You are what you eat.
As such, how your body looks and feels is directly related to well you nourish it. You likely use a variety of skin care and beauty products to help keep your skin moist and smooth. Yet, most of the ingredients in those products are actually derived from natural foods.
Vitamins such as A, C and E have detoxifying properties and are found in most lotions. There are also some skin care products that contain natural acids that are originally found in citrus fruits.
Today I’m going to show you the best foods that you can buy right now that will give you the same benefits as the top beauty and skin care cosmetics (but at a far lower price). Including these foods to your diet regularly will give you some great improvements in the density of your nails, make your skin smoother and make your hair stronger (just make sure you eat these foods – don’t rub them over you. I thought I should point that out just in case. There’s always one who take the information the wrong way…)
Tip #1: Drink More Water
Let’s start with an easy one. Dehydration is common in many people, and leads to dry skin.
Water is also essential for flushing out toxins from your body. If left unfiltered, these toxins will eventually manifest in your skin, hair and nails.
Start including a glass of water with each meal, and drink at least another half-litre throughout the day. In doing so you’ll also feel more alert, have a better mood and will have more energy.
Tip #2: Eat More Fat!
This may sound like blasphemy, but the truth is that most people don’t eat enough healthy fats. Healthy fats are used by the body to grow hair and nails, reducing brittleness, and also to give your skin a healthy glow.
Healthy fat also lowers inflammation in your body. When inflammation under your skin and in your blood vessels is reduced you’ll get more healthy nutrients delivered to your hair, skin and nails. This can help in dealing with split-ends, as well as reducing wrinkled skin and lines.
To make sure you’re getting enough healthy fat I recommend having at least 2 eggs per day, use extra virgin olive oil generously on your salads, and supplement with an omega-3 fish oil capsule. You can also use nuts and seeds as snacks to get an extra boost of healthy fats.
Tip #3: Reduce Toxins
If you are like most women, you are likely to be drowning in toxins. We are bombarded with toxins from processed foods, lack of exercise and from our environments.
As mentioned, toxins can block several processes in the body and stop healthy nutrients being delivered to your hair and nails. Your skin is the organ that eventually has to remove these toxins from your body, and as such this is why you may have dry patches, course or oily skin and blackheads. The toxins are coming up through the skin (your body is pushing them out) and this leads to some nasty side effects.
Help your body out by reducing the toxins you consume and by drinking more water to help flush existing toxins out (see Tip #1).
To eliminate toxins, reduce any processed foods including ‘white’ carbs such as white bread and pasta, and of course junk food. Eat more organic foods and grass-fed lean meat and poultry.
Full-body massage and other treatments offered by beauty therapists (such as lymphatic drainage) can also aid in flushing out toxins.
In addition to these tips, don’t forget to be exercising at least 3 times a week using resistance and body-toning workouts. Exercise will get blood flowing to the skin, hair and nails to keep them healthy, and to keep you looking young and radiant.
Justin Devonshire is a women's fat-loss & body-toning expert. He is the owner of Bodyshape Fitness – Personal Training & Bootcamp, which is run in both the UK and Cyprus. For more free quick tips on weight loss, toning & motivation for women, visit the Bodyshape Fitness Blog. Go here right now for a FREE copy of Justin's "Little Black Dress Transformation Guide".