A well-balanced diet can go a long way toward overall health. As a well-balanced diet provides nutriets and vitamins to your body for optimum function, it can also aid in healthy hair and skin!
Protein & Omega 3’s
“When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it’s hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron. ‘Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,’ says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. ‘A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.’ Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.”
“Research on the best foods for healthy skin is limited. Still, antioxidant-rich foods seem to have a protective effect for the skin. Consider these skin-friendly foods:
- Carrots, apricots and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
- Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
- Beans, peas and lentils
- Fish, especially salmon
We’d love to hear about your favorite healthy snack or recipe incorporating these ingredients!