Turns out, Mum was right (again). You really are what you eat… so, if you're looking for healthy hair and glowing skin, consider that your body has no idea what a calorie is, so it’s important to understand whole and raw foods to plan a holistic approach to beauty and good health.
From green smoothies to sauerkraut, discover how changing your diet can change your looks.
Minerals are one of the keys to beauty and an incredible 95 per cent of our body's activities involve minerals.
The most important beauty minerals are:
Green plants are our number one food for providing all the minerals we need for superior beauty and nutrition, while simultaneously giving us the vitamins and amino acids we need to build protein.
The best form to eat greens for their mineral content is raw. This is because some cooking methods, such as boiling, diminishes their mineral levels as well as their vitamin content. This is not to suggest that we must eat 100% raw foods… but it does mean we need to increase the percentage of raw greens and vegetables that we consume overall. For an added beauty boost, eat organic greens, because minerals enter the plant from the soil and organic soil has a higher mineral content than traditional farming soil.
Tip 1: Have a green drink
The most powerful way to top up our mineral consumption is to consume a plant-based drink, by either blending or juicing vegetables and fruit together.
Staple ingredients are spinach leaves, cucumber, celery and apple, but try to stick to what is local and in season.
Tip 2: Consume raw plant foods
Have a salad or a few celery sticks before your meals. Starting each meal with these raw greens and other vegies will ensure that we are increasing our enzyme intake. Enzymes help us to digest the rest of our food and raw foods also make us feel fuller faster since they contain so much fibre.
Tip 3: Try eating these foods
Sauerkraut - This dish consists of raw, cultured cabbage that has been chopped and left in an airtight glass container at room temperature for several days, creating a food that is rich in probiotics as well as enzymes and minerals. Healthy Life has Fermenting Crock Pots available at most stores so you can discover how easy it is to start your own fermenting journey.
Fatty Fish - Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids have incredible beauty benefits, including glowing skin and shiny strands. About three percent of the hair shaft is made up of omega-3 fatty acids. While salmon is usually the superstar, mackerel, sardines and anchovies are also good perhaps even better.
Red Bell Peppers - Did you know that red peppers contain far more skin-boosting vitamin C than oranges? Vitamin C has an important role in the synthesis of collagen production and is also an antioxidant. The antioxidants attach themselves to free radicals and neutralize them so that they can’t do damage.
Spinach - Not only does spinach give you strength, but it’s also a major anti-ager rich in beta carotene, which converts into the powerful anti-ageing vitamin A. For premium absorption, pair spinach with a food that’s high in vitamin C.
Coconut - The water from coconuts is a great natural hydration aid containing potassium, an electrolyte that helps move nutrients into our cells. Coconut oil, which is high in healthy fats, vitamins E and minerals, is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair. Healthy Life stores have a great selection of coconut products including water, oils and even coconut based beauty products.
Avocado Oil - Avocados contain good amounts of vitamins A, D and E and omega-9 fatty acids - one of the building blocks of healthy skin which is highly concentrated in the oil.
Eggs - Whether you enjoy them sunny side up for breakfast or boiled and sliced cold over a green salad, eggs are serious healthy-hair helpers. One of their key ingredients is sulfur, an essential nutrient that helps with everything from vitamin B absorption to liver function (your body’s detox organ). Sulfur is also necessary for the production of collagen and keratin, which help create and maintain shiny locks, strong nails and glowing skin.
Walnuts - These nuts have omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which helps the body to retain moisture, giving your mane a healthy-looking shine.
Pumpkin Seeds or Pepitas - These little wonders are packed with zinc, as well as vitamins A and K and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are essential to building a healthy hair shaft. They’re also rich in fatty acids and vitamin C, which are important for producing sebum ‘ your skin’s natural oil ‘ to protect and repair skin.
Healthy Life has a great selection of nuts, grains, oils, supplements and more available in store to give you a healthy glow.