HEALTHY FOODS FOR HEALTHY HAIR

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Hey, hey!

I don’t know if you know this, but my journey of becoming healthier started with me hunting around on the Net on how to make my hair thicker, longer and well, healthier. I bought expensive hair products at first, but I wanted to find a more natural way to fix my problem. Especially after I started studying at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and learned about ALL the crap that are in most products.

What I realized is that what you eat effects EVERYTHING.

EVERYTHING…

Yes, this includes healthier cells among your hair follicles and scalp. You can see how healthy someone’s diet is by simply looking at their hair. I mean, just eating all your broccoli isn’t going to magically morph hair into some thick gorgeous locks, but starting a smart diet will offer a supply of essential nutrients that will lend a helping hand.

Protein

Protein is the building block to healthy skin, nails and hair. It is an essential component to healthy growth. One step to take to  is to make sure that you’re getting enough protein every day.

One of my favorite protein-based foods to eat are eggs. Eggs are rich in biotin, a B vitamin essential for hair growth and overall scalp health

Another one of my favorites is salmon. The American Heart Association advises that you consume at least two or more servings of fish every week. I’m sure they weren’t thinking about your hair, but thanks to its high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are wonderful for skin, nails and hair, it helps with scalp health. When you don’t have enough of these babies, a deficiency can result in a dry scalp, giving it a dull look. Collagen works wonders as well-see my other posts on collagen.

Veggies and Fruit

I make sure I get a ton of green leafy veggies daily. Broccoli, spinach kale, and chard have a boat load of essential nutrients like vitamin A. Also known as beta-carotene, vitamin A is a must for healthy hair since it is a natural compound that helps stimulate hair growth and maintain healthy hair.

Don’t forget fruit! Strawberries, oranges and grapefruits are naturally rich in vitamin C. This immune system booster vitamin is also wonderful for your hair too. Did you know that vitamin C produces collagen? Hair follicles need collagen to maintain their health and strength.

Beans and Legumes

Beans, lentils and nuts. Legumes have zinc, biotin and iron which are necessary for gorgeous hair. Walnuts and almonds make their way into my salads as well. Why? Because of the mineral called selenium, which is important for hair health. B vitamins make an entrance as well in legumes and beans. If you have a deficiency of B7, it may lead to balding.

Healthy Fats

Olive Oil. There are numerous health benefits to eating olive oil because of the level of vitamins and antioxidants it contains. It’s also great for applying directly to the hair to seal in moisture content and improve shine.

What do you do to keep your hair healthy?

xxxx, 🙂 Tess

 {P.S. PLEASE  buy PASTURE-raised eggs. Read about why here }

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