them. For those who don’t eat fish, flaxseed oil is also a great source of omega-3s.
Eat Your Greens - Spinach
Spinach might be what gives Popeye his strength, but it’s also an anti-ager! It is rich in beta-carotene, which converts into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is crucial for allowing moisture retention to the epidermis, helping to prevent wrinkles and remove dead skin. To increase its absorption, pair it with a vitamin C rich food – for example a spinach salad with a squeeze of lemon juice.
Musing on Muesli
Time to switch out your morning croissant for some oats and muesli – with high amounts of zinc, biotin, magnesium and potassium, they are essential for preventing the breakage of hair. They also contain vitamins B and E, which a lack of in your diet can show up as dry, itchy skin. Opt for whole grains over refined, white flour based foods whenever you can, to get all the extra benefits.
Eggs, eggs, eggs!
Sunny side up, scrambled or hard boiled – eggs are a super food for hair! One of their key ingredients is sulphur, an essential ingredient that helps with tons of processes including vitamin B absorption and liver function. Sulphur is also necessary for the production of keratin and collagen, which help create and maintain shiny hair, strong nails and healthy skin.
Coco for the Coconut
Coconut water is an excellent natural hydration aid and contains potassium, which helps move nutrients into our cells. Other than its water, coconut oil is high in healthy fats, vitamins E and K and minerals. This makes it one of the best natural nutrients for your hair, boosting growth and shine by moisturising the scalp.
There are so many more foods that can benefit your skin and hair health, but here are the ones we not only found the most interesting but also ones we’ll be introducing more into our diet! Are you in with us?