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Wellness Wednesday: Beauty, it starts on the inside - Cooking with Claudine

Wellness Wednesday: Beauty, it starts on the inside

Before we can throw green tea, kale and brazil nuts at our wrinkles, we must go a little deeper than what’s on our plate.  I think we can all agree, that the most beautiful woman in the room is the happiest woman in the room.  No amount of makeup and hair products can fake that natural glow and vibe of a radiating happy chick!  I love talking about foods and their health benefits, but I think first we should all remmind ourselves of this:


Now to what;s on your plate.  It’s true, our food choices give us the power to reshape our beauty and body from the inside out.   The foods and nutrients we consume affects cell growth (in our skin, hair and nails), therefore, it’s important we eat what’s best for maintaining healthy cell rejuvenation.  Mother Nature has been so kind as to give us a planet full of berries, herbs, nuts, fruits and veggies, all of which are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other benefits for a glowing body.  

Need any more of a reason to load up on sweet potatoes and almond butter? I think not!
Here are a few of my favorite foods and their Beauty-fing Health Benefits 

1) Selenium 
Benefits:  Protects skin from sun damage
Found in: Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, tuna, sole, rice, wheat

2) Biotin
Benefits: Promotes strong hair and nails
Found in: Egg yolks, hazelnuts and sesame seeds

3) Coenzyme Q10
Benefits: Kick-start cell activity and provides energy to cells, supports healthy metabolism
Found in:  Fish oils, walnuts, beef

4) Omega 3 fatty Acids  
Benefits: Combats skin inflammation
Found in:  Flax seeds (ground and oil), salmon, walnuts, hemp seed, nori

5) Antioxidants
Benefits: neutralizes free radicals (caused by pesticides, uv rays, stress) by giving them electrons
Found in: Green tea matcha, berries, orange vegetables

6) Zinc 
Benefits: Supports cell repair and renewal.
Found in: Garbonzo and kidney beans, oysters, sardines, beef, liver, lamb.

7) Vitamin A 
Benefits: Skin cell renewal
Found in: Leafy greens, orange and yellow vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots, squash)

8) Vitamin B 
Benefits: Overall skin health
Found in: Whole grains, nuts, meat, potatoes, bananas, prunes

9) Vitamin C
Benefits: Production of collagen and components that keep skin tone and firm
Found in: Bell peppers, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, kiwi, strawberries

10) Vitamin E
Benefits: Maintains healthy, moisturized skin and scalp.  Supports healthy levels of antiaging glutathione
Found in: Almonds, avocado, chard, olives, papaya, spinach, sun flower seeds, tomatoes

Here’s to good health,

Haley & Claudine

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