Food, friend or foe? The reality is that it is how we take our food that determines that. We choose to make it our friend or foe. The basis of everything that concerns our overall well being always starts with a diet. Diet enhances everything good or bad and we ought to set our own destiny by going for either comfort or what we believe tastes better or what is actually right for the body’s health state.
The power of a healthy diet is incredibly endless and if you’re looking for strong longer hair with volume and natural shine, check out what you should be eating.
Make a partnership with food that is rich in proteins. Proteins are a great source of cell growth for your hair and hair follicles are mostly made of protein. You can easily get proteins from either meat or plants so it covers all, the omnivores, the vegetarians and the vegans. foods that are rich in protein are lentils, soybeans, tofu then we have grilled chicken, turkey, lean beef, salmon, pork and eggs . Keratin is the main protein needed and lack of it will cause weak & thin strands that are growing very slow. Your body will not replace shed hair if you don’t feed it enough protein.
Avocados are high in vitamin B and E, which protect and strengthen the hair. Vitamin B (biotin) is essential for growing the hair and should there be damage on the scalp vitamin E will assist in repairing it because any damage on the scalp prevents hair growth or slows it down. This will provide stronger hair with less breakage allowing it to grow longer. A great thing about avocado is that you can also make some paste directly apply it to your hair.
Eggs are high in vitamin B (biotin) which stimulates hair growth. Lack of biotin causes brittle hair. Eggs are a great source of both biotin and protein which are the two important nutrients for hair growth.
Most women have some level of iron deficiency and that causes hair loss. Iron helps the red blood cells to supply oxygen throughout the body and helping with growth and repair.
Spinach is not only enriched with iron but it is also a good source of folate, vitamins A & C. Vitamin A will assist in producing sebum the oily substance that hydrates the scalp giving hair some moisture and vitamin C keep it strong with volume. Great for brittle hair.
Broccoli is part of the dark leafy veggies just like spinach that provides hair with natural moisture. It helps to control hair loss and promotes hair growth. it has b vitamin and protein.
Cauliflower encourages regrowth of hair in thin areas of the scalp through beta carotene.
Asparagus is filled with vitamins A and C plus calcium. it provides stronger hair strands.
for shinier hair carrots are full of beta carotene which is perfect encouragement for the glands to produce sebum. Sebum keeps hair healthy moisturizing the scalp.
Peppers are rich in vitamin A and C. When you have a yellow pepper is as good as having an orange for the source of vitamin C. Peppers will speed up hair growth, provide moisture as well as strengthen the hair strands.
Sweet potatoes protect against dull and dry hair. They are filled with beta carotene and just like carrots helps with encouraging the glands in your scalp to produce sebum that keeps hair from drying out. Dry hair easily falls off so you need some natural moisture to prevent it from falling off and slowly losing your hair.
Cinnamon speed up the process of hair growth. How? it stimulates the scalp by promoting circulation providing hair follicles with enough oxygen and nutrients. Good circulation will fight hair loss.
Certain types of seafood like sardines, salmon, mackerel, herring & oysters are high in omega 3 fatty acids as well as vitamin B (biotin). You should notice how many times biotin (vitamin B) has been mentioned. Omega 3 fatty acids keep the scalp hydrated, give it volume and keeps it glossy. Oysters are the best source of zinc, zinc helps with hair growth and repairs the cycle.
Flaxseeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds are also a great source of omega 3 fatty acids that keep the hair nourished and shiny. A variety of B vitamins that are healthy for our hair are found in sunflower seeds and they also provide enough amount of vitamin E.
Almonds and peanuts are full of biotin. Nuts are full of vitamin E, a variety of B vitamins, some fatty acids and zinc. All these nutrients may promote hair growth.
Whole grains stimulate hair follicles for healthy shiny and strong hair by increasing circulation. Remember circulation is also great for a healthy scalp. Whole grains are high in vitamin B6 & B12, niacin & folic acid. Whole grains include oats, quinoa and brown rice.
dark chocolate help promote cell renewal/growth and that allows increased oxygen and blood flow to the scalp. Dark chocolate is high in iron, copper and zinc.
Packed with protein and vitamin B5. Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)helps with blood flow to the scalp and prevents hair loss and thinning . Greek yogurt is great for the locks.
You think citrus fruits you think vitamin C, right? Why vitamin C? one of the great reasons is that vitamin C prevents thinning of hair. I earlier mentioned iron and how lack of it can cause hair loss and brittle hair. Another reason is that vitamin C also helps the body to absorb iron. If you visit a doctor and you are found to lack iron, you will be given iron supplements together with vitamin C. I hope this gives a clear answer to “why vitamin C?”. Eat citrus fruits like kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, mango, peaches, pineapple, peaches and bananas.
All these nutrients will promote the rate of your hair growth. If you suffer or suffered hair loss, these foods are also for you because they will also repair and treat hair loss.
Essential fatty acids, zinc, iron, proteins, biotin, vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, D and E are great nutrients for healthy long hair and lack of them will cause hair loss and slow down the growth process.
Hair growth may depend on age, hair type, health conditions and diet. With no control over other factors, we can surely enhance better long shiny looking hair with what we eat.