By now, you’ve probably already heard about super foods and how they can improve your overall health. While pretty much all foods classified as super foods are good for your body, a select few are especially good for skin and hair health. Incorporating these five super foods into your diet will ensure healthy hair and skin, assuming you already eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
Blueberries are one of the best foods on the planet for your skin and hair because of their incredibly high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants work to get rid of free radicals in the body that can lead to things like breakouts and puffy skin. To incorporate blueberries into your diet, try adding fresh ones to your cereal, oatmeal or yogurt in the morning. Blueberries also make a great snack in the late afternoon, and they’re good for people watching their caloric intake because one cup only contains about 90 calories.
2. Wild Salmon
Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that promote optimal skin and hair health, wild salmon is a food that you should include in your regular diet immediately. The reason you want to buy wild salmon instead of farm-raised salmon is because it is higher in omega-3 fatty acid content and vitamin D. Along with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, wild salmon is also high in selenium, a mineral that can help protect your skin from sun-related damage. Wild salmon can be purchased fresh from many grocery stores and fishmongers, but you can also buy it in cans so you’ll always have some in the pantry.
You’ve probably heard that oysters are an aphrodisiac, and while the jury’s still out on that one, we do know that oysters are very good for your skin and hair. Oysters are particularly beneficial for skin and hair because they’re high in zinc, which promotes skin cell renewal. Faster skin cell renewal means less dead skin, which in turn means better looking skin that isn’t dull, blemished or red. Oysters are also fairly high in protein, which is good for your hair. After all, your hair is made up mostly of a type of protein called keratin.
Putting cucumbers on puffy eyes can make you look better, but eating them can keep your skin and hair healthy too. Cucumbers contain phyto-nutrients like caffeic acid that can reduce skin inflammation and redness, as well as silica, a mineral promotes healthy collagen production in the skin, and healthy protein synthesis for hair health. Cucumbers are also incredibly low in calories, so you don’t have to worry too much about eating them regularly.
5. Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit is good for the hair and skin because it’s rich in vitamin C, even more so than the usual oranges, tangerines and citrus fruits associated with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to keep skin healthy and supple by boosting collagen production. Vitamin C also keeps hair strong and healthy, and deficiencies can lead to damaged hair or hair loss over time.