5 Foods That Help Hair, Nails, and Skin

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on April 19 2018

There is certainly some truth to the saying “we are what we eat,” and it is for this reason that foods high in carbohydrates and sugar make us feel sluggish and even have a tendency to mess with our moods. If you ever felt yourself snap after a few too many chocolate bars that could be due to the fact that sugar stimulates a variety of sensations in your body, not to mention the fact that it can wreck havoc on your skin. When it comes to your skin, hair, and nails, there are a few foods that are proven to make them look and feel healthful and vibrant.

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Since hair, skin, and nails are made up of mostly protein, it’s essential that we eat foods that have the appropriate amount to get our skin glowing and our hair and nails shiny and strong. Seafood is one of your best choices when it comes to making sure you are consuming the right amount of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fats, which work toward repairing and preventing dry or cracked skin, nails, and brittle hair. The reason why they are called essential is because our bodies don’t naturally make them, and we have to make sure that we get them by way of consumption. Fish is loaded with these good fats and will give you what you need to keep you looking youthful.

If you find that your hair, skin and nails aren’t looking quite up to par, it could also be due to a lack of iron. Known as having more iron than any other food, meat is packed with this essential nutrient and the redder the meat, the more iron it contains.

Vitamin C is another powerhouse when it comes to protecting your hair, skin, and nails as it is known for making collagen, which is key to toning your skin, and giving it support and shape. It’s also known for being packed with powerful antioxidants, which are responsible for slowing down damage to the skin that results from the sun, cigarette smoke, and car fumes. Since grapefruit is packed with this significant source of nutrition, it’s in your best interest to add the citrusy fruit to your diet. Lemons are also known for their high levels of vitamin C so up your chances of glowing skin by tossing them in your water or on your salad.


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