Just like the beauty of a flower depends on the nutrients within its roots, so is our ability to glow dependent on what’s nurturing us from within. Only so far can topical solutions take us if our inner health isn’t balanced and nourished. That is why we bring to you this Good Magazine article: The 10 Best Foods for Your Looks. It gives to us some solid information on the best foods for skin and hair…and here we give you the short, for quick digestion of course:
1. Dark Chocolate
Recently found was its ability to protect skin from UV damage…as if you need another reason.
They’re all about the monounsaturated fats, which are the “good” kind, attributing to heart health, lowering cholesterol, boosting brain function, and reducing inflammation.
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This what doctors mean by “good fat,” because it attributes to the prevention of heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol, and is a natural moisture lock for skin and hair.
Broccoli has one of the highest all around nutrition profiles (according to a Harvard study), with awesome anti-inflammatory effects that help with everything from eye health and arthritis to heart disease and sun damage.
They’re full of an antioxidant called lycopene, plus vitamins C and A, and are good for overall health and fighting illnesses of all kinds.
6. Green Tea
Green tea contains an antioxidant called polyphenols, which makes it an anti-aging wonder; plus, it has cancer-defending abilities.
7. Salmon (wild, not farmed)
It’s chock-full of anti-inflammatory omega 3s, healthy fats, and vitamin B12, which makes it a big contributor to a radiant complexion.
8. Dark Leafy Greens
Packed with all sorts of vitamins and iron, these help regulate the blood and offer an array of health benefits to help you shine from the inside out.
With a chart-topping antioxidant factor, rounded with vitamin C, fiber, vitamin E, and other brain-boosting nutrients, these little buggers have what it takes to ward off disease and help you stay all shiny and bright.
Avocados are packed with potassium, folate, carotenoids, vitamin E, and monounsaturated fats (which are known to boost happiness), plus are major contenders among the cholesterol-lowering foods.
Thank you, GOOD Magazine for helping us prioritize our menu options, especially as we head into the indulgent holiday season. Hungry now? Dig into 6 Decadent (But Healthy!) Chia Seed Dessert Recipes.