Who wouldn’t want healthy, shiny hair? And even better, glossy hair that grows fast so that you can cut it short to change your look without that sheer panic of knowing it will take ages to have your mane long again? And what if I told you that you don’t need expensive hair treatments to help your hair grow stronger and faster?
Your hair is what you eat
New-age bores and self-help gurus repeat that beauty comes from within. Well, when it comes to your hair, you should take them literally! You can transform dull, brittle hair by merely making some small changes in your eating habits.
By changing your diet to give your hair the nutrients and vitamins it needs, you will also improve the appearance of your skin and nails, so stick with me to discover the easiest way to look radiant and feel fantastic.
1- Become an avocado aficionado
This delicious and popular fruit is rich in healthy fats and contains high concentration of Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5,Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E
It also contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
Avocado will help to protect your hair from free-radical damage.
2- Eat more beans
Common beans are a staple food and the major source of iron for populations in Eastern Africa and Latin America. Beans, like meat, fish and eggs, are also rich in proteins so necessary for hair growth.
3- Beef is good
Sorry, vegetarians and vegans. Nutritionists say that beef is packed with iron that oxygenates the blood and is vital for hair growth. It also contains zinc. Of course, there are other sources of iron you can choose; beans for instance.
4- Beets once a week
Packed with essential nutrients, beetroots are a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. A good option for those who do not want to eat meat.
5- Add Bell Pepper in your recipes
Bell pepper is a fruit rich in vitamin C that helps your body absorb iron and produce collagen. Other vitamins and minerals in bell peppers include vitamin K1, vitamin E, vitamin A, folate, and potassium.
6- Grandma Bone Broth
It turns out your grandmother was right; bone broth is good for you! Bone broth contains collagen, a protein found in your skin and hair. It helps hair-growth by strengthening your mane.
7- When I went to find my Kiwi
kiwi is plenty of vitamin C to fight free-radicals from air pollution and sun that damage your skin and hair. This green flesh fruit also contains vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, and potassium. They also have a lot of antioxidants and are a good source of fiber.
8- Salmon has impressive benefits
Salmon is high in omega 3 fatty acids, which not only benefit your heart health bit also helps your hair grow strong and shiny. On top, it contains biotin that protects you against hair loss.
9- Seeds are the best snack
Seeds are extremely nutritious and great source of fiber. Pumpkin seeds, for example, are packed with zinc, an essential nutrient for your strings. Sunflower seeds contain high levels of vitamin E that protect your hair against damaging free radicals.
10- Eat Spinach like Popeye the sailor
The green leaves play an important role to keep your hair healthy. Spinach is an important source of anti-oxidants that prevent hair loss and keep your scalp clean and healthy. Vitamin B and C boost hair growth. And spinach are plenty of iron and zinc, which also helps you fight hair loss.
11- Make Sweet Potato part of your diet
This type of potato provides you with biotin and beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in your body and improves the health of your scalp. Beta-carotene also aids cell growth, prevent hair thinning and can even reduce dullness in hair. And if that weren’t enough, sweet potato is delicious.
Egg yolks contain biotin and choline. Both nutrients are excellent for your hair and skin health. Eggs contain also vitamin A and vitamin D, and you can eat them or apply directly on your scalp, as a treatment for hair loss and brittle hair.
Take an holistic approach
Change your diet is the first step to get a healthy shiny hair. But don’t forget that getting 8 hours sleep and drinking enough water are equaly essential. There’s no point in spending a lot in treatments and vitamin supplements if your body isn’t adequately hydrated.
To know more about the health of your hair, read our article “Why are you losing hair?” If after changing your diet, you feel your hair isn’t growing stronger or if you’re struggling with hair loss, do see your doctor.
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