It starts by eating a diet full of colorful and nutritious whole foods, along with eliminating and/or reducing harmful toxins from our environment and our bodies. I am talking about the emotional as well as physical toxins here. Negative thoughts don’t serve you or your potential. I encourage you to find ways to remove them from your life, which will be very beneficial to your emotional (internal) well-being. The physical toxins are those that are in the air we breathe inside as well as outside of our homes. It’s the added and unnatural chemicals found in our carpets, paint, furniture, body, skin and hair care products, cleaning products, certain types of pots and pans, plastics, etc.
What we eat on a daily basis affects our body on the inside as well as the outside. Eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals will give you beautiful lustrous hair, vibrant, youthful skin and healthy nails. Who doesn’t want that?! How many of these foods find their way to your plate every day?
SUPER FOODS FOR GLOWING HEALTH AND AGELESS/TIMELESS HAIR, SKIN AND NAILS:
LEAFY GREENS: Leafy greens are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Fiber is a great nutrient to help with weight loss because it provides you with a feeling of fullness, which assists in controlling hunger. These glorious plants are also loaded with water, which benefits your hair, skin and nails. You can eat as many leafy greens a day as you want because they are low in calories.
BERRIES: These beautiful little gems are powerful in helping to prevent disease and control inflammation in your body as well as reduce the LDL (bad) cholesterol.
CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES: They can help prevent the growth of cells that can lead to cancer because they minimize free radical production. These vegetables include Bok Choy, Kale, Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower and Broccoli. Enjoy these vegetables sautéed, steamed or roasted.
CHIA SEEDS: Are the highest plant based source for Omega-3 fatty acids. They are packed with fiber, minerals, protein and antioxidants. They help you feel full fast because they expand when added to liquid.
WILD SALMON: This is a good source for Omega-3 fatty acids. It is also high in vitamin D, B2, B3, B6 and B12. Of course, it is a great source of protein as well.
WALNUTS: They are rich in omega-3’s. About a fourth of a cup is the perfect amount for a single serving. Walnuts are so great for brain health. Add some to the top of your salad for a great plant based source of protein.
AVOCADO: These little beauties are full of healthy fats, which help defend your body against heart disease and cancer.
DARK CHOCOLATE: It is packed with antioxidants. It helps stabilize your mood. It can lower blood pressure and enhance blood flow. Look for organic dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. YUM!
MUSHROOMS: A great source to help prevent cancer. They are high in antioxidants. Mushrooms contain minerals such as selenium, potassium, copper, iron and phosphorus. These guys are also a great source of vitamin D and B.
BEETS: Are a great liver detoxifier.
SWEET POTATOES AND CARROTS: They contain vitamins A, B6 and C. They also contain potassium, calcium and fiber. Orange vegetables are high in Phytonutrients, which help prevent disease. They are also high in beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A.
SEA VEGETABLES: Are high in iron and vitamin C. Some of the benefits are prevention of chronic disease and slowing the aging process. They are a good source for detoxifying your body of heavy metals and other pollutants in the environment.
GREEN TEA: It is high in antioxidants, which can help in preventing cell damage. It can also assist with blood flow and lower cholesterol.
WATER: Your skin requires adequate amounts of water to stay hydrated. Dehydrated skin will show more wrinkles and look dry. The best way to determine what is the right amount for your unique body is to divide your body weight in half. Drink that amount in ounces of water every day. If you live in a warmer climate or exercise rigorously, you will need to up your intake a bit to stay properly hydrated.
Eating healthy, seasonal and organic as much as possible equals a vibrant you!