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The 4 Oils You Need For Inner And Outer Beauty: A Nutritionist Explains

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June 5, 2016

Fat is an essential macronutrient, and fatty oils make for powerful anti-aging beauty foods when used both internally and externally. Here are four oils that will leave you feeling incredible from the inside out:

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Algae Oil

New to the scene and totally sustainable, anti-inflammatory algae oil is incredibly high in monounsaturated fat (that's the good one!). In fact, 1 tablespoon alone has as much monounsaturated fat as an avocado. This type of fat helps stabilize blood sugar, allowing your body to release fat, protect lean muscle, and surge with energy.

With nine times more fiber than kale and two times more protein than spinach, expect to see a lot more see a lot more algae food ingredients in your culinary future. It's perfect for high-heat cooking (like stir-frying) because it stands up to high temperatures without steaming and has a super-light taste.

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Medium-chain-triglyceride (MCT) oil works to combat the bad bacteria and yeast in the digestive tract that can cause inflammation and keep you from losing weight. Most often found in coconut oil, MCT is easily digested and has been shown to promote fat burning and increase energy expenditure. Recent research also shows that consumption of MCT oil before drinking can protect the liver from the oxidative stress of alcohol.

Add a teaspoon of MCT into your morning smoothie or blend it with a cup of hot coffee or tea to cleanse your colon and promote a healthy bacteria balance.

Pamper with these:

Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. When used on hair, it improves scalp health, fights infections and fungus, and supports hair growth, all while adding volume and shine without the common harmful chemicals.

Elevate your hair routine with my Be Well favorite, the St. Tropica coconut oil mask. It's deeply infused with superfoods your hair loves like organic biotin, green tea, hibiscus, amla, and horsetail.

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Marula & Calendula Face Oils

Oiling every evening is my secret weapon for glowing skin. Calendula oil, loaded with alpha and beta carotenoids, will infuse your skin with antioxidants and enhance its natural healing systems. Marula oil's antioxidants, vitamins, and omega-3s deliver moisture and luminosity. Insider tip: Apply a light amount of oil onto your face before your next flight to protect your skin from getting dehydrated in the recycled air.

Related reads:

  • 4 Awesome Ways To Use Coconut Oil
  • Why Eating More Fat Can Help You Lose Weight: A Doctor Explains
  • What You Need To Know About Cooking Oils
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Kelly LeVeque
Kelly LeVeque

Kelly LeVeque is a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and celebrity health coach based in Los Angeles, California. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and completed her postgraduate clinical nutrition education through UCLA and UC Berkeley. Be Well By Kelly grew out of LeVeque's lifelong passion for health, the science of nutrition and overall wellness. Guided by a practical and always optimistic approach, she helps clients improve their health, achieve their goals and develop sustainable habits to live a healthy and balanced life. She parlayed her passion for health, wellness, and nutrition into her first book, Body Love (Harper Collins) published June 2017.

LeVeque is passionate about the science of human nutrition. Driven by the desire to help her clients, and her own intellectual curiosity, she studies the latest research, evaluates competing theories and reads everything. Most importantly, she uses that knowledge to make individualized recommendations for her clients. She also loves to cook. LeVeque believes in real food, real ingredients and a clean diet. The Be Well kitchen is constantly buzzing, and loves creating tasty, clean, nutrient-dense recipes and dishes.

Before starting her consulting business, LeVeque worked in the medical field for Fortune 500 companies like J&J, Stryker, and Hologic, eventually moving into personalized medicine, offering tumor gene mapping and molecular subtyping to oncologists. She is a regular contributor for numerous health, wellness and lifestyle publications. LeVeque rounded out her education with a number of other certifications including being certified as a Health Coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, her RYT-200 training though the American Yoga School, and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT)® certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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