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Be Bold For Beautiful Black Skin & Hair

Be Bold For Beautiful Black Skin & Hair

#BeBoldForChange was the powerful theme for 2017 International Women's Day. On Wednesday, March 8th, women (and men) all over the world socially shared their selfies with printed signs of their commitment.

As the traditional nurturers in the village, we tend to put off taking care of ourselves – we put others ahead of us. Why not also apply this message "Be Bold For Change ", to yourself with regard to the wellness of your beautiful black skin, coils, curls and locs?

Nutritional choices that you make affect the workings of your entire body, including the maintenance of hair and skin. Ask yourself, what can I eat and drink for beautiful skin and healthy hair?

Water. You know you need plenty for keeping your whole body properly hydrated. Drinking enough water for your skin flushes out impurities and can help to plump it up, resulting in a nice glow. For your hair's sake, you need to take in plenty too. Water travels from the roots of your hair all the way to the tips. The roots drink up water within your skin's layers and hydrates the rest of your hair. When you don't drink enough, the hair roots are depleted, leaving your hair brittle and dry. It may even stop growing. Drink 8-10 glasses daily, along with drinking antioxidant rich beverages such as green tea.

For the best foods to nourish your skin, choose organic whenever you can. Organic foods have been shown to be higher in nutrients than conventionally grown foods and they lack potentially carcinogenic pesticides (cancer causing agents).

Put your greens on! Kale, spinach and broccoli are excellent sources of Vitamin A and C needed to produce sebum (oil produced by your body). Your skin contains collagen fibers that form a network that hold your skin together. Vitamin C from these veggies as well as fruit, help make the collagen that needed for the strength of your skin. Speaking of fruit, apples, blueberries, blackberries, cherries and strawberries are all considered natural antioxidants for your skin care.

Eat high quality proteins, such as salmon, halibut, sardines or herring, which are all anti-inflammatory. Research shows that inflammation, occurring on a cellular level, is the single greatest factor of aging.

Eat eggs packed with protein, providing excellent nutrition for the skin in the form of amino acids. Amino acids generate new proteins within your skin cells; some of these like collagen and elastin - lend strength to your skin tissue, reducing the development of wrinkles. For your hair, eggs are an excellent source of biotin and other B Vitamins, which in particular, support the growth of hair.

Supplements. Even with a balanced diet, our daily intake may need some boosting with supplements including like vitamins A, B, C and biotin to promote healthier skin and hair.

Celebrated African American nutritionist Dr. Ro Brock in an Ebony Magazine interview asserted, “There are no health risks for taking biotin, but you do have to be careful when you take vitamin supplements and make sure that you intake standardized nutrients. You also want to take a multivitamin daily. You don’t need to take more than 5,000 micro-grams of biotin a day if you’re going to take a multivitamin as well. Taking both will give you the best results. But taking more than 5,000 micro grams will not make the hair grow any faster.”

Herbs. There are a multitude of herbs like thyme, known to have the highest iron content – a nutrient associated with hair growth and health. Have it in the form of an herbal tea and of course, enhance your food's flavor with it. Spice up your way to beauty with other iron-laden herbs and spices like rosemary, sage, marjoram, curry powder, cumin seed, parsley, tarragon and bay leaf.

When you make better nutritional decisions, you are in a better position to impact and help others. In some cases, it just may mean small adjustments and healthier substitutions that will make a difference. Be decisive and bold about making choices for your health.

Dedicated To Your Beauty

Juliette Samuel

Esthetician/Author/Publisher

Nyraju Skin Care

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