There are so many things to consider when it comes to supporting healthy hair, skin and nails - but it doesn't have to be complicated. Firstly, taking a look at your clean water intake since hydration is key to youthful skin. Eliminating acidic and inflammatory foods will also go a long way in supporting healthy skin. Considering how many bowel movements you have in a day is important as well. The longer your waste stays in your colon the more likely those toxins are being reabsorbed back into your bloodstream and trying to escape through your skin. This causes many skin issues such as eczema, acne, rashes, etc. Stress and hormones also play a huge role in the health of our skin. It's important that you find relaxing and calming techniques (walking, meditation, yoga, etc.) to help lower your stress hormones to reduce breakouts. And lastly, taking a look at your beauty products and what you are putting on your body. Read your labels and try to buy natural and clean products with food based ingredients.
These are some of my go-to, easy and simple nutrition tips to improve and support healthy hair, skin, and nails:
1. Load up on healthy fats and omega 3
Some good sources include walnuts, almonds, avocado, olives, coconut, flax oil, and hemp hearts.
2. Consume protein with each meal
This is important because amino acids (proteins) are the building blocks of connective tissue and are required for both the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin to thrive.
3. Drinking horsetail tea (or take as capsule supplements)
Don't worry, it's an herb - not from a horses tail but named after its beautiful mane. You can steep 1 tsp in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Its rich in silica which is a key ingredient in collagen production.
4. Whole oats
Oats are high in silica like horsetail tea, but also rich in biotin which strengthens hair and nails to prevent breakage.