“You are what you eat!” Eat food that are bad for you and your body will show it. Proper nutrition is essential to healthy living and overall well-being. Your skin, nails, hair, everything is a direct result of how well you take care of yourself. If you want good skin then take care of it and part of taking care of it is eating the right food.
At Kosmoderma, we offer nutritionist’s consultation who can play an important role in your health by evaluating your diet and offering you personalized advice. Based on your health goals or medical needs, the nutritionist can make recommendations and put together meal plans that provide the appropriate amount of nutrients, based on your medical conditions.
Food that can help you detoxify & also improve your skin & hair concerns
- Walnut is one “beauty fat” that can help to make your skin more supple and beautiful, while also lubricating your joints and strengthening your cell membranes against oxidative damage. Walnuts themselves are filled with healthy omega-3s which can help to strengthen your skin and make it more resilient. Beauty fats, like walnut meat, can also tackle issues like age spots, sagging skin and thinning hair that can significantly add years to your appearance.
- Sunflower seeds has another beauty fat that helps to eliminate the free radicals that cause cellular damage, which can lead to age spots. Sunflower seeds are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which can help to eliminate pre-existing age spots and also prevent them from forming.
- Sesame seeds, which are high in protein are loaded with zinc and calcium. It nourishes the hair follicle and prevent hair from thinning out. These proteins help keep your hair hydrated so it won’t dry up and cause hair loss.
- Beets can help brighten dull eyes and flush your lymphatic system. Beets are high in iron and contain the antioxidant betacyanin, which supports liver and lymphatic health.
- Beets are a beauty food because they are a natural colon cleanser that can remove toxins and congestion from the body, including in the capillaries traveling to the eye. They can also increase oxygen-carrying ability in the blood by 400 percent!
- Cabbage can help get rid of crow’s feet, which are a sign that you may have high cortisol levels. High cortisol can cause the skin to break down faster and wrinkles to appear.
- Citrus fruit : Another beauty food you can fight cellulite with is with citrus fruit. Citrus fruit provides a boost of vitamin C, which can help to repair skin collagen and prevent cellulite from being so visible.
Does oily food make acne worse or is it just a myth?
“There is no relationship between diet and oily skin” says Dr.Chytra, Medical Director at Kosmoderma clinics. If it does, there’s nothing about it that’s known to the medical community. If you have dry skin, there’s nothing you can eat that will make your skin oily, so there’s no reason to think it would work the opposite way for oily skin. The condition is genetically determined, and you either have it or you don’t.
Although this topic still remains controversial, it would be in any person’s best interest to decrease the levels of saturated fat in the body; this decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke!!
What diet should be followed to get good and strong hair?
Just like your skin and body, your hair also needs a balanced diet to stay healthy. By including sources for essential fatty acids in your diet, you can give your hair back its strength and lustre. Foods such as tuna, sardines and such oily fish, and nuts, olives and avocados are rich in essential fatty acids. Sprinkling flaxseed and pumpkin seeds over your salad is also another great way to get these Essential fatty acids in your diet.
To keep your hair well hydrated, be sure to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day. Also try to include foods which contain silica such as rice, oats, lettuce, parsnips, asparagus, onion, strawberry, cabbage, cucumber, celery, cauliflower and green leafy vegetables. Silica is vital to the strength of hair, and can stop hair breakage. A lack of vitamin B in the diet can lead to oily greasy hair. To fight greasy hair, be sure to eat lots of whole grains, nuts, seeds, dairy products, eggs, wheat germ, legumes and green leafy vegetables. Although the link between premature graying and diet hasn’t been established, evidence does suggest that the amino acids tyrosine – which acts as a precursor to color producing pigments in the hair and skin – can help!
Thinning hair or hair loss may be a sign of iron deficiency. Be sure to eat plenty of iron rich foods, such as red meat, eggs, legumes, whole grain cereals, dried fruits and green leafy vegetables. Since hair is composed mostly of protein, your hair will most likely respond well to the addition of high protein foods such as meats, eggs, cheese, seeds and nuts. These foods can help reinforce the hair follicles and prevents the hair from falling out.
How does food affect nails?
Having weak fingernails and toenails are symptoms of brittle nails. Having brittle nails causes the nail to chip, crack, split and break off easily, which may, at times, cause injury to the nail bed and may also result in damage* to the nails or stunted nail growth. Thinning of the nails happens with anemia, thyroid disorders, protein deficiency in crash-dieters and at times mere negligence.
People of any age can have brittle nail. Following the simple steps can cure and prevent you from having brittle nails.
Practice good nutrition
Studies have shown that adequate vitamin C, pyridoxine, and iron levels help to prevent the appearance of dry, brittle nails.
Use Biotin as a supplement
Studies show that using biotin helps in curing brittle nails. The recommended dosage is 2.5 milligrams per day. You need to wait for three months to see improvement.
Drink fresh horsetail tea once or twice a day. Horsetail herb is naturally high in silicon, an element required for strong, healthy nail growth.