There aren’t many things I love more than food. So, when I discovered food can be beneficial in more ways than just satisfying my cravings, I became overjoyed. Many of us have heard the expression, “You are what you eat,” and some believe that to be true. I personally didn’t believe it until I learned certain foods are good for more than just eating!
We all know eating healthy foods or trying different diets may help with your weight, but what about your skin, hair, or nails? There are tons of different items in the grocery aisles that help maintain beauty, so I came up with a few of my personal favorites!
Avocados: Ever since I came to college, avocados (and guacamole) have entered my list of favorite foods. Besides being delicious, avocados also help prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. When applied topically, they also help keep your skin hydrated.
Green tea: Green tea is always my go-to drink when I feel sick or want to study without going on a crazed Starbucks binge. But, green tea also has many anti-inflammatory properties, and it can reduce the risk of skin cancer by protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.
Berries: Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries — grab them all! The antioxidants in blueberries help prevent aging, the vitamin C in strawberries works as a building block for collagen to help support skin, and some studies suggest that raspberries help with weight loss.
Oysters: Probably the most unusual item on the list, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that oysters have healthy benefits, too. Oysters contain zinc that contributes to skin and hair renewal, keeping your hair, nails, and eyes healthy.
Sweet Potatoes: Not only are sweet potatoes one of the things I look forward to around Thanksgiving time, they are a serious super-food when it comes to beauty. Sweet potatoes help with a number of things, including hair shine and growth and clear skin. Plus, they contain vitamins A, C, and E that work together to improve overall complexion.
So, next time you go to the supermarket, keep these foods in mind! Yes, discounts and snack foods are great, but these super-foods can kill two (or even three) birds with one stone. Happy eating, collegiettes™!