Friday, February 11, 2011

Eat your way to better skin and hair!

Okay, we all like eating right? -waits to hear the echos of YES!- We all like to look AMAZING too though right? -Hears another loud YES!- Then let me give you some advice on what to eat to improve your hair and skin!

Note: I do mean you have to eat/drink these. Putting cheese on your face isn't going to help you any :P (Just saying before I get any goofy comments)

Almonds- They are rich in amazing fats that help keep your skin clear and bright. You only need to eat a small handful a day, and they are also great for your heart! Try eating a handful of unsalted, natural almonds. Don't eat too many though because they are something you can over indulge in.

Avacado- Not only is it great for a facial mask, it's great to eat too! Eat in moderation because it has a high fat content, and although your skin will look amazing, you will gain weight if you eat too much. It will hel clear up your skin, as well as make it softer and smoother!

Carrots- Not only are they tasty, but they help improve eyesight, and keep the outer layer of your skin maintained, which prevents premature aging!

Cheese- Cheese is tasty, and hard cheeses help prevent bacteria from growing in your mouth and cavities from forming. So next time you want to act like a kid and munch on a slice of cheese (you all know you've done it at least once) grab a slice of cheddar, swiss or gouda. Then when you get funny looks, tell them you are preventing cavities!

Eggs- The high amount of protein in them are great for hair health. Without enough protein, your body stops giving it to your hair and it becomes dry and brittle. (Chicken is also a good source of Protein!)

Garlic- You don't need much, and it may smell like crazy but it does help combat wrinkles and helps restore tissue!

Salmon- The Omega-3 acids support scalp health, and healthy scalp leads to a healthier head of hair!

Wheat Germ- If you include 2 to 3 tablespoons a day of this in your diet, you will be combating acne! Who knew adding one thing could help your face!

Whole Grains- Great for your hair and for your body. Try whole grain cereals and whole grain wheat bread. It'll be healthy and amazing

I will be doing more of these lists as time goes on. Now what about growing your hair? What can help that? Here are a list of foods that help improve hair growth!

There you go! Want to grow your hair, then eat the stuff listed above, and avoid caffine, large amounts of sugar, large amounts of fat, and carbonated beverages. They are detrimental to your hair! STEP AWAY FROM THE SODA!! I KNOW YOU LOVE IT AND CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT, BUT TRY THIS: Drink black tea, which has natural caffine in it. So tasty!!!
Guess what!? Caffine is also bad for your skin in high doses. Is that morning coffee or energy drink worth the toll it takes on your skin? Other foods bad for your skin are salt, alcohol, and processed meats. Two out of those three are almost unavoidable on occasion, but just have them in moderation, have the good stuff you take in, out weigh the bad.

So, there's my "food for thought"! (Yeah, I know... bad joke) Try it out, have a recipe that is tasty and includes the foods above? As long as it's not Grandma's top secret, only blood relatives can have the recipe type thing, share below! (Don't break that implied blood oath with your grandma... she will kick your butt.)

1 comment:

  1. These are great tips! Here are my two tips:
    1. For women, drink light, vanilla soy milk with cereal. It makes periods easier and less painful and crampy. It's an easy way to get soy in your diet, and get a little extra sweetness!

    2. My guacamole recipe (for one)
    - 1 Ripe avocado: yields under light pressure, but doesn't entirely give way
    - Fresh Cilantro
    - 1 Roma Tomato
    - Garlic powder (to taste)
    - 1 small lime (avoid the juice here, so much better!)
    - Green onions
    - Tabasco (to taste)

    Scrape out your avocado and mash with a fork until all the hard lumps are gone. Cut your tomato, cilantro and green onions into small bits and add the desired amount to the avocado. Add garlic powder to taste (I like a lot, so I add a lot) and then add a small amount of tabasco. Mix it all up and then squirt some fresh lime juice on the whole thing. I like to let it sit for a few minutes and let all the flavors mingle. :)

    Eat with Multi-grain Tostitos (which are really good, btw), pita bread or veggies like carrots, celery or jicama (sp?).