Foods That Are Good For Your Hair
There are seemingly endless amounts of hair care tips and routines to get the most out of your mane; from being selective about shampoos and conditioners to learning the best way to brush and dry your hair. But eating the correct foods for healthier hair can go a long way. Today we bring you the best foods for a healthier head of hair, focusing on nutrients that lead to growth, shine and strength.
Fish Like Salmon and Mackerel
Fish like salmon and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids. People are usually after these kinds of fats to help build a strong immune system or to treat anxiety and depression. But it can also help with hair growth and achieving a sleeker shine. Our bodies don’t produce omega-3 naturally, so adding a consistent intake of these fatty acids can really have a strong and positive effect.
Greek Yogurt and Other Dairy Products
Calcium found in dairy products, like yogurt, is another nutrient that helps with hair growth. If you’re not lactose sensitive, dairy may be helpful as it also contains whey and casein, two great sources for producing protein. Protein helps to build strength in your strands, and having enough of it will prevent brittle hair and breakage.
Chicken and Turkey
The more obvious place to find protein is in meat. Eating meats like chicken and turkey will help you get more than enough protein, while avoiding the more saturated fats found in beef and pork. It’s important to keep in mind that without protein your hair stops growing. When it stops growing, it can start to fall out and nobody wants that.
Greens Like Spinach and Kale
Greens pack a punch containing a number of nutrients including folate, iron, beta carotene and Vitamins A & C. Vitamins A & C particularly work great together in producing sebum, a natural oil that helps stop your scalp from drying out and losing its shine. You can also obtain more than adequate amounts of protein from vegetables alone. It just requires eating more quantities of veggies as they are not as dense as meats. Eating as much veggies as possible as always a great rule of follow.
Fruits Like Guava and Kiwi
These kinds of fruits are brimming with Vitamin C. On its own, Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, which benefits follicle strength and keeps hair from falling out. Just one cup of a guava contains 377 milligrams of Vitamin C, more than four times the daily recommended amount.
Another great product for protein, eggs, are also rich in biotin (or “Vitamin B”) which is another great nutrient for hair growth. Having enough biotin in your system will work to prevent breakage and hair loss. Biotin can also be found in a variety of different whole-grains. If eggs are not your preferred source of protein or biotin, you can opt for biotin enriched Boost to aid your follicles’ nutritional needs.
Oysters, Crab and Lobster
One nutrient we haven’t yet mentioned is zinc. Zinc can be found in many seafoods like oysters and shellfish, and is great in preventing dry and flaky scalps. If you are experiencing dandruff, consider stopping by your local seafood bistro sometime this week!
Containing a mix of calcium, iron and Vitamin A, cinnamon is great for increasing blood flow. Healthy blood flow to the scalp brings nutrients and oxygen to your hair follicles. Our bodies use blood flow as the vehicle to deliver the nutrients that we talked about.
A healthy scalp is a reflection of a healthy diet! Take care of your body by treating yourself to these healthy foods and an active lifestyle. If you need a little boost or looking for products that are naturally made, take our Hair Quiz to find out what products are right for you! Now that you are equipped with the right products and the right foods, are there any good foods for your hair we missed? Let us know by leaving your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.