Thursday, May 7, 2009

Eating for beauty-some common foods you should be eating if you want to be the best beauty you can be!

Think beautiful hair skin and nails come from the products you use? Think again. The saying you are what you eat, holds merit. In order to have beautiful hair, skin and nails, you must not only use quality shampoos, conditioners, and skin creams, but you must feed the hair and skin from the inside. You may have heard this information many times before, but that is because it is a very important topic. When I was about 16 my mother gave me an old herbal book of hers, and it was then that I discovered the benefits of using herbs, and although I came from a big family where the budget was very tight, whenever I had the opportunity to get a little money I would go to my local health food co-op. One herb in particular I discovered then was Alfalfa. Alfalfa is said to contain traces of many vitamin and minerals. In particular it is high in calcium, protein and silica. I started taking this herb in the dried form encapsulating it in vegetarian capsules myself. I noticed a difference in my hair; it became stronger, healthier, and had more sheen to it and grew in length as well. During that time I was very careful about trying to eat more healthy and stay more active. After a while though I begin to slack off with my health. I begin to eat more processed refined foods and neglected taking supplements, and I really noticed a difference; a negative one to be precise. Recently I have vowed to get back on track with my natural healthy lifestyle, and have begun to consider putting only quality foods in my body. I know the value of what good nutrition can do for your health and physical appearance. You must not just cover up your flaws with expensive cosmetics, rather feed your beauty with a properly nourished diet.

A diet that is balanced by lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and omega-3s will contribute to a healthy body and appearance. Here are some foods that may nourish your beauty: 1. Salmon--salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and is an excellent source of protein. These 2 ingredients provide vital building blocks for healthy hair and skin, and are according to Dr. Perricone in his book, The Wrinkle Cure: Unlock the Power of Cosmeceuticals for Supple, Youthful Skin
essential in combating wrinkles. Don't like fish? Then try taking a fish oil liquid supplement. In fact if you don't get a lot of fresh salmon or mackerel in your diet then a fish oil supplement may be the way to go. I find that I can not swallow the fish oil by itself, so I add it to a little tea and drink it.
2. Dark green leafy vegetables--try spinach for example. It contains helper nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamin A and C. Another excellent source of these beauty nutrients is broccoli; just think broccoli with cheese mmmm.
3.Legumes--Lentils are an excellent source of protein, iron, zinc and biotin. Biotin is another essential ingredient in hair and skin beauty.
4.Carrots-- excellent source of vitamin A.

In addition to these 4 make sure to include nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans and brazilian nuts. Also add some other sources of protein like chicken and lean beef, eggs, whole grains and milk. If you keep your diet balance with these food sources, you will more than likely radiate beauty---well physical inner beauty is a whole other topic!

*disclaimer (the FDA will kill me if I do not put this lol kidding) I am not not a licensed M.D. therefore the information provided here is solely for information and entertainment purposes only. Discuss with your doctor any herbs, or vitamins before you add them to your diet. The information provided here is not in any means meant to be a cure for any type of disease.

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