Beauty | Foods to Nourish from the Inside Out

The saying "You are what you eat" definitely holds true in so many ways. If you eat crap, you're going to feel like crap.

My eating hasn't been all the way together lately, and it's definitely not conducive to my plans to shed some weight or my goals to preserve my youth.

I don't eat too bad, but there's always room for improvement.  I've been feeling really sluggish and tired, even when I've had 7-8 hours of sleep. The goal from now on is to not only work out consistently, but to change my eating habits so I can really start seeing results.

There's been a few healthy eats that I've been enjoying and incorporating into my diet that not only does the body good, but does the skin and hair good as well.

  1. Water: Water is essential...period. Drinking water daily is a no-brainer, and I honestly am just now understanding the importance of drinking enough water on a daily basis. Water hydrates the skin from the inside out, which eliminates dry flaky skin. Being properly hydrated also brings out your skin's natural glow, so you're looking radiant all throughout the year. 
  2. Kale: Kale is pretty popular for its low calorie and high fiber content. It is also known for its high vitamin A and Vitamin K content. Research shows that a diet lacking Vitamin A leads to flaky, dry skin. Nobody likes dry patches, especially since it prevents your foundation or tinted moisturizer from going on flawlessly. Vitamin K, on the other hand, is great for skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of dark circles. Kale also works wonders for hair! It's rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6. Taking in more kale helps with hair elasticity which helps to eliminate breakage, strengthen your roots, and increase blood circulation to your scalp, which is stimulates hair growth. 
  3. Blueberries: I've never been a huge blueberry fan, but since I started eating fridge oats every morning (oats, greek yogurt, almond milk, almond butter, honey, and frozen blueberries), they've become one of my favorites. 
    Blueberries are great for acne-prone skin, helping to eliminate toxins from the body to help clear up your skin so it looks younger and healthier. Blueberries are also rich in Vitamin C, which stimulates the production of sebum, your scalp's natural oils to work as a natural conditioner. 
  4. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are more than just a savory sweet treat in casseroles on Thanksgiving. It's definitely one of those foods that are underrepresented, especially when it comes to hair and skin benefits. The beta-carotene present in sweet potatoes gets converted into Vitamin A, which is essential to preventing hair loss and dry, lifeless hair. The vitamin A boosts your scalp's natural oils, adding moisture and promoting growth as Omega-3 nourishes the hair follicles. 
  5. Almonds: I snack on almonds occasionally when at work since our kitchen is always stocked with almonds. Almonds are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E which offer skin protection against sun damage and also helps to hydrate the skin, Omega-3 fatty acids which help improve skin radiance, and Vitamin D and Magnesium which helps reduce hair fall. 
Having great skin and healthy hair isn't something that just happens. You have to make sure you're fueling your body with the rights things so your skin and hair can truly flourish. What are you doing to make sure your hair and skin thrives?

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