When I say “Glow Foods” I mean the food items that bring out the beauty of the hair, nails and skin. We all want long thick and beautiful hair, strong nails, and glowing skin. Have you ever wondered why your friend has better hair or nails or skin than you? The answer might be they are genetically blessed? But in most cases it is the food that might be the real reason. Read on to know the five foods that can help you get better skin, hair, and nails.
The main ingredient we are looking at is, Vitamin E- a hard hitter in the arena of free radical killing. When I used to hear the words free radical I thought of the movie, “The Truth About Cats and Dogs” from the mid 90’s. The main character was short with bad skin who walked past a cosmetic counter with her neighbor who was a supermodel and the lady told her about “free radicals” as if she was looming in them and it needed to stop before she DIED!
As I went to school and studied I found out that that cosmetic counter girl in the movie was correct to an extent. Free radicals are actually found in the environment, processed foods, foods depleted of nutrition and stress. So the only way to look beautiful and young is to control the free radicals. And there is nothing better than Vitamin E, the most powerful free radical killing agent. Some of the signs of Vitamin E deficiency are:
- Dry skin
- Easy bruising
- Decreased clotting time
- PMS issues such as heavy periods
- Cystic fibrosis
- Sickle cell anemia
- Hot flashes
- Dry hair
- Weak, brittle nails
I am sure you looked at this list and said yes to at least one or two of these. This is not the complete list either. (BPH in men, Osgood-Schlatters, “growing pains”, fibrocystic disease, due to the age of this reference I am sure the updated version would add fibromyalgia)
With that said and no further delay in mentioning the top 5 glow foods. There are many more, but these are the popular and effective ones:
- Wheat Germ
High in folate as well as Vitamin E this food is overlooked unless one is pregnant. High in fiber, minerals like zinc and magnesium, it is very important to include it in your diet. It is quite delicious, satisfying and have a nutty flavor. It is known to preserve the texture of the skin and hair and even protects it from the harsh sun.
- Sunflower Seeds/Almonds
Get the roasted low sodium brand. Add to salads or just have as a snack. I am always a huge fan of milling or grinding them up to make sunflower butter. Somehow, when you release the oil it enhances the Vitamin E content so make sunflower seed butter to add to apples or add to wheat bread. (Or that bread you made with the wheat germ. You see how I did that?)Another “oval” or “egg” shaped food it is a wonder nut! No wonder it is a popular nut among women. Add it to salads or take a stab at the sardine fish cake recipe that I posted in an earlier entry. (http://www.womansaga.com/health-benefits-sardines-old-school-secret-good-health/ ) Why is this paired together? Nuts and seeds are in general great in Vitamin E and build up good protein without destroying the body. I have just gathered research on these two in particular to be the highest in Vitamin E content.
If you can add it to a mask for the face or use as a natural conditioner why not increase your intake of this amazing food. I actually pick up one or two avocados each time I go to the grocery store. Whip it up with yogurt for a spread to sandwiches or cut them in individual slices and add it to your morning eggs. Add to salads or salad dressings, grill it! ( Yes, grill them. Oh man is it good!) One of my favorite vegetarian “fast food” places have a wrap that is coated with toasted coconut and it is good. Is there anything this food CAN’T do?
- Oils such as Olive Oil and Sunflower Oil
Most vials of liquid Vitamin E oil is from Wheat Germ Oil which has an abundance of that Vitamin E. Add it to your hair, cuticle oil and on a natural after bath moisturizer to increase moisture. I use olive oil my salad dressings personally or add it to make sweet potato or plantain chips in the oven.
- Green Leafies
Kale, spinach, swiss chard, arugula, romaine. . . the list goes on and on, but I placed them in one food because let’s face it- you see all those words and you think, “Oh, a salad.” These lovely greens have one big thing that most of the other foods don’t- Vitamin C. Remember how I said that Vitamin E is one of the free radical killers, well Vitamin C is another. Vitamin C helps in rebuilding skin post UV damage (again, UV damage-free radical development in healthy cells) which places it on this list. If you don’t believe me, try to go a week with JUST green leaf vegetables and you will see a dramatic difference in your skin and hair. (I actually did this for 2 1/2 months and I had the BEST SKIN in town!)
Other foods include water (of course, no matter what scientist says we don’t need to drink water) eggs, dark berries, cold water fish such as salmon, oats, tempeh, beets and soy.
Here’s to your beauty! Eat up and enjoy!