Foods For Better Skin, Hair And More

by Stephanie Montes
2014 Adam Katz Sinding

You are what you eat. With that in mind, we’ve broken down the foods that give you the shiniest hair, the most glowing skin and the best anti-aging benefits. Get the 411 on what you should eat to make you beautiful from the inside out from nutritionist and wellness coach Jessica Sepel. Suddenly feeling hungry? Us too. Read on.

Jessica Sepel

“The key to looking and feeling better is to cut out crap­ like sugar, alcohol and processed foods and boost your intake of enzyme, mineral, antioxidant and nutrient-rich foods. You’ll be surprised how easy it is.”

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Avocado For Under-Eye Bags

“Feed your skin good, healthy fats. Omega-3s are fabulous anti-inflammatories. My favorites include fish, eggs, flaxseeds, walnuts and almonds.”

Besides being anti-inflammatory, avocado is rich in healthy fatty acids, which help keep the skin soft and supple. Bags were meant to be worn on our shoulders, not under our eyes.

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Chia Seeds For Strong Nails

“Chia seeds are also high in omega-3s and in protein. Try adding 1 tablespoon of chia seeds into your daily smoothie or oatmeal.”

High in calcium, zinc and proteins, these tiny seeds strengthen nails as well as hair and skin. We love a triple threat!

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Blueberries For Wrinkles

“Eat foods high in antioxidants to reduce skin damage and inflammation, which is the primary cause of wrinkles.”

High in potassium and vitamins C and E, blueberries boost skin’s elasticity and protect against wrinkle-causing UV rays. (Side note: We may have you covered from the inside, but you still need to apply sunscreen every day.)

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Broccoli For Dark Circles

“Brassica veggies help cleanse the liver, which can lead to clearer skin. Mom was right–eat your broccoli!”

Broccoli is packed with collagen-boosting vitamin C, potassium, calcium and vitamin K, which strengthens capillaries. In other words, good-bye dark circles.

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Raspberries For Strong Hair

“Learn to eat the entire rainbow! Enjoy colorful foods like berries, beans, legumes, eggs, lean animal protein, fish, nuts, seeds and whole grains.”

High in vitamin B and biotin, raspberries strengthen the liver and clean your blood, which contributes to long, healthy locks. Who said supplements were your only option?

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