Maintaining healthy hair ultimately starts from inside. While good hair products are important, no luxury product in the world can make up for the strains on the hair caused by internal factors such as poor nutrition, lack of sleep, and hormonal imbalances. There are certain nutrients that are essential to hair production and health of the scalp. Without them, strong, healthy hair will be impossible. Due to the natural cycles of the hair, we all shed a certain amount everyday and we need these nutrients to grow more to replace it. Here are some foods that contain these key nutrients:
- Salmon: This delicious fish is rich in Protein, which makes up 97% of the hair strand. It is also a great source of Omega 3’s, which are needed to grow hair and help keep the scalp healthy and hydrated.
- Walnuts: Walnuts are the only nut containing Omega 3’ They are also a source of Biotin, a lack of which can cause hair loss. As an added bonus, they contain Copper which enhances natural hair color.
- Oysters: Another source of Protein, oysters also contain Zinc, which can also help prevent hair loss.
- Sweet Potatoes/ Carrots/ Cantaloupe/ Pumpkin: What we’re after with these orange hued foods is Beta-Carotin. It keeps the scalp healthy and hydrated.
- Eggs: Eggs contain lots of protein along with Zinc. It is also a source of Iron, which carries oxygen to the hair follicles. Too little iron can lead to hair loss, especially in women.
- Spinach (and other dark green vegetables): A good source of Iron and Folate, as well as Vitamin C, which contributes to health of the hair follicles and production of scalp oils.
- Lentils: This superfood contains Protein, Iron, Zinc, and Biotin.
- Greek Yogurt: A great choice for a quick snack, greek yogurt is an amazing non-meat source of Protein, and also contains Vitamin B5 and Vitamin D, which contribute to hair and follicle health. Cheese is another source of these nutrients, but watch the fat content.
- Blueberries/ Strawberries/ Tomatoes: These are all heavyweights when it comes to Vitamin C, which facilitates blood flow to the scalp and follicles. Too little Vitamin C can also contribute to breakage in the hair.
- Poultry: Lean meats such as chicken and turkey contain Protein, Zinc, Iron, and B vitamins, all of which are vital to strong, healthy hair.
So . . bon apetit! Having amazing hair can be a great reason to boost your standard of eating. And you will most likely see positive changes in your body and skin as well!