Thursday, 20 June 2013

foods that feed the skin, hair and nails, and nourish the body

Beauty on the outside begins – naturally – on the inside. To have glowing skin, strong nails and shining hair you must feed your body the right foods so it can thrive. What kinds of foods are these? They are whole, raw, nourishing ones. Cooked whole foods can do wonders for your body but often raw foods deliver more nutrients and hydration and obviously – less processing is required.

Fruits and greens are the most important foods to eat raw. Vegetables, beans and grains can be cooked gently (preferably without oil). If you want to achieve natural, radiant beauty, you need to eat wholesome, honest foods that will build that beauty for you. We literally are what we eat; if you eat processed junk food, it will show in your skin!

Excellent methods of getting the most nutrition out of your food are juicing and blending. Juicing extracts just the liquids so the nutrients from the foods enter your blood stream within minutes. Blending helps make digestion easier because your food is already ready to be absorbed!


























The first step to finding your unique, special beauty is creating a foundation of health by eating healthful foods. When you fuel your body properly and respectfully, it will thank you. By eating right and exercising regularly you can achieve your ideal weight and look amazing. When you look amazing – you feel even better. Real beauty is confidence, and confidence starts with health and happiness... so let’s get started!

When you want lustrous hair, strong nails and radiant skin, all you have to do is eat foods that nourish your body! You want foods that are hydrating, with large amounts of vitamins, healthy fats and minerals.



Vitamin C plays a role in building collagen which keeps your skin smooth and tight; so citrus fruits and other fruits and veggies are excellent for healthy skin. Examples are grapefruit, bell peppers, oranges, and lemons.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant and therefore it helps with anti-aging and cell repair. Foods with vitamin A are usually red, orange or green (think sweet potatoes, carrots, peppers, and leafy greens).

Moving on to those healthy fats! Nuts, seeds and avocados contain vitamin E as well as Omega 3’s; they are excellent at keeping the skin youthful and soft by protecting it from sun damage and keeping it moisturized. Almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, quinoa and hemp seeds are excellent choices.






Some minerals that are necessary for healthy skin, hair and nails are selenium, zinc. Selenium maintains your skins elasticity can be found in mushrooms and whole grains. Zinc protects cell membranes and plays a role in collagen production; great sources of zinc are nuts (peanuts, cashews, pine nuts, etc.), beans (chickpeas, black beans, etc.) and whole grains like brown rice.

Hope you enjoyed reading! This post was sponsored by Fresh.

28 comments:

  1. Love this post! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  2. Awesome, Em. Thank you for the info :)

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  3. Too true-you've got to be healthy to be radiant, and you'll only be healthy by eating good food!
    I was absolutely horrified to hear my uncle talking earlier today about how bad avocados were for you!! What?! I tried to convince him about all the benefits of good fat...far superior to the fat in all that cheese he eats anyway!

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  4. Sorry but cous cous is not a grain it is a pasta...

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    1. Kereone, you're right! Cous cous is not a grain - it's a pasta. In fact, cous cous is the smallest pasta.

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  5. And quinoa is not a grain, it is classed as a seed :-)

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  6. Wonderful post Emily! Don't forget about brazil nuts for selenium :) A couple a day and you've got your daily intake!

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  8. hi emily, awesome blog, absolutely love it definatly my favourite for inspiration as i am new to a raw food lifestyle. i have been vegan for the last year, after many years of vegetariansim. i am wondering what your views on MACCA are? i recently purchased some, and put it in a veggie smoothie and it was awesome. however on more research there seems alot of conflict around it and the effects ? have you had any experience with these? how often do you use macca? i LOVE the flavour of it and dont want to give it up just as ive found it but.. feel alittle nervous about some of the reviews (blame google) :-) so your opinion would be awesome :-) thanks , charley. UK

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    1. There are different opinions about it but I do what works for me. I like it! It makes me feel good and I don't use much of it very often :)

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