My Top 5 Foods for Healthy Skin & Hair

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on December 8, 2014

Making your hair and skin healthier can start as soon as your next meal. While there are lots of products we can buy to make our skin and hair look better from the outside; the best way to get smooth skin and shiny hair is to improve the foods you’re putting into your body!

Just like every part of your body, the processes that support strong vibrant hair and skin are dependent on the foods you eat. Other factors like stress, lack of sleep, smoking, etc. can affect how your hair and skin look – but assuming you are sleeping well, don’t smoke and are managing your stress – the foods you eat can make a big difference.

1. Walnuts: These crunchy delights have a ton of omega 3 fatty acids, Biotin, and Vitamin E – three ingredients that are crucial for your hair and skin. Biotin and Vitamin E helps protect your cells from damage; and too little biotin can lead to hair loss. Eat a handful of walnuts a day and you will be good to go.Foods for Healthy Skin 04

2. Spinach: Rich in iron, beta carotene, folate, and Vitamin C; as well as free-radical-fighting antioxidants make spinach a powerhouse food. Spinach protects your skin and hair from the sun’s UV rays (yes you still need to wear sunscreen). Trade your lettuce for spinach in any dish, or saute it with garlic for a quick and healthy side.

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3. Lentils: These legumes are full of protein, iron, zinc and biotin – key ingredients for healthy hair and skin. They are a great staple for vegetarians, since they provide both protein and iron (two ingredients vegetarians may not get enough of). Saute them with spices, or throw them into a soup for a hearty meal. This lentil dish works great as a delicious side or a main course for a light dinner!


4. Low fat Greek yogurt: Low fat Greek yogurt is high in protein, vitamin B5, and vitamin D. Pair it with some granola and fruit for a healthy breakfast in the morning.

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5. Blueberries: The antioxidant power of blueberries protect you from premature aging: they help reduce inflammation, minimize acne and wrinkles, and increase circulation. They are also full of Vitamin C, which can prevent hair breakage. Add them to a smoothie, to oatmeal, or on your cereal every day.


This was originally posted on PlanetZuri on 11/28/14.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mrs. Poonam Nautiyal June 13, 2015 at 3:57 am

This is a great post – these are all natural ways of taking care of hair which seem super basic and easy to adopt! I’m looking forward to trying these tips – thanks so much!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 15, 2015 at 6:27 am

Thanks Poonam, glad you found this post helpful!


S Corvin September 23, 2015 at 11:02 pm

These food products are not hard to find, but where can I find low fat Greek yogurt? Very informative, Thanks for sharing.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 24, 2015 at 5:08 am

You can find low fat Greek yogurt at pretty much any grocery store these days 🙂 Just go to the dairy aisle. Hope that helps!


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