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Beauty starts from the inside out—because what happens below our skin has a direct impact on what is expressed externally. The best foods for good skin and hair as well as strong, healthy nails are plant- based, whole foods that contain protein, antioxidants and essential fatty acids—plus, of course, good old-fashioned H20.
Hair, skin, eyes and nails are largely made of protein, which explains why proteins are considered the “building blocks of life.” One specific type, which is known for promoting skin elasticity, is called collagen. While the common understanding is that collagen comes from meat, it is actually a protein that our bodies create on their own. It forms in the bodies of mammals through the combination of certain amino acids (proteins, which can absolutely be plant-based)
and vitamin C. In supporting supple skin and building connective tissue, foods high in protein are among the best foods for skin.
Antioxidants are a big-time beauty food. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can cause damage to our tissues and cells. Prematurely aging skin is a direct result of free radical damage, so eating antioxidant-rich foods means investing in the long-term health of your skin. Vitamin C, resveratrol, anthocyanins and EGCG are all powerful antioxidants found in Navitas superfoods, including Acai Powder, Maqui Powder, Camu Powder and Matcha Powder. You can boost your dose of antioxidants by enjoying our Daily Superfood Beauty Boost and Essential Superfood Blends, too!
Essential Fatty Acids
While fats have, in recent history, gotten a bad rap, our bodies actually need healthy fats to thrive. Essential fatty acids are particularly important. They build healthy cell membranes, which keep skin and tissues youthful. Studies have shown that they also help reduce skin inflammation, which can cause skin conditions including acne. Navitas Hemp Seeds and Chia Seeds are fantastic sources of plant-based essential fatty acids.
By supporting your diet with potent superfoods full of protein, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, your body will show you on the outside the vibrant health you’re generating on the inside.