Twelve Hair Healthy Foods
Is your hair losing it’s shine? Maybe it’s even thinning.These hair healthy foods boost hair growth and shine, and they’re filled with nutrients your body needs!
Though sweet potatoes are the best source of vitamin A (aka beta-carotene), carrots are a good alternative. A lot of people don’t eat sweet potatoes throughout the year. They think of them as Thanksgiving foods.
Carrots are a good alternative and easy to fit into your regular diet. Just two raw baby carrots exceeds your regular daily intake of vitamin A.
Vitamin A is necessary for skin and vision health. It’s also essential for sebum production, which conditions your scalp and hair. They’re a win win!
This super-food is like a multi-vitamin for your hair. One cup of kale contains your daily allowance of beta-carotene for cell growth and collagen-boosting vitamin C. It also helps replenish your body’s iron reserve, which promotes blood circulation.
What’s more the combination of omega fatty acids, 3 and 6 strengthens your hair and increases the rate of hair growth.
The easiest way to eat kale is probably as chips. Tear some up, massage it with extra-virgin olive oil, and bake it at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Greek yogurt is one staple I have been eating daily. It is so good for you! It’s creamy and low in fat, and Greek yogurt is packed with shiny hair nutrients: vitamin D, protein, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and zinc.
Berries, especially dark berries, are full of Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that protects against wrinkles. It also helps your body absorb iron more effectively and helps in the production of collagen, great for skin’s elasticity and capillaries that deliver nutrients to your hair.
Red peppers are a rich source of vitamin C. A half cup contains 95 mg, about one fifth of the daily recommended 500 mg of vitamin C.
Give new life to brittle hair with eggs. There are about as many beauty benefits to eggs as there are ways to cook them. Eggs are a great source of biotin, the B vitamin responsible for fast hair growth. They also help your body store up iron for circulation.
Eggs are low in calories and contain 13 vitamins and minerals including choline which is an anti-inflammatory nutrient.
Oysters contain 493% of your daily zinc requirement, which is why they’re often recommended to combat hair loss. Zinc, a mineral not stored in your body, is vital for a conditioned scalp and strong hair.
If you don’t like oysters, any kind of shellfish is great. You can also get zinc through eggs, beef, and yogurt.
Hair is 97% protein, so it’s a no brainer that meat, poultry, and beans help hair growth. Just one serving of pork tenderloin has 30% of the Vitamin B6 you need. Beef is full of iron. Chicken and turkey are good sources of lean protein.
If you don’t eat meat, try some hummus. It is full of fiber, proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
Salmon is good for a well-balanced scalp, and it’s loaded with protein, iron, and vitamin B. It’s also very easy to make!
Another reliable and delicious source of omega-3, nuts of all kinds help to keep hair glossy and scalps moisturized and flake-free.
A lot of people avoid nuts due to their high fat content; however, in moderation they can help you maintain and even lose weight. They satisfy your craving for a crunchy snack and contain monounsaturated fat which satisfies your hunger. Just limit your daily consumption of nuts to 1/4 cup a day.
Lentils are hearty source of B vitamins, namely biotin and folic acid, so they promote healthy and fast-growing hair by supplying oxygen to follicles and renewing cells.
Don’t forget to hydrate! Replenish from the inside out with at least eight cups of water a day. Water keeps hair supple and bouncy, so it’s less prone to breakage and split ends.
Give your water an extra boost with lemon! Lemon helps balance out the acidity in your system since it is very alkaline. This is really important to your overall health. Drink some lemon water first thing in the morning to get your digestive system moving!
Which of these hair healthy foods do you eat regularly?