We are obsessed; myself the guiltiest of all. We search for the “next big thing” that will change our beauty perspective forever. This blog post is dedicated to achieving beauty from the inside out. These insider tips may surprise the most discerning beauty guru, but the old adage, “you are what you eat”, couldn’t be more right on.
Pro tip 1: PROTEIN FOR STRONGER HAIR
I like the idea that we can find many of our beauty solutions as close as our kitchen. Protein deficiency is linked to hair loss. Increasing your protein intake will help you hold onto the hair you have by increasing its strength with this powerful amino-acid. Consuming more meats, fish, eggs are the obvious choices, however; nuts, seeds, quinoa and legumes are fantastic alternatives for vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Incorporate a protein powder added to your favorite smoothie is easier than firing up the grill.
Pro tip 2: HEALTHY DIGESTION = BEAUTIFUL SKIN
We have all heard that the more water we drink, the better our skin will be. Not only is that true, but water aids in digestion to flush out toxins. Problematic or reactive skin types are the result of toxins that could not be eliminated with proper digestion. There are quite a few things we can do to improve digestion. Probiotics, digestive enzymes, and fish oil capsules are all great options to get skin that you won’t need to cover with foundation. My favorite supplement that I stumbled onto a few years back is MSM; a sulfur derivative. Sulphur is commonly used in cosmetics and skin care for it’s ability to clarify and detoxify the skin. Taken internally, MSM improves your body’s environment to create antioxidants naturally. Your local health food store will carry a variety of options, from powder to capsules. High quality MSM that has gone through a distillation process is a superior product, versus, MSM that purifies with crystallization methods. Always take the dose recommended on the label.
Pro tip 3: JUICE FOR BEAUTIFUL HAIR AND SKIN
The thought of drinking vegetable juice daily is to some of us, a foreign concept and definitely not what we crave. It’s funny that if we were to take a blood test that showed us our vitamin levels, most of us would be vitamin deficient. Sure, we can take vitamins every morning, but the truth is that most vitamin supplements are not absorbed into the body because our digestion is not in check, among other reasons. Juicing is the easiest way to supply the body with a power punch of vitamins that it craves. Think about how much salad you would have to eat to equal the same amount of vitamins in a single juice. If you don’t have the luxury of a juice bar near you, a way to ease into juicing is to purchase a juicer from a home store with small appliances. I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond. And experiment with different fruits and vegetables till you find a concoction that you love. Store bought varieties are not an option if your goal is to boost your vitamin levels for healthy hair and skin. The advantage to juicing as opposed to buying store bought juice, is the nutrient and vitamin content. Any juice looses over half of it’s nutritional value within an hour.
I am speaking to what I have found that has worked for me and many others. We of course recommend contacting your doctor for advice before taking any supplements or making changes to your diet. Please contact me with any questions or suggestions, I am always open to learning something new.