The Spices To Include In Your Diet Starting Today For Beautiful Skin & Hair!
The secret to glowing skin and healthy hair could be hiding in your spice cabinet. Here is a list of 5 spices you should be eating more often along with delicious recipes using each of them. Add them to your morning smoothie, sneak them into your coffee…just find a way to get them in, and your skin, hair, nails, and everything else will definitely thank you.
Turmeric is the spice you’ve probably already heard good things about, but turmeric does literally does everything. It’s packed with healthy fiber, calcium and vitamins. It also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help with acne and breakouts (something I didn’t think I would have to worry about at 55). It increases bile flow, which is a process that helps break down fat. It also helps improve blood circulation (which equals prettier, more radiant skin) AND it’s an anti-inflammatory and an excellent source of iron and manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, and potassium! Need I say more!!!
Ginger is amazing for getting your digestive system back up and running. It’s been demonstrated to assist in the process of detoxing your gut (and, as we know, gut health is the key to just about everything), as well as eliminating toxins from your liver. Read this post for more about the health benefits of ginger.
Everyone has heard of cinnamon, but did you know that it’s championed for its powers in the world of weight loss? While it’s true that some studies indicate cinnamon can assist in improving blood-sugar levels and cholesterol, it’s also very beneficial for your skin. Cinnamon is full of powerful antioxidants, which not only protect the body from free radicals, but are also good for your health, because they can help repair damage caused to your skin and organs. Cinnamon slows the glycation process, which binds sugar and protein in our bodies and can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin. (we need all of the collagen and elastin we can get). Best of all, it’s very easy to incorporate into your daily routine: Try adding it to your oatmeal or coffee in the morning!
Garlic is high in an amino acid by the name of cysteine, which helps your follicles perform at the highest level to grow strong, shiny, healthy hair. It’s also loaded with allicin, which helps increase blood flow to the scalp, which stimulates hair growth. It can also reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.
Head to your favorite Mexican restaurant very quickly and order guacamole with lots of cilantro! Cilantro helps to detox the body of heavy metals, as it hosts chemical compounds that bind to toxic metals and help eliminate them from your system. It’s also been proven to help reduce blood pressure and treat anxiety (which we can all use a little help with). Cilantro has been found to improve the quality and restfulness of sleep which is crucial for your beauty routine! It’s a fantastic source of potassium, iron, vitamins A, C, and K, magnesium, and calcium. Sign me up!
Fennel seeds can help decrease skin redness as well as irritation. They can also reduce and minimize the sensitivity caused from long sun exposure. They can also be great for your hair - add some crushed fennel seeds to boiling hot water and make a rinse that helps decrease dandruff and increase the strength of your hair. Raw fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C which is essential to collagen, the support system of the skin. It also works as an antioxidant to help prevent damage caused by the sun, pollution, and smoke. Vitamin C also promotes the ability of collagen to smooth wrinkles and improve the overall texture of the skin.
Happy Eating and Happy Weekend!