There are so many articles, YouTube videos and unwritten rules on how to keep your hair healthy. So many of these spoken and unspoken hair rules only cover what or what not to apply to the hair directly. It’s not always about what you put on your hair that makes it healthier; there are ways that you can gain healthy tresses from the inside. Here are some foods that have what it takes to support your body in maintaining strong, beautiful hair.
- Salmon- Salmon has Vitamin D and protein, which are both instrumental in maintaining strong hair. However, the really vital ingredient in this tasty fish is the omega-3 fatty acids. Your body doesn’t produce these fatty acids on its own and 3% of your hair shaft is made of them!
- Walnuts- These are the only nuts that contain the ever so vital omega-3 fatty acids. They also have biotin and Vitamin E. Without biotin we could lose our hair! Walnuts also contain copper which keeps our hair color looking radiant and glossy.
- Eggs- Eggs are full of essential nutrients and minerals such as zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron. Iron is vital because it carries oxygen to the hair follicles. Lack of iron is a common cause of hair loss.
- Greek Yogurt- this low fat dairy option is very high in protein. This is why some DIY protein treatment recipes include yogurt as an ingredient. It also has Vitamin D. Recent research links this vitamin to hair follicle health, but scientists haven’t exactly figured out how it works.
- Blueberries- This sweet berry contains Vitamin C which is vital in preventing hair breakage. Vitamin C very important to scalp circulation and provides support for the small blood vessels that feed your hair follicles.
- Poultry- Your hair is mostly made of protein and meat is a major source of it. Foods rich in protein provide your body with the building blocks needed to build hair. Poultry also contains zinc, iron, Vitamin B which all play a part in maintaining healthy strands
- Spinach- This vegetable has iron, beta carotene, folate and Vitamin C which all works together to keep your hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.
If you look at this list above, you may notice that every major food group is represented. What’s the bottom line? Eating a healthy, balanced diet not only helps your body but also leads to beautiful, healthy hair!
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