The glow diet: what you need to eat for glowy skin, shiny hair and marvelous nails

What you eat regularly is closely related to the way you look. Here is a complete guide to shine on!

If your nail polish keeps on chipping, you keep on applying hair masks and moisturizers onto your skin and you are still struggling to get the desired results. Maybe a bad diet is what you need to blame.

Think of your food as building blocks for your body, they help ward off free-radical damage, bacteria and virus and also regenerate cells. Let’s have a look at what you can incorporate as part of a healthy diet.

1. How to banish acne and breakouts

1. How to banish acne and breakouts

Balancing your blood sugar levels is one of the key factors to get clear skin. The peaks of insulin can lead to inflammation, testosterone imbalance and eventually acne. Make sure you include a source of protein in every meal or snack to slow down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream. Protein is also vital to the skin and its healing. Including legumes and pulses are great sources of protein. It is also a good idea to include foods containing essential fats, such as nuts, to keep flexible –yet strong– cell membranes.

Keep a healthy gut and liver system to detoxify and stop microbial toxins from escaping and causing inflammation. Fermented foods, fruits and vegetables will fuel the good bacteria in your gut.

2. How to stop hair loss and thinning hair

2. How to stop hair loss and thinning hair

Not only can hair loss be a result of bad genes or stress, hair loss can also be due to nutritional deficiencies, especially if you notice breaking nails or flaky scalp. To prevent it, you have to stock up on macronutrients such as eggs, nuts and seeds. Good fats will help retain moisture in the hair and scalp. Make sure to include omegas 3, 6 and 9 –you can find them in chia seeds and flaxseeds, nuts, avocados and olives. You can also include foods rich in iron, zinc and vitamin C to aid in the absorption of these minerals. You can eat nuts and seeds, alongside peppers and kiwi fruits.

2. How to prevent brittle nails

2. How to prevent brittle nails

If your nails are dry and keep on splitting, it is a good idea to stock up on zinc. It is an antioxidant that prevents cell damage and it is required for the growth and division of cells –think of eggs, cheese, almonds, milk and pulses.

Vitamin B12 deficiency can also lead to excessive dryness and make your nails curve upwards –it can even change their color. To include vitamin B12, try to include eggs, milk or fortified cereals or nutritional yeast. If you follow a vegan diet, make sure to consult a doctor to include a supplement.

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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