As we all prepare for the summertime, we want to make sure we are fit and toned and have that healthy, golden glow. This week, I want to share with you about how in college you can refrain from eating those high-in-sodium ramen noodles, and can really invest in your health and outer beauty (complexion) and boost your energy.
While cramming for finals and midterms, it can be tempting to not do a meal plan or take the time to cook or eat healthy, but you can grab some easy snacks on the go that will increase your vitamin intake and help you be ready for the sunshine!
I will go over in categories what foods to eat for what benefit (e.g., good hair, glowing skin, immunity boost). Keep reading for these helpful hints!
Foods for great skin and a healthy complexion:
1. Cooked red tomatoes: Helps reduce sun damage and helps skin repair. They’re rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that fights UV rays.
2. Blueberries: Helps anti-aging and wrinkles, and is high in antioxidants.
3. Wild salmon: Make sure it’s wild. Salmon will help protect your skin from sun exposure and is rich in vitamin D.
4. Spinach: High in vitamins and minerals and is a super omega-3.
5. Oysters and other seafood: The zinc found in these foods is great for your skin and hair.
Foods for healthy, shiny hair:
1. Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are even better for your hair as they are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A).
2. Cinnamon: Improves circulation, which can help your hair grow (not overnight, of course…).
3. Any fruits or veggies that are orange or red: Bell peppers (red or yellow), carrots and pumpkin are great for hair health and shine.
4. Bananas: Rich in silica, which helps increase hair growth.
5. Walnuts: Packed with unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins.
[Sources: fitnessmagazine.com; joybauer.com; health.usnews.com]
Hair Mask DIY: Banana and Honey
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Facial Mask DIY: Honey and Lemon
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Of course, working out and sleeping well will increase your healthy lifestyle and benefit you before summer. Are you ready to enjoy the sun and to relax after a long year of college?
[Sources: Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart; allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2014/03/gloss-and-dirt-diy-banana-honey-hair-mask.htm; theeverygirl.com/feature/homemade-honey-lemon-face-mask]
PI Girls, comment below if any of these tips helped you or if you already eat these healthy veggies and foods in your diet. Has anyone done a homemade hair or skin mask?