4 Foods You Should Eat For Healthier Hair and Skin

Everyone knows that inner beauty is King. Topical applications of skincare can only do so much. Willow Jarosh and Stephanie Clarke are two registered dietitians behind the NYC and Washington DC based nutrition consulting company “C&J Nutrition“. Their health tips have been widely shared amongst various media, including what we should eat in order to get glowy skin and shiny hair.

Orange Foods

“Oranges contain vitamin C, a necessary nutrient for your body to make collagen, the component in your skin that gives it elasticity and firmness, and keeps the fibers that create each hair together,” Jarosh and Clarke wrote in a post at Whitney Port. “Plus, beta carotene, found in carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, mango, and other orange fruits and veggies is needed for cells to grow, and since our hair cells are constantly in a state of growth, it’s a VIP. ” They also recently told SELF that we should aim for half a plate of fresh vegetables and a quarter plate of starchy vegetables. This takes us to the widely discussed diet tip promoted by Dr. Murad that we should eat our water as well as drinking it. Fruit and veges are mainly water with various nutrients and fibre to release hydration slowly.

Iron-Packed Protein

“We naturally shed hair each month, but not eating enough protein can slow the rate that the hairs grow back, causing hair to thin. Iron is a super VIP for helping your red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles and skin cells. Get iron-packed protein by eating an assortment of beans, tofu, edamame, lean beef, chicken, black-eyed peas, lentils, and eggs,” Glamour reports on C&J Nutrition’s notes. Jarosh also notes to SELF that 15-20% of our calories should be made up of lean protein such as chicken breast or tempeh.

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