Friday, August 9, 2013

Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair


You can have all the beauty products in the world, but you will only get but so far if your diet doesn't complement what you use. The healthier your hair is, the stronger it will be and the longer it will grow.  Add these foods to your diet and your hair will forever thank you!

Salmon -Besides being rich in protein and vitamin D (both are key to strong hair) the omega-3 fatty acids found in this tasty cold-water fish are the true superstar. Your body can't make those fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair. About 3% of the hair shaft is made up of these fatty acids. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated.(Other options) If salmon doesn't thrill you, you can also get essential fatty acids from fish like herring, sardines, trout, and mackerel, as well as avocado, pumpkin seeds.


Walnuts -These are the only type of nut that have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They're also rich in biotin and vitamin E, which helps protect your cells from DNA damage. Since your hair rarely gets much shielding from the sun, this is especially great. Too little biotin can lead to hair loss. Walnuts also have copper, a mineral that helps keep your natural hair color rich and lustrous. (Other options) Try using walnut oil in your salad dressing or stir-fry instead of canola or safflower. 


Oysters -Oysters are rich in zinc, a lack of which can lead to hair loss (even in your eyelashes), as well as a dry, flaky scalp. Three ounces has a whopping 493% of your daily value. You can get some zinc through fortified cereals and whole grain breads, but oysters can boast a good level of protein too. -Remember, hair is about 97% protein. Without enough protein, your body can't replace the hairs that you naturally shed every day and what you do make can be dry, brittle, or weak. (Other options) Get your fill of zinc with nuts, beef, and eggs.

Sweet Potatoes -Sweet potatoes are a great source of the antioxidant beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. "Basically, every cell of the body cannot function without enough A," Fishman says. It also helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp, and being low on vitamin A can even leave you with itchy, irksome dandruff. (Other options) Carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots are all good sources of beta carotene.

Eggs  -A great source of protein, eggs are loaded with four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. Iron is especially important, because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, and too little iron (anemia) is a major cause of hair loss, particularly in women. (Other options) You can also boost your iron stores with animal sources, including chicken, fish, and beef.

Spinach  -The iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C in spinach help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating. (Other options) Try similarly nutrient-rich dark, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and Swiss chard.

Greek yogurt -Cruise the dairy aisle for low-fat options such as Greek yogurt, which is high in hair-friendly protein, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid -- an ingredient you'll often see on hair care product labels), and vitamin D. (Other options) Cottage cheese, low-fat cheese, and skim milk also fit the bill. 

Blueberries -Exotic super fruits may come and go but when it comes to vitamin C. Vitamin C is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little C in your diet can lead to hair breakage. (Other options) Kiwis, tomatoes, and strawberries.



Poultry  -This everyday entree is extraordinary when it comes to protein, as well as hair-healthy zinc, iron, and B vitamins to keep strands strong and plentiful. Because hair is nearly all protein, foods rich in protein are literally giving you the building blocks for hair.(Other options) Lean cuts of beef are another good source of lean protein.

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