Are you lusting after a long, healthy mane and clear, glowing skin? Add these five foods to your diet and you’ll be glowing in no time.
Lemon (and warm water)
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but a great way to start off your morning is to drink warm water with a couple of lemon slices. It may be over used, but for good reason. Drinking this before anything else (yes, that means before your morning coffee) will detoxify your body and set you up to eat well throughout your day. The vitamin C in the lemons helps with collagen production, which is essential for healthy skin.
If you are looking to increase your skin’s glow or your hair’s shine, don’t be afraid of (healthy) fats! Avocado is the ultimate beauty food in my opinion. My favourite ways to eat avocado is to throw it into my smoothies (it makes them super creamy), spread it on toast, or whip it up into some guac. You can also use avocado to make a DIY face or hair mask, but let’s be honest, I can’t resist eating my avocados.
These little seeds are powerhouses, packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system in our body. These essential fats paired with b-vitamins in flax seeds can help fight dryness and improve symptoms of skin issues like acne, rosacea, and eczema. To get the full benefits of flax seeds, eat them ground (or throw them into your smoothies and let your blender do the work).
I eat this stuff all day long. No seriously. I use coconut oil in all of my cooking in place of olive oil as well as blended up into my morning coffee. The fats in coconut oil help your skin feel moisturized, can help with anti-aging, and will strengthen your hair. In addition to ingesting coconut oil, it also works well as a hair mask or leave-in conditioner. When picking out a coconut oil, it’s helpful to look for certified organic, and cold-pressed.
Getting your daily dose of nutrient-dense greens is easier said than done. Most greens powders are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients, which are essential to looking, and feeling your best. You can find greens powders in all health food stores, online, or even at some grocery stores. I recommend taking a peek over at the ingredients list and nutrition label before purchasing one. Think, the greener the better.
Written by Melanie Trottier @melanielaurene