Believe it or not, the foods we consume can play a major role in the look, health, and feel of our hair! That is why having a healthy hair diet is so crucial to achieving our #hairgoals!
Whether you’re looking to achieve stronger strands, grow hair faster, or prevent hair loss, having the right diet is essential since our hair is a reflection of the nutrients we consume, or don’t consume.
In order to achieve healthy hair, consider what you put into your body…
However, it is important to be patient and persistent with a healthy hair diet. Changing your diet today will yield results in 6 months to 1 year from now since these changes will not alter visible hair, only new hair. It may seem like a long time, but hair tends to grow on average between half an inch to an inch and a half per month depending on your diet and genetics.
Below are some of the best foods you can consume to get the hair you desire, try incorporating them into your diet for noticeably stronger, shinier, and longer hair!
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Omega-3’s have additional health benefits such as relieving depression and alleviating menstrual pain. If you are looking to boost your hair’s growth rate, then consider consuming Salmon more frequently. If you do not care for salmon, try mackerel, sardines, or trout.
Make sure you consume the yolk since this is the most nutrient-rich portion of the egg and contains a lot of biotin (Vitamin B7). Eggs can be even be applied topically to hair since they contain natural hair growth nutrients that can work directly with hair and the scalp to help stimulate their natural oils.
Vitamin A is crucial for our vision, immune system, and the reproduction of healthy cells and tissue. Beta-carotene has additional significant health benefits such as decreasing chances of cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, and cognitive ageing. You can find Beta-carotene typically in orange colored fruits and vegetables, such as butternut squash, pumpkins, and orange bell peppers.
Spinach also contains high amounts of Folate and Iron which increase the number of red blood cells transporting oxygen to hair follicles, improving growth rates and strand strength. In addition to hair benefits spinach can also boost your immunity, improve eyesight, and has even been speculated to prevent alzheimer’s disease. If you do not care for spinach, try reaching for arugula, swiss chard, or kale instead.
Avocados can be topically applied since the oils are one of the few that can penetrate the cuticle and actually moisturize hair. When the oils are directly applied to the hair and scalp, they can stimulate collagen and elastin production.
Avocados help to lock moisture into hair cells which prevents dandruff meanwhile strengthening hair roots, shaft, and strands. Consider incorporating avocados regularly into your diet for a steady supply of biotin to give you that healthy and beautiful hair.
It goes without saying, that without protein our hair would grow slower and weaker. Lentils contain folate which is a B vitamin that aids our bodies in creating new cells while simultaneously strengthening the hair. Lentils have additional health benefits such as increasing energy levels, improving digestion, and regulating blood sugar levels. If you’re not keen on lentils, try out other beans, peas, or soy products for similar hair benefits.
Vitamin B12 not only helps hair growth, but it even slows down the graying process and decreases hair loss. Vitamin C helps to create and maintain collagen which is an essential protein found in hair and skin and also helps to break down iron so our bodies can absorb it.
In addition to keeping your hair and skin looking young and vibrant, tangerines also boost your mood, improve cognitive function, and slow down signs of aging by encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. Tangerines and Vitamin C are great for hair and can be consumed or applied directly.
Don’t care for tangerines or can’t find them in your local grocer? Try oranges, grapefruit, or clementines instead!
Walnuts also contain Biotin (vitamin B7), which I’m sure you know by now is a necessity for hair strength and growth. Walnut oil has antifungal properties that hydrate and moisturize the scalp, which is important considering a major proponent of healthy hair is a healthy scalp.
Additionally, pumpkin seeds contain zinc which address a bevy of concern including a flaky and irritated scalp. Consider adding pumpkin seeds into your cereal for an easy and effective way to boost your hair’s health.
This means that there will be less new hair to replace what’s falling out, and in severe cases can even lead to hair loss. To prevent and minimize this kind of loss, make sure your diet is full of protein like chicken and lean turkey.
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