Karena and Katrina, the founders of Tone It Up, have brought a fresh approach to fitness and wellness. Today, they're back to let you in on a little secret: It is absolutely possible to eat your way to beautiful skin and hair. Below, they rounded up four superfoods that can work some serious magic in building strong skin, hair, and nails. Start taking notes—you'll want to incorporate these ingredients into your weekly shopping list.
Looking to grow some seriously luscious mermaid locks this summer? Up your vitamin D intake to stimulate hair follicle growth and prevent hair loss. For an easy way to incorporate it into your diet, look no further than portobello mushrooms. They are higher in vitamin D than button mushrooms, making them an ideal plant-based source. Use them as “buns” for your burger, or slice and sauté them up with onions as a side dish. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try chanterelle or oyster mushrooms.
Selenium is known as a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals. Some studies have also found that the nutrient can also help decrease acne. Brazil nuts are the highest natural source of selenium you’ll find, making them a great addition to your diet for clear skin. Each one packs a huge selenium punch, so you only need one to two per day to meet your body’s requirements. Because Brazil nuts are so high in selenium, it’s easy to reach toxic levels, so make sure to not exceed two Brazil nuts per day. We like to throw them in our smoothies or toss them in trail mix. Try out our Brazil nut pesto to put over zucchini noodles for dinner.
Aloe vera is well known as an amazing food for your skin—and for good reason. It helps prevent lipid peroxidation, which can lead to cell damage. Aloe isn’t the tastiest item, so this is best thrown into a smoothie, as a supplement, or simply taken as a shot. Grab your girls, fill up some two-ounce glasses with aloe juice, and down some skin-brightening shots. You can also try our coconut-kale beauty smoothie recipe, and add two ounces of aloe.
If you suffer from acne, you could be low in antioxidants. The sulfur compound, allicin, is an incredible antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Raw garlic, rather than cooked, will provide the best effects. Our Brazil nut pesto uses raw garlic, so top your pasta, zoodles, or veggies with two tablespoons of it.
You can also create a tasty salad dressing with one tablespoon olive oil, one tablespoon champagne vinegar, one teaspoon Dijon mustard, one freshly minced garlic clove, and half a teaspoon of honey. Put it all in a jar and shake well before using on your salad.
Great skin and hair are natural side effects of a healthy lifestyle. Our Tone It Up Nutrition Plan is packed with nutrient filled recipes to give you energy, reach your goals, and boost the health of your skin and hair.