Superfoods to feed your skin, hair and nails

JUST when you thought supermodel beauty was all genetics, they go and admit they get a little help — from their kitchen cupboards.

Elle Macpherson, aka The Body, swears by a super-greens powder, Miranda Kerr is obsessed with coconut oil and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley supplements her green juices with Japanese wholefood Chlorella.

“Everything from the food you eat to what you put on your face is important,” says Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel. “Good skin comes from within and I make sure I eat nutrient-rich foods like fish, fruit, lots of veggies, nuts and foods that contain omegas and are rich in oils.”

The ‘you are what you eat’ mantra has never been so hip in planet beauty so raid the fridge and incorporate these superfoods into your diet.

GLOWING SKIN

“Many people don’t make a link between the foods they eat and their skin,” says Cassandra Barns, a nutritionist at NutriCentre.com. “Like any other part of the body, our skin is kept healthy by the food and nutrients we consume. While a poor diet can quickly lead to sallow or dry skin, blemishes or acne, a healthy diet based on wholefoods that includes a variety of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, beans, eggs, fish and wholegrains, is an excellent basis for glowing.”

Beauty shopping list:

Orange vegetables like carrots, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes, which contain high levels of beta carotene and other carotenoids.“Beta carotene converts to vitamin A in our bodies, one of the most important nutrients for skin integrity,” Barns explains. “It’s also an antioxidant and helps prevent free radical damage to our cells that results in ageing.”

BODY BEAUTIFUL

In summer, we tend to move more and eat more healthily. A shift in the seasons can be reflected through your body as well as your wardrobe.

Flush away the toxins that cause cellulite and bloating via fibre in your diet: “As with all systems of the body, in autumn/winter, your digestive system can become sluggish due to the change in pace of your body clock, and decreased opportunities for movement,” says nutritional doctor Dr Simone Laubscher. “It’s essential for your body to stay regular to detox effectively each day, and taking in enough fibre and water is the key.”

Beauty shopping list:

Psyllium husks or milled flaxseeds help you feel fuller for longer, and cleanse your intestines and colon, taking toxins with it.

“Brown rice, quinoa, pearl barley and millet are also especially helpful for the autumn transition. Eat them daily, but reserve for lunch, rather than dinner.”

LUSTROUS HAIR

Preserve your crowning glory with a healthy hair plan. Stress, hormonal imbalances and insufficient nutrients are all key causes of poor hair health and hair loss.

“A good diet, along with a top-up supplement of key amino acids, vitamins, minerals and plant extracts, can help give you the luxurious locks that signal wellbeing from within,” advises , clinical nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston.

Beauty shopping list:

Lean proteins which are lower in saturated fats, such as lean meat, fish, nuts and seeds. Beans and lentils also make good protein choices, as they’re free from unhealthy fats and contribute iron, zinc and biotin for hair growth.

“Soya may also be helpful in reducing DHT, a hormone that can trigger hair loss in women, as well as men,” Bishop-Weston suggests. “Tofu, edamame and miso soup are easy ways to include soya in the diet, ideally with seaweed to top up iodine levels and support thyroid activity.”


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