9 Superfoods That Have an Insane Impact on Your Look and Well Being

By Patrick Banks

Posted 3 weeks agoHEALTH

Spoiler Alert: This article contains a list of nutritious-rich superfoods, ideal for your overall health and well-being, and keep you in shape.

Your happiness is dependent on your health, both physiological and psychologically. So, are you ready to move towards a healthier version of yourself? If you probably have been reading this till now, the answer is a definite Yes!

Want to know the secret to 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 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 aids 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 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 superfood, consider them a nutrient powerhouse that contains large doses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols. Eating the right combination of superfoods reduces the risk of chronic disease, boosts energy and increases the chances of prolonged life. People who eat superfoods are usually healthier and thinner than those who don’t.

Superfoods for Great Looking, Energized You

Your happiness is dependent on your health, both physiological and psychologically. So, are you ready to move towards a healthier version of yourself? If you probably have been reading this till now, the answer is a definite Yes!

1. Nuts & Seeds

Full of fiber, always keep your bowels healthy and keep you feeling full. They are delicious, and a healthy choice, but don’t overdo it, or you’ll be counting calories.

So try consuming nuts raw or roasted (without oil). It has antioxidants that help in fighting cancer. Although they are high in calories, eating in correct proportions every day can keep you in the best shape

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.

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.

Chia seeds are a great choice to ensure your body has a solid portion of proteins. Despite their tiny size, the little black seeds are packed with essential nutrients, such as antioxidants fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. You can easily add them to a nut milk making a powerful energizing combo.null

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. Dark Chocolate

Loaded with nutrients and made from seeds of cocoa, it is undoubtedly the best source for antioxidants in the world. It also contains fiber and other minerals. However, it should be consumed in moderate amounts because it contains many calories.

Apart from the health benefits, it is also suitable while you’re on your periods, as the magnesium and antioxidants found in cocoa, help you reduce mood swings and pain. The cocoa helps the body excrete a chemical, namely serotonin, which makes you feel happy. In a way, it encourages us to take care of ourselves.

3. Coconut

Already classified as a worldwide superfood, it is known for the numerous positive effects on your health. It includes reducing fat from the body, contains good cholesterol, and also great for your skin, hair, and oral hygiene.

Recently there has been a lot of hype regarding the oil extracted from coconuts. You can try opportuniteas mct oil (medium-chain triglycerides) known for its abilities to energize your brain and kill your cravings when you’re trying to lose weight. It’s easier on the stomach and easy to blend.

4. Eggs

They are easy to cook, rich in proteins, inexpensive on your budget, and have all the nutrients required for the human body to function. You cannot miss out on a single reason to avoid this superfood. In the past, there were some myths associated with eggs being a risk for the heart, but science proves otherwise.

5. Garlic

Garlic, for decades, was known as a portion of food as well as medicine, mostly thanks for choline, a substance important in a process of DNA synthesis and beneficial for healthy nervous system. Hippocrates used to prescribe it to his patients for several medical conditions.

Only until now, research has proved its invaluable benefits. It is nutritious, yet combats sickness, cold and helps the body in detoxifying. For a delicious homemade drink, try this recipe:

  • One full lemon
  • One crushed clove of garlic
  • One glass of warm water

Mix it well and enjoy it. Also, try adding garlic in lemon tea. It also aids in losing weight.

6. Yogurt

It is considered a favorite dairy product for centuries. Another high-protein product which makes you feel full and is excellent for digestive health. It also comes in a variety of flavors, as well as low or full-fat variants. However, it is suggested to avoid if you’re lactose tolerant. 

7. Avocado

These days the Avacado fruit is quite popular among the health-conscious people due to its high nutrient values. Surprisingly, they come in different colors and shapes, from green to black, and contain over 20 vitamins and minerals. According to research, it contains more potassium than bananas and is considered a weight-loss-friendly food.

8. Dates

As you may have realized by now, the term superfoods are used everywhere, in magazines, television shows, and where not. There is one more addition to this list, and it isn’t just a member of the dry fruits category, it is the ultimate food.

We are talking about sweet and chewy dates. They are nutritious, high in fiber, and very convenient to add to your diet. However, it is essential to consume them in moderation. 

9. Spinach

A list without Spinach wouldn’t suffice. The Popeye-Spinach analogy helped the consumption in the US increase massively. 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 soup, use it in your salad or cook them with meat and you will definitely love the outcome.

So, here is the list of 9-super foods served to you in a platter for you to pick and chose. Try adding any of these in your favorite dishes and enjoy the benefits. We wish you happier and healthier eating.

Bell Peppers

bell-pepper

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.

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.

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 is a Berlin-based dating advisor, motivational speaker, a huge fitness and vegan diet enthusiast and the main editor at Wingman Magazine, specialised in men's health. His ultimate goal is to share with men around the world his passion for self-development and to help them to become the greatest version of themselves. He believes a healthy body and successful social interactions are two main keys to happiness.