Good health and beauty comes from a balanced diet and lifestyle. If you want your hair to be thick and luxurious it is important to make sure that you get the nutrients you need. Hair, skin and nails are made up mostly of a protein called keratin. A diet rich in lean protein that is balanced with complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit can help to give you shine and healthy looking hair and nails. But how much is enough and what are some of the healthy proteins you should be eating?
Meat, soy, beans and dairy products are excellent sources of protein. The United States Department of Agriculture has issued new guidelines for their Food Pyramid. An average person should eat approximately five ounces of lean meat, poultry or fish and up to three cups of milk or dairy products each day . If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you can get your protein from beans or soy products. Also, if you are sensitive to dairy products, soy milk, soy cheese and frozen soy desserts offer you options that were not available just a few years ago.
The key to any healthy eating lifestyle is moderation. When choosing cuts of meat, try to stay as lean as possible. This will help to cut down on the fat in your diet. Meats, fish and poultry should be boiled, broiled or grilled. There are many ways to prepare beans and peas such as soups, stews or as meat-free burgers. Chicken should be prepared without the skin which will also reduce the amount of fat in your diet. You can include nuts for a healthy snack or as part of your recipes.
Be sure to round out your diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. If fresh products are not available, frozen ones are a good alternative. Modern processing traps the nutrients in frozen vegetables and fruits today so that almost none of them are lost. Choose brown rice and whole grain bread products to increase fiber and nutrients. Limit sweets and fats.
Use these simple tips to maintain your well being and have younger looking hair and skin. Stay hydrated with 8 glasses of water per day and add a multivitamin for nutrient insurance. Of course another aspect of good health is exercise. Not only will it get you toned but it has been proven to relieve depression and insomnia. True beauty really does come from within and with these tips and information you can be on your way to having the clear skin and healthy looking hair you want.
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