These top foods are great for health hair and a healthy body.
As a dietitian, I help many people with their health and nutrition goals. But when it comes to having beautiful hair and a healthy scalp, we often forget that what we eat and drink will directly affect the quality of our hair. Most people will consider the hair products that they use and treatments (blow drying, styling) that they do to their hair, but it’s easy to forget that what you put into your body is just as important if not more important.
Hair grows about ¼ to ½ inch every month and the foundation of all new hair, skin and nail growth is reflected in the nutrients that we eat. If you’re a healthier eater, then you will grow strong and healthy cells inside and outside of your body. Eating a well-balanced diet will provide your body and hair the growth-promoting proteins and iron that it needs to get those fabulous locks you crave.
So what should you do if you want lovely locks? First and foremost, you should make sure that you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and lean proteins like fish (salmon and tuna for omega-3 fatty acids), chicken and beans are just few great foods for healthy hair. Avoid diets low in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, because they are often the cause of hair dull and brittle.
Salmon is one of the best foods for healthy hair. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which protect the scalp drying as well as Vitamin B-12 and iron. Vegetarians can add 2 tablespoon of chia seed or flax seed into their foods to get omega-fatty acids from plant sources.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A is ideal for maintaining a healthy scalp and great for our eyes! Added bonus.