How to eat for beautiful skin, hair & nails

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Did your mother ever tell you that to be beautiful on the outside you must first be beautiful on the inside? Apparently, she was onto something. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, skin health and beauty are a reflection of general health.

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  • Dr. Andrew Weil M.D.

    Dr. Andrew Weil M.D. Director, The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Dr. Weil is Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine of the College of Medicine, University of Arizona. He has traveled widely collecting information on drug use in other cultures and is a well-established author. more about this expert »

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Transcript I think skin health and beauty really reflect general health and the root of good skin health and appearance first is proper nutrition. So I think that particularly getting the proper amounts and kinds of fats in the diet is very key. There are what we call essential fats. Now these are the good fats that we absolutely have to have every day and they are the fats that you can get from nuts, seeds, avocados and also from oily fish, the omega-3 fatty acids. So that’s the first thing is to make sure that you are getting plenty of these in the diet. I recommend that everybody take 2 to 3 grams of supplemental fish oil a day. I think this is for general health, for healthy aging but certainly very good for skin health. There is a particular fat called GLA which is hard to get in the diet, that you can get in natural products like evening primrose oil and black current oil and these can be taken as supplements, easy to find in natural food stores. And for women especially this can greatly improve the texture and appearance of hair, nails and skin.

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