Top 7 Superfoods for Healthy Skin and Hair

Superfoods

Want to know the secret to a glowing skin and strong, healthy hair? Well, it’s not what you apply but what you eat.

As men, we hardly have any magic makeup choices to look all the way handsome and attract those around us with our long lashes, blushing cheeks and cheesy lipstick shades. Many of us envy our counterparts deep down inside because of all the attention they can get thanks to the super expensive cosmetic items stuffed in their teeny bags. (How women carry so much in such a teeny handbag is still a mystery many of us often wonder about).

But hey lads, no need to get disappointed, there’s much more to beauty than cosmetics. Say WHAATT?

You might not agree with me at first, but let’s assume, you have the perfect radiant skin and thick swingy hair, what would you look like. Imagine yourself with these two in perfection and rate yourself on the handsome scale. Pretty good no? A man with the perfect healthy skin can steal hearts like a pro because it adds that charisma to your personality. To top that, thick, gorgeous hair can turn heads towards you wherever you are going. These two features make up the most of the appeal in men.

And the best part, it’s possible without fancy cosmetic products.

EAT WELL, LOOK WELL

The secret to beautiful hair and flawless skin is not on your vanity table, but it lies in your diet. We have all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat”, which is true to its core. When you eat fresh, organic foods, it complements your body and aid proper functioning. Different foods contain different nutrients and the right combinations can give you the much-needed improvement in your complexion and hair. The variety of foods and cosmetics is easily relatable. We have a variety of cosmetic products, each aimed at a certain enhancement. So are foods, some of them are great for skin, while others give you the perfect shiny hair. The question is, which foods are best to eat for a glowing skin and sexy hair?

Based on our research and recommendations from expert nutritionists. Here are 7 superfoods that guarantee gorgeous hair and glowing skin.

What are superfoods anyway?

Before we dive into the list of superfoods great for your skin and hair, it’s important to know what a superfood actually is. By dictionary definition, “A superfood is rich in nutrients considered to be good for health and wellbeing”. There are no rules or criteria to define a super food, consider them a nutrient powerhouse that contains large doses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and polyphenols. Eating the right combination of super foods reduces the risk of chronic disease, boosts energy and increase chances of a prolonged life. People who eat super foods are usually healthier and thinner than those who don’t.

7 Superfoods for Glowing Skin and Gorgeous Hair

1. Chokeberries

Chokeberries, also known as Aronia berries have intense antioxidant properties. According to Eric Helms, founder of Juice Generation, chokeberries beat blueberries and acai when it comes to polyphenols. Due to this specific property, they minimize acne, reduce wrinkles, improve blood circulation and help against inflammation. Aronia berries are really small as compared to blueberries but these little guys have immense power to boost up your blood circulation and improve the wellness of your skin.

If you haven’t tried them as of yet, you must go ahead and make a smoothie with frozen chokeberries. You can bake some muffins too. If you like the taste, you can use them to fill a jam bottle or make a syrup.

2. Bell Peppers

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Bell peppers are the real champ when it comes to vitamin C, they boost the collagen production for healthier hair and skin. When our bodies lack vitamin C, it leads to dryness in both skin and hair. You might often notice split ends in your hair, this is because of the vitamin C deficiency. Hair deficient in vitamin C breaks easily. When you take enough amount of vitamin C, it improves the health of your hair. Bell peppers come in multiple colors like red, yellow, orange, and green and all of them are equally good for health.

You can consume bell peppers in a variety of foods. You can cut them and make a salad, chop them into sticks for your hummus sauce, fry them to give some extra crunch. Bell peppers are also a good ingredient in spaghetti or mix vegetable recipes.

3. Lobster

Who doesn’t love a lobster roll?

Well if you don’t, and you are looking for a good reason to eat one, here it is. Lobsters protect cell membranes and aid speedy skin renewal. They are high in zinc and one of the most recommended foods for a glowing skin. The healthiest way to eat a lobster is to boil it in paella, or you can sauté them in butter. Cheese can also enhance the flavor of lobsters.

May lobster come across as too expensive to include it to you diet? Check out other great sources of zinc.

4. Spinach

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Remember watching “Popeye series”?

Even though cartoons are a bit exaggerated but spinach can definitely work wonders for your health. It comes with a triple dose of anti-oxidants i.e. Vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene, ideal to fight wrinkles. All three work together to protect the skin from hazardous Ultra violet rays coming from Sun. Make a soup, use it in your salad or cook them with meat and you will definitely love the outcome.

5. Lentils

Lentils are your best friends when it comes to proteins. Though animal protein may have some potential risks for chronic diseases but proteins derived from lentils are completely healthy and safe. They cover up your iron deficiencies and are an excellent food to fix your hair. You can boil them with veggies to make a lentil soup or take them with caramelized onions. The point is not how you eat it, you can cook them as per your taste but make sure you have the right balance in your diet.

6. Chia Seeds

These little black guys have hundred times the energy as per their size. They are loaded with fiber, protein and omega 3s, ideal for healthier skin. You soak them in water before you consume them or add them to your smoothie. You can take them with yogurt or pair with some dried fruits. This superfood reduces inflammation, aids the integumentary system and gives that extra shine to your hair.

7. Almonds

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Almonds are already known for their super capacities to boost energy and strengthen cognitive thinking, but that’s not all. Almonds are a great source of vitamin E which is one of the crucial ingredients for a healthy skin. According to a study at the CCDC (Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention), Almonds can protect your skin from oxidative damage caused by smoking and free radicals.

If you are not fond of cooking or going to the kitchen, you can simply take a handful each day, which would be enough to cover the vitamin E your skin needs in a day.

Almond oil is also very effective for skin and hair health, but since it’s a post about foods, we will leave that for now.

About the author Patrick Banks

Patrick Banks is an entrepreneur, full-time dating advisor, and total health & fitness freak. He provides tips on how to exercise and eat well, boost energy and feel confident in your own skin. He believes a healthy body and successful social interactions are two main keys to happiness.