This day and age, many people are supplement crazed. There is a pill or “vitamin” for everything! Shops such as GNC and the Vitamin Shoppe carry so many vitamins and supplements for anything and everything and people will spend their money on the pills for whatever purpose they are trying to achieve. We tend to forget that going back to the basics is probably the better, healthier option. What you feed your body will really show on the outside, and it’s the healthier, more organic option.
That in mind, I provide for you a list of foods you may or may not know can help you achieve beautiful, shiny, healthy hair.
Fish, like Salmon, sardines and mackerel are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Your body can’t make these healthy fats, so you have to get them from food. They help protect you from disease, but fatty acids also help your hair grow, shine and volumized.
Moisturization & Breakage control
Most dark green leafy vegetables are filled with amazing nutrients, as we all know. Spinach is filled with Vitamins A and C, plus iron, beta carotene and folate. Together these vitamins keep your hair moisturized so it won’t break. To toss things up, Kale is another great leaf to try!
Greek yogurt is protein packed. Protein is the building block for your locks. Greek yogurt also contains B5, which helps the blood flow to your scalp and may also help against thinning and hair loss. If you are looking for the magic food for hair growth, stock up on that Chobani!
This delicious tropical fruit is packed with vitamin C, to protect your hair from breakage. In fact, one cup of Guava has 377 milligrams of Vitamin C. That’s more than four times the minimum daily recommended amount. Bravo!
Fights dull, dryness
Has your hair lost it’s shine? Does it feel dull and lifeless? Sweet potatoes are your answer. They are filled with beta carotene, with is such a good-for-you antioxidant. Not only does it protect against dry, dull hair, but it also encourages the glands in your scalp to make sebum, which keeps your hair from drying out. Beta carotene can also be found in other orange vegetables, such as carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe and mangoes.
Eggs are rich in Biotin, which is a B vitamin that helps hair grow. Not having enough biotin can lead to hair loss. Biotin is also great to strengthen brittle fingernails. Eggs are also a good source of protein and iron.
Copper may help maintain your hair’s natural color, regardless of the shade as well as help in the absorption of iron, which is also contained in the mushroom. Shiitake mushrooms are copper-rich and can be used in a wide variety of delicious recipes. These mushrooms are also rich in Selenium, which is essential for healthy hair. Selenium helps keep hair strong and also fights dandruff.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is an essential antioxidant that helps maintain the collagen on the body. This, in turn, is good for nourishing the hair and promotes shiny, healthy locks.
Split end control
Blueberries contain antioxidants to assist defeating free radicals that lead to split ends and discoloration in hair. Blueberries also help stimulate growth and also prevents premature graying as they contain proanthocyanidins as well as vitamin b12.
This list would not be complete without this simple, yet magical beverage! Water hydrates the scalp and ensures good circulation of blood. This, in turn, helps the vital nutrients find their way to your hair.
It isn’t difficult to build a diet rich in the above mentioned foods for healthy, lustrous hair. We straighten, curl, blow dry and damage our hair all the time, so in order to keep our hair healthy, adding the right foods to your diet can help strengthen and prevent all the damage we do to our locks from taking over.