By eating an anti-inflammatory diet, not only will your health benefit but the effects are likely to shine through.

Good nutrition provides the body with all the minerals and vitamins it needs to function at the highest level, which includes the growth of luscious locks and stronger nails, as well as helping you to live longer.

Look better by starting your day with a healthy breakfast topped with nuts and seeds; an example would be yoghurt, nuts and seeds.

Dietitian Katie Tomaschko, MS, RDN, is particularly fond of sunflower seeds as they contain biotin, protein and vitamin E.

Fellow dietician Paula Doebrich elaborated on the benefits of vitamin E, telling Healthline that the vitamin may help to protect the skin against visible signs of ageing, like fine lines and sun spots.

For lunch, if you could add in fruity avocado, you will be doing yourself a great favour in terms of adhering to an anti-inflammatory diet.

Food specialist Katie Tomaschko confirmed avocados promote skin and nail health as the fruit contains vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E.

Vitamin C has been linked to collagen production so it too can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the skin, which leads to a more youthful look.

Avocados pair well with scrambled eggs and tomatoes, and you could even add a slither of smoked salmon, or you could add yours to a slice of toast.

When it comes to dinner, make sure dark leafy greens become a staple in your meals, as they provide plenty of nutrients to benefit the hair, skin, and nails.

Dark, leafy greens:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Bok choy
  • Collard greens

Mary Berry has a wonderful chicken spinach and tomato lasagne recipe that can be made in 40 minutes.

Happy Foodie offers a plethora of healthy recipes that contain dark, leafy greens, such as the mouthwatering five-spice duck with wild rice, kale and ginger supper.

Eating anti-inflammatory foods can work wonders on your internal and external body, but only if you are not munching on proinflammatory foods.

Ultra-processed foods could undo all the hard work of an anti-inflammatory diet, so minimise eating them.

Ultra-processed foods

  • Instant soups and noodles
  • Cookies
  • Cakes

By decreasing the inflammatory markers in the body, you will start to feel and look better on the inside and out.

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