Many of us forget that proper nutrition is one of the most important things to help nourish those gorgeous locks on our head. A balanced diet can help you get the key nutrients necessary for keeping your hair in great shape.
On the other hand, what you eat can also have a dramatic effect on hair loss. Consider replacing processed and packaged foods that are very nutrient-poor for more whole, real and natural foods. Many of these processed items are loaded with additives and artificial ingredients that you don’t need. Plus, these processed foods can wreak havoc on the gut.
We have put together a list of the best foods for healthy hair. Load up on these healthy hair all-stars and eat your way to fuller, stronger hair!
Your hair is made up of protein, therefore it is important to ensure that you have enough protein in your diet. Protein is the building block of hair and eggs are one of the richest natural sources of protein.
Tuesday: Spinach and Other Dark Leafy Greens
Iron is an essential mineral that your hair cells require. A deficiency of iron in the body may cause hair loss. When your body is running low on iron, oxygen and nutrients are not getting transported to the hair roots and follicles adequately which can inhibit growth and make your strands weak.
Wednesday: Citrus Fruits
Your body requires Vitamin C for iron absorption. Therefore, you need to add citrus fruits to your diet. Nutritionists recommend that one lime per day is enough to get your daily dose of Vitamin C. You could also opt for oranges. Vitamin C is also required to produce collagen that make capillaries that connect to the hair shafts strong, thus ensuring regular supply of nutrients and quick hair growth.
Thursday: Nuts and Seeds
Omega-3 fatty acids nourish the hair and support thickening. Since your body cannot produce these healthy fats, you need to derive them from your diet. Almonds and walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Similarly, flaxseeds can serve as a mid-meal healthy snack while also supplying the essential fats to your hair.
Friday: Whole Grains
Whole grains are rich in biotin along with iron, zinc, and B vitamins. Biotin is required for cell proliferation and plays an important part in producing amino acids (protein) which are required for your hair to grow.
Drink carrot juice for quick hair growth. The hair contains the fastest growing tissues in the body and vitamin A is required for the growth of every cell. It also helps the scalp in producing the natural sebum oil which keeps it and the roots healthy to boost hair growth.
Vitamin E improves blood circulation and helps the follicles work more efficiently to promote hair growth. It also maintains the oil and PH levels balance which if exceeds can clog the hair follicles and stop hair growth. Avocado is a great source of Vitamin E and it is also rich in the heart healthy monounsaturated fats. You can add it to your breakfast salad or blend it into a green smoothie.
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