Diet expert Christine Avanti, author of the book "Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salad", joins Better to teach you about healthy foods that are also great for your skin and hair.
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Host: If the summer sun has damaged your skin, the chlorine’s hurt your hair, you know the drill where all the barbeques have packed on the pounds, it’s time to get back in shape from head to toe. Christine Avanti is here. She’s a Hollywood nutritionist and the author Of Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads and she’s here to show us this season’s hottest natural foods and products that are guaranteed to repair and restore your natural beauty. Can we said guaranteed, is that really going to guarantee it? Christine: If you use them and you do it right and you eat healthy, absolutely. Host: Welcome back to the show, good to have you here so let’s just get right into them because there’s a lot of stuff here we want to figure out why these are so good for our skin, our hair and our bodies. Christine: That’s right, we all want to look good on the outside, feel good on the inside so it’s important so this is like a lineup of healthy nutrients in foods and in some really great products that can help you look beautiful and gorgeous so first up we have some olives. We love olive and olive oil so the great thing about olives and olive oil is their loaded with antioxidants called polyphenols and polyphenols are important because they reduce the signs of inflammation and it’s not cute to look inflamed. Never. You also have plenty of vitamin E in olives which is really great because it improves circulation to the skin and scalp because vitamin E actually increases oxygen uptake so we love that. Also olive oil is loaded with mono and saturated fatty acids which are good fats that have been clinically shown to help target belly fat. We love it. Host: So it’s good to cook with it, eat with it, put it on your skin and all that stuff. Christine: Put it all over yourself. And then this is some obviously some avocadoes. Avocadoes are great because they’re loaded with B vitamins. They’re also loaded with some zinc so the B vitamins in particular in avocado that have to do with hair is biotin so biotin is important because when we have a biotin deficiency, we start to actually lose hair and skin can get red and rashy and flaky so you don’t want that so you want to make sure you have enough biotin in your diet, avocados are a great way to do it. Also avocadoes are loaded with folate which is important for cell division and then zinc which is important for wound healing. So boosting immunity, it’s false, we want to make sure that’s intact as well. Now we’ve got this great bowl of some broccoli, bell peppers and oranges. Host: Is this for collagen because I - Christine: Yes, these items, these foods are packed with vitamin C and vitamin C is important for collagen production. Vitamin C is also important for circulation to skin and scalp once again and vitamin C also is important in helping a molecule called carnitine speed up the process of converting fat to energy so really great in converting fat to energy so get your vitamin C. Host: And we also just heard that eating oranges helps prevents wrinkles. Christine: Yes, absolutely and with the collagen and we’ll talk about that because there’s this particular type of vitamins you want and we’re going to talk about that, one of the products which is really really great for skin. Host: Let’s skip over to this particular product here because there’s something special about this one. Christine: That one has vitamin C aster in it and the vitamin C aster is a form of vitamin C. It’s actually the only form of vitamin C that can penetrate the cell membrane and actually neutralize cells and act as an antioxidant protecting the cells particularly in the skin so that’s the Dr. Perricone citrus facial cleanser and then we have here we have the Garnier fructis, triple nutrition shampoo conditioner and treatment. This stuff is like health food for the hair and I love it because what it does is it packs in the nutritional benefits of the oils from olive, avocado and sh