Go on a beautifying diet with these superfoods and supplements

Supermodel beauty isn’t all genetics, even they get a little help from their kitchen cupboards.

Elle Macpherson 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.

Here’s how to put your skin, hair and figure on a beautifying diet.

Skin

Nutrition for skin
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Nutrition can be as much of a skin booster as your favourite moisturiser.

Orange vegetables like carrots, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes, contain high levels of beta carotene and other carotenoids.

“Beta carotene converts to vitamin A in our bodies, which is one of the most important nutrients for skin integrity,” Barns explains. “Beta carotene also works as an antioxidant and can help prevent free radical damage to our cells that results in ageing.”

Sweet potato
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Cassandra Barns, from NutriCentre, says: “Many people don’t make a link between the foods they eat and their skin. 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, youthful skin.”

Neal's Yard Remedies Superfood Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
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Try Neal’s Yard Remedies Superfood Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: Raw and unrefined for cooking or conditioning skin and hair, £9.

Body

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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.”

Flaxseeds are full of fibre
Flaxseeds are full of fibre (AlishaV/Flickr)

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

“Both of these ingredients are in super-greens powder, The Super Elixir,” recommends Laubscher. “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.”

Green powder Super Exilar
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For a bit of help add The Super Elixir: Alkalising greens supplement with vitamins, minerals and trace elements, from £36, to your smoothies and juices.

Hair

A woman with long hair
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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 Yvonne Bishop-Weston, clinical nutritionist and health expert.

“Hair is 90% protein, and insufficient protein in the diet puts hair into a resting, then falling, phase, rather than a growing phase.”

A bowl of lentils
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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.”

Perfectil vitamins plus hair
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Supplement your hair diet with Vitabiotics Perfectil Plus Hair, daily supplements containing biotin, selenium and zinc for healthy hair growth, £17.95.

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