Dinner for Two, please
Hey family, how have you been? Summer is coming to an end and the cold weather will be here in no time! The holidays are around the corner and I'm already thinking about that Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and pumpkin spice everything! But, did you know that the foods you eat affect your overall hair health? You're probably thinking "it doesn't matter what I eat, the hair products I use will keep my hair healthy and besides my hair regimen is the real deal!" Yes, hair products and all their yummy ingredients can help your hair grow, be shiny, less frizzy and all that good stuff, but remember your hair grows from the inside out and what you put in is what you get out! So let's get into why it's important to eat healthy foods and learn how foods affect your hair health!
Just like your body needs certain nutrients and vitamins to fully function, your hair is no exception. Healthy hair thrives from nutrients and vitamins as well! Water is your best friend! Think of your hair as a plant. Plants need water to grow and thrive. Your hair needs water to stay hydrated and moisturized. If you have dry hair, think about your water intake. Drinking more water can eliminate or reduce dry hair. Sugary drinks are debilitating to your hair growth and health so try to stay away from them! Don’t like the “taste” of water? Well, SPRUCE IT UP! Add some mint leaves, fruit or even honey to your water. It’s yummy, I promise!
Lets get into some healthy hair friendly foods!
Dark green leafy vegetables are great for your hair as they are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, and Folate. These ingredients are perfect for a healthy mane and scalp. Some great dark green leafy vegetables are spinach and kale! Add them in a smoothie or make a salad! Dark green leafy vegetables are used to combat dry brittle hair, instead of buying a ton of hair products, how about a minor change in your diet?
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Here are a few foods that are great for healthier hair! These are foods that you can pronounce, can easily find in your local grocery store, and drumroll please…ARE AFFORDABLE! Eggs, Salmon, cinnamon, and iron rich cereals for starters:
Eggs are rich in the B vitamin which is biotin! Biotin as you may know is one of the most popular vitamins that is accredited with stimulating hair growth and can be found in every hair growth vitamin on the market!
Salmon is great for shiny and full hair as it is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which cannot be produced by the body so it is important to eat foods that contain them.
Cinnamon stimulates hair growth by helping blood flow, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. This process is called circulation. (Peppermint oil has the same properties, but is added to your hair topically.)
Iron rich cereals are enriched with iron (hence the name!) Iron aids in the prevention of hair loss. Having little iron in your diet could be a reason why your hair is thinning or breaking. Iron can be found in iron rich grains, pastas, soybeans and lentils, and dark green leafy vegetables. Can somebody say “spaghetti night?”!
Oysters are rich in the mineral zinc. Zinc is responsible for the thickness of your hair. But if oysters aren’ your thing, don’t worry crabs, lobsters, and beef are all rich in zinc.
Sweet Potatoes. Yummy yummy sweet potatoes aids in shiny hair! Sweet potatoes as well as other orange foods such as pumpkin, carrot, cantaloupe, and mangoes are filled with the antioxidant beta carotene which protects against dry, dull hair. “It also encourages the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebum that keeps hair from drying out.” Also, add some honey to your conditioner to your hair for shiny hair - you’re welcome :)
Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is packed with amino acids (protein) which are the building blocks of your tresses. Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid, found in many conditioners) is the vitamin that helps blood flow to the scalp and aids in growth and may even aid in the prevention of hair thinning and hair loss.
These are just a few foods, there are a ton of foods out there that will help you achieve your hair goals! Whether its shinier hair, thicker hair, or longer hair, there is a superfood out there for you! Do some research to find the foods that compliment your hair needs and your taste buds! If you have any questions on how to eat for your hair, leave a comment. Let's Chat!