SAN DIEGO: Healthy hair and skin often signal overall good health. Given that Americans spend several billions of dollars every year on the latest dermatological procedures and over-the-counter products, there is no denying that having great hair and skin is highly sought after.
Achieving success through increased health, while also improving appearance, is not as difficult as it might seem.
THWARTING THE SIGNS OF AGING AND ACHIEVING OPTIMAL HEALTH IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE
Nature’s nutrients provide abundant food sources for attaining the healthy hair and most supple skin. According to Ciara Foy, a Toronto-based holistic nutritionist:
“That’s important to understand with respect to eating whole foods they contain tons of nutrients, phytochemicals, and enzymes that work synergistically to keep us healthy.”
The article Five Everyday Superfoods for Your Nails, Hair and Skin, provides recommendations for everyday foods which are considered to be anti-aging:
-Raw organic almonds
-Greens, i.e., spinach, broccoli, kale, watercress, collards
-Orange root vegetables, i.e., sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and winter squash
-Raw organic pumpkin seeds
Some other commonly known super nutrient foods include walnuts, tomatoes, and pineapple.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY HAIR AND SKIN
Vitamin supplementation is a viable option for benefiting from specific anti-aging nutrients.
The following vitamins and/or herbal supplements are well-known for their health benefits and positive effect on hair and skin:
-Omega 3 fatty acids
It is recommended to seek advice from a qualified health care professional before starting any supplementation program. Ask your physician or pharmacist about any contra-indications due to medical conditions or the use of any prescribed medications.
PROTECTING YOUR HAIR AND SKIN IN THE SUMMER
It is never too late to consider the impact of summertime sunshine on skin and hair, and preserve the benefits of anti-aging nutrients. Remember to wear sunscreen, use sun protection products on hair, opt for wearing a broad-brimmed hat or cap. Furthermore consider enjoying the great outdoors during early morning hours or after 3:00 p.m. when the sun is at its lowest.
Staying hydrated is a summertime must. Healthy summertime habits learned now may continue throughout all the seasons of the year. Watch the WebMD video The Science of Healthy Skin for further tips to protect your skin.
Offsetting the effects of aging, while attaining optimal health is entirely possible. Healthy hair and glowing skin will take visible years off any appearance. No surgery required.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
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