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You are what you eat, so what do your hair, skin and nails say about you? This list of the best beauty foods will have you glowing and gorgeous in no time.
Found in fresh fruit and vegetables, vitamin C is essential to maintain healthy skin and helps to boost the immune system and fight fungal infections. Eating peppers, which have a high water content – one large pepper supplies the body with the equivalent of a glass of water – helps keep your skin hydrated. The orange peel effect affects about 95% of women. Eating kiwi fruit, which is extremely high in vitamin C, can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Also try: celery, berries, papaya.
Seafood is ideal if your skin has lost some of its lustre and softness. It contains copper, vital for creating collagen and springy elastin, which form the deeper layers of the skin. Copper also helps to absorb ultraviolet rays and creates an even, natural skin colour and a thick, healthy head of hair. Also try: Walnuts, strawberries, wholemeal bread.
This strange-sounding acid, found in chamomile tea, helps you to relax. If you’re suffering from a lack of sleep, try drinking some before going to bed. Chamomile tea can also help to kick- start a sluggish liver or kidneys, which can cause dark circles around the eyes. Also try: warm water with lemon, prunes, yellow peppers.
Avocado really is the skin-saver of the food world. You can use avocados externally to moisturise dry, damaged skin, or eat them for numerous complexion benefits. Avocados are packed with omega-3 acids, which help to plump out skin cells, and provide the nourishment needed to prevent dryness and wrinkles. Also try: salmon, nuts, seeds, papaya.
Pumpkin seeds contain a large amount of iron, which helps to supply oxygen to the hair roots and can help prevent hair loss. It will also encourage hair to grow much faster. The protein in pumpkin seeds also helps build keratin, the protective coating of hair which makes it shiny. Also try: mackerel, tuna, flax seeds.
White spots on your nails may indicate that you are lacking in vitamin E. Try adding some oats to your diet, such as porridge, to make sure you get sufficient levels. Vitamin E provides the soft pink colour in nails, and helps to keep them healthy and strong. Also try: pine nuts, sesame seeds, cashew nuts.
If you suffer from excessively dry or oily skin, or your skin breaks out in spots on a regular basis, you could be deficient in zinc, which is vital for skin repair and renewal. To counteract this, eat low-fat protein, such as lean beef. It is a good source of minerals, including the antioxidants selenium and zinc. Also try: chicken, maple syrup.
If you suffer from dry, cracked lips, particularly in the colder months, it may indicate a lack of riboflavin, or vitamin B2. This deficiency can cause an inflammation of cells in the lips, causing swelling and cracks. Eating a pot of yoghurt every day can help to prevent this as it’s packed with vitamin B. Also try: almonds, cheese, milk.