In trying to look beautiful, we try all kinds of creams, potions, supplements etc in order to have great skin and hair. But did you know that good skin and hair are mostly an inside job?
You have probably heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’. It is true that if you want glowing skin and healthy hair you need to eat foods that build you up from the inside. Research shows that it’s possible to influence your looks (skin, hair growth, hormone balance and more).
Here are some foods you need to eat to get your glow on.
1. Eating fish like Mbuta (Nile Perch)
Nowadays we love fish and eat it a lot. Fish with high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids (sardines- omena, salmon, etc) have beauty benefits like glowing skin and shiny strands.
2. Pili Pili Hoho
Red peppers contain more skin-boosting vitamin C than oranges. It is an anti-oxidant and slows down aging, making your skin look younger looking. You can eat it in salads for maximum benefits.
Spinach is a great anti-ager. It has vitamin A, which helps to prevent wrinkles and remove dead skin, by allowing proper moisture retention.
4. Coconut water
Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair because it contains potassium. It has healthy fats, minerals, and Vitamin E which boost hair growth and shine.
5. Avocado oil
Avocado has Vitamin A, D, and E and Omega 9 fatty acids which are building blocks for healthy skin. They also help to even out skin tone. You can do so much with it, eat it with ugali and sukuma, githeri, or just eat it with bread.
Whether you eat them or use them for the treatment of your hair eggs are fabulous. The Vitamin B helps you with your body’s detox organ(your liver). The sulfur is necessary for the production of collagen, and keratin, which is important for creating and maintaining shiny hair, glowing skin, and strong nails.
Garlic is good for preventing breakouts and maintaining clear skin. The best way to eat it is to crush it and eat it.Or add it to the food when it’s almost cooked.
Walnuts have Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which help your body maintain moisture and give your hair a beautiful shine. The protein content also helps to boost hair follicles, making the hair stronger and fuller.
Tomatoes protect you from sun damage because of their high antioxidant content which is great for those of us who live in the tropics. Try and eat it as much as possible raw. A good option is kachumbari.
10. Malenge seeds
If you haven’t been eating pumpkin seeds then you need to start. The seeds are packed with zinc, Vitamins A and K, Omega 3 fatty acids. These are good for building a healthy hair shaft. The seeds also have fatty acids and Vitamin C, which protects and repairs skin.
11. Collard greens – Sukuma Wiki
Collard greens have a lot of Vitamin C, which fights toxins and is good for your skin. The secret is not to over fry them as you will lose out on all the vitamins.
Pineapple is high in Vitamin C and an enzyme called bromelain which is a skin softener. Eating pineapple helps the body synthesize collagen, which supports skin structure. The amino acids and vitamin C aid in tissue and cell repair, making you look younger. Don’t just have them in salads, you can also cook with them for some added flavour for your food.
13. Oat porridge
Oats are a super healthy grain, and it has high amounts of biotin, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Deficiency of these nutrients can lead to brittle hair and hair breakage. Have some with fruits for an energy packed breakfast.
Looking good is an inside job so start eating these foods today.