Best Foods for Summer Hair, Skin, and Nails

Andrea Breaux
3 min readMay 22, 2022

If it Grows, You will Glow

The bird raced across the backyard, stopping when it caught sight of Annie on the meditation platform. Annie opened her eyes, “Mr. Roadrunner, you’re not going to have Mr. Gecko for breakfast. He’s my guest because he’s keeping the insects and mosquitos at bay,” she thought. It seemed the bird could read her mind because it turned tail, raced to the wall, took a short flight over it, and was gone. In the meantime, the gecko continued to hang out close to Annie. She smiled, closed her eyes, and resumed meditating.

In the kitchen, LJ prepared breakfast; he watched the sun moving steadily in Annie’s direction. He knew she would soak it up for about ten minutes for its vitamin D before ending her meditation.

Shortly, Annie folded her hands in the traditional namaste pose and got up. On her way to the house, she stopped to pick a couple of ripe papaya and cantaloupe.

LJ opened the screen door and took the fruit from her,” I saw the staredown between you and the roadrunner,” he said smiling. “protecting our gecko?”

“Yes, he can stay as long as he keeps the mosquito population in check.

They started washing the fruit. “Should I peel some papaya for breakfast,” Annie asked. “I want to get a jump start on summer and start eating foods that hydrate and nourish my hair, skin, and nails to counteract the extra amounts of sun exposure. Papaya does because it contains high amounts of vitamins A, C, and B9. It is a rich source of lycopene, an antioxidant that improves blood flow and cell restoration, protecting against aging skin and promoting hair growth. It also helps reduce inflammation and boosts collagen production.”

“Well, I want to make a Papaya Bruschetta for our company this afternoon, so that would be great if you don’t mind peeling. LJ rinsed a handful of basil and put it on a towel to dry, and began seeding a red bell pepper. Red bell peppers have 1.5 times more vitamin C and 11 times more beta-carotene than green peppers because they have been left on the vine to ripen. Vitamin C supports healthy collagen and beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. It helps protect against hair, skin, and nail damage.”

Andrea Breaux

Andrea started based on her goal to inspire a shift in consciousness that recognizes food-as-medicine as the core of good health.