Monday, January 9, 2012

Eat These! Best Foods for Healthy Hair

Healthy hair starts from the inside out. If you are not experiencing the growth that you seek in your hair, or if your scalp is dry and flaky, or if your hair is prone to breakage and shedding, you may want to look at your diet before you switch hair care products (again).

Some foods are better for us than others, we all know that. We are also all aware that what we eat plays a major role in the health of our hair....but do you know which foods will help increase growth, decrease breakage, and keep those locks nice and shiny? Here are a few:

  • Eggs: Eggs are rich in the B vitamin Biotin, which is essential to hair growth and an overall healthy scalp. A biotin deficiency can lead to hair loss. Other foods that are rich in biotin include salmon, peanuts, almonds, and low-fat cheese.
  • Pork Tenderloin: Pork tenderloin is rich in the B vitamins folate, B6, and B12. Without enough of those B Vitamins, the cells in your body (including the scalp) do not get enough oxygen and can starve, causing shedding, slow growth, and weak hair.
  • Spinach: Full folate and iron, spinach is especially important to women of childbearing years. Iron that is lost during menstruation is important to replenish, through vitamins and/or proper diet.
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  • Lentils: Lentils contain lots of iron rich protein. Hair gets its strength from hardened proteins called keratin. If your body is lacking protein, your hair will lack keratin, causing the hair to grown more slowly and individual strands to be weaker.
  • Bell Peppers: Bell peppers are a excellent source of Vitamin C, which is used to form collegen. Hair follicles, skin, and blood vessels all require collagen to stay healthy for optimal growth.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet Potaoes are loaded with Beta Carotene, which is coverted into Vitamin A. A lack of Vitamin A can lead to dry, dull, lifeless hair and dry skin, which can flake off into dandruff.
  • Oysters: Zinc keeps the oil glands around the hair follicles working properly. Low levels of zinc can cause hair loss, slow growth, and dandruff. Not a fan of oysters? Other foods that are high in zinc include peanut butter, liver, lean beef, on-fat yogurt and cheese.
Over the next 7 days, I will be highlighting one of these foods daily, providing recipes and tips about how you can use each food to create a healthier lifestyle and improve the health of your hair.

For more information about these foods and their benefits, visit the link below:

Healthy Living-Best Foods for Healthy Hair

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1 comment:

  1. I did not know, specifically, what food were good for you hair, thanks for the break down... I love everything on the list...but I am allergic to oysters :(


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