It’s not complicated: whatever you put into your body will be directly reflected in your appearance. You skin, hair and body function as windows into your diet revealing nutritional deficiencies, excesses, allergies and dehydration.
So why not pack your diet with beauty fuel? Here at T’zikal, we promote a holistic approach to beauty and wellness, one that harnesses the power of natural ingredients, including the food you eat. To that end, we’re introducing a new Discover category next month called ‘Beauty Fuels’.
To give you a taste (so to speak), here we’ve rounded up five superfoods that will give you thick, luscious locks and a happy belly.
Almost all varieties of greens contain high-quality amino acids, minerals and vitamins A, C, E and K, which boost the strength and radiance of your hair. Spinach is especially healthy as it is full of iron and sebum, which acts as a natural conditioner and can help prevent hair loss.
Limp, thin hair can benefit from a boost of B vitamins. Pumpkin seeds happen to be packed with biotin (B7), which increases the strength of locks while encouraging natural growth. Try adding a ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds to your morning oatmeal or sprinkle them over a salad for a delicious crunch.
Water at any temperature is vital for overall health. It flushes out toxins and supports liver function (the most important detoxifying organ). Hot water relaxes the stomach and speeds the hydrating/ cleansing benefits. To maximize the effects, add lemon and ginger for an energizing zing.
The importance of protein to hair health cannot be overstated. Almond butter is a great source of protein that also contains vitamin E, which thickens strands and promotes hair growth. Great on toast with sliced bananas, in smoothies, slathered on apple slices – consumption will not be a chore.
As if you needed a reason to slurp down these succulent crustaceans… Oysters are a fabulous source of zinc, a mineral that is essential to hair growth and retention. Served on the half shell, over ice with a frosty glass of crisp white wine… Sorry! Got distracted there.