A Nutritional Guide to Keeping that Summer Glow All Year Round

Healthy pointers in preparation for winter.

Bethany Hinson
16th October 2017
Instagram: @fijiwater

As summer comes to an end and winter fast approaches, your hair and skin can suffer dryness from the chilly weather. Instead of investing in expensive (and quite frankly, ineffective) products to combat the bad hair days and avoid lathering yourself up like a slug, you can take some easy nutritional pointers, resulting in glossy hair and glowing skin.

Stay Hydrated: It’s an obvious one, but also super effective. Try to drink a minimum of 2 litres a day (which is about 3.5 pints). Studies show we still don’t drink enough water, so fill those bottles up and say bye bye to dry lips.

Protein: Get your fill of protein from foods such as eggs, yoghurt, chickpeas, quinoa, and fish. Protein rich foods contain essential amino-acids that your body can’t produce itself - they’re required for hair growth!

Omega 3: Foods like salmon, mackerel, and nuts contain the fatty acid omega-3. Consuming omega-3 is important in regulating oil production in your skin and maintaining healthy hair.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): You will often see this vitamin on the back of hair care products (it’s where haircare giant Pantene Pro-V got their name). Vitamin B5 is found in foods such as mushrooms, cauliflower, and sweet potato, and can result in stronger, faster growing hair.

Iron: Iron is important in preventing anaemia (which can lead to hair loss). With a little help from our good friend’s broccoli, kale, spinach, and lentils you will be well on your way to fast hair growth and luscious locks.

Vitamin C: To ensure your iron levels are sufficient, you need to make sure your vitamin C levels are up to scratch too. Vitamin C assists in the absorption of iron into your body, so get munching on kiwis, oranges, and chillies!

Vitamin A: Sweet potato, carrots, and butternut squash can lead the way to healthy and younger looking skin. Vitamin A found in these foods can help skin conditions such as eczema and acne, and also aids in conditioning your scalp.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant, it helps neutralise free-radicals and prevents them damaging your body. Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin and is found in foods such as nuts, seeds, and avocados.

Zinc and Selenium: Zinc and selenium can boost hair growth, maintain scalp moisture levels, and reduce dandruff. Grab some Weetabix, spaghetti, and shell fish to get your daily dose.

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