Our skin, hair and nails often indicate how healthy we are on the inside, and how healthy our diet is. Foods that inflame our cells cause collagen to break down, and also tear apart keratin and elastin that provide supple skin, strong, silky hair, and fast-growing nails.
Toxic overload, stress, and poor diet all contribute to lacklustre skin, dry hair, and brittle nails that never seem to grow. A diet that incorporates nuts and seeds can help remedy these ailments.
Here are five nuts and seeds to incorporate in your diet for a super healthy glow:
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that supports collagen production and provides anti-inflammatory benefits for the body. They contain a large amount of plant-based protein and are rich in amino acids that are needed to support collagen growth and strengthen the body. Almonds are also a great source of calcium, which provides nutritional support for our bones, hair, skin, teeth, and nails.
They’re also alkaline-forming when consumed raw; alkaline foods support detoxification and healthy pH levels, which prevent inflammation, acidity, and poor health. Lastly, almonds are rich in the B vitamin biotin, which is needed to strengthen the nails and hair - it is the main component found in most nail, hair and skin vitamins.
Pumpkin seeds also known as pepitas, are some of the most potent, alkaline, nutritious seeds you can eat. They’re rich in protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, biotin, and omega 3 fatty acids. They’re also alkaline-forming like almonds so they build the body up instead of breaking it down. Eat 1/4 cup a day – or add to your meals - and you’ll see stronger nails, hair, and clearer skin in no time.
You don't need to eat cupfuls of walnuts to enjoy their many benefits: smoother skin, healthy hair, brighter eyes, and strong bones. Get your daily dose of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E by eating a handful by themselves or throwing some in your salad, pasta, or on a dessert or eating a few walnuts in a Go Natural Walnut Date Bar!
Brazil nuts are among the best sources of selenium, a trace mineral the helps boost hair and scalp health. Selenium is also an antioxidant that stimulates the immune system to protect against skin cancer. It’s crucial to many bodily functions, from mood to inflammation. It protects against free radical damage and promotes antioxidant responses in the body. Studies have found just one brazil nut per day can fight inflammation across the entire body. That’s one pretty powerful nut.
Flaxseed (also knowne as provides a mega boost of omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for optimum brain function, a healthy heart, and radiant skin. Studies show both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed help soothe skin conditions like acne or eczema. The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s can aid in lowering cholesterol and help maintain a healthy rate of skin cell renewal. Flaxseed also contain fibre, which can reduce bloating and promote digestion.
It’s not hard to up your nutrient intake with some mega punchy vitamins and minerals – try these beauty-boosting foods and thank us later!