Hair nutrition [classic article]

It’s not just what you put on your body that creates beautiful hair and nails . . . long before they appear to the world, it’s what you put in your body that makes the difference! With all of the dieting and fake foods out there, it takes some expert knowledge as to what you should be eating to keep up your looks.

Shanna Israel, Lifestyle expert and CEO/ Founder of Vertical Wellness

Shanna Israel is a professional nutrition and lifestyle expert in the intersecting worlds of health, wellness, fashion and entertainment. Shanna has immersed herself within the healthcare industry after her near death experience battling West Nile virus followed by Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s.  Fearing for her life and misdiagnosed by top professionals, Shanna conducted immense research on conventional and nontraditional methods of treatment and learned how to heal her weakened body and regain strength through a mixture of natural, environmental, integrative, and holistic treatments.

Here are her tips and recipes for beauty!

  • Chicken – Chicken is beaming with B vitamins, protein and is rich in zinc. This powerful combination creates a synergistic array of nutrients that send your hair, skin and nails into growth mode.
  • Oysters – they are a good source of zinc, which aids in skin cell renewal and repair. Zinc also keeps your nails, hair, and eyes healthy they are a good source of zinc, which aids in skin cell renewal and repair. Zinc also keeps your nails, hair, and eyes healthyThey are great source of Zinc which aids in cell renewal and repair.
  • Coconut Oil – By eating coconut oil and coconut, the body can properly absorb nutrients better to help our skin, hair and nails look their best. Coconut oil is also a great remedy to help your hair grow
  • Avocados – Every single nutrient in avocados helps your nail health, and the healthy fats help your body absorb these nutrients faster and more efficiently.

Pink Power Smoothie

Total Time
10 Minutes


  • 1 cup water or coconut water
  • 1/2 medium avocado, pitted
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen preferred), hulled if necessary
  • 1 small/medium beet, ends trimmed and roughly chopped*
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons or so)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 large ice cubes
  • 1 apple ( if sweeter smoothie is desired – optional), cored and roughly chopped


  1. Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Adjust sweetness if desired, adding an apple or liquid sweetener to taste if needed.


Warm Chicken Salad with Avocado


  • Half free range chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 tbsp mixed Moroccan spices (cumin, paprika, turmeric, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, oregano)
  • ½ tsp seas salt
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 avocado
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • ½  red bell pepper
  • ¼ Spanish Onion
  • Fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  1. Heat frying pan with coconut oil. Add slices of chicken breast when sizzling hot and bring the heat to medium/high.


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