I always say that everything you put in your body comes out through your hair. It’s super true! This is why they do drug tests through hair strands, or why sick people on a lot of medication have brittle hair. So with that being said, it should make sense that if you have unhealthy eating habits, you would expect your hair to be unhealthy as well. Keep in mind that the hair you see on the outside of your body is dead. There is not a lot you can do to change that hair, but new hair growing in can be stronger and healthier. In this article, I am going to discuss the top foods that will make your hair grow healthy and long.
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin-A and vitamin-C, which your body needs to produce sebum. Sebum is the natural scalp oil secreted by hair follicles. It works as the body’s natural hair conditioner.
Spinach is also packed with iron and calcium.
Lycopene is found in tomatoes, and is also found in the prostate gland. Male pattern baldness and prostate problems are caused by the same chemical, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Lycopene has antioxidants that reduce the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT, preventing male pattern baldness. Lycopene is more powerful when coming from cooked tomato products like tomato sauce or tomato paste.
They are also rich in biotin, vitamin-A and vitamin-C, which are all great for healthy hair.
Beans like kidney beans and lentils are a very important part of a healthy hair diet. Along, with protein, they have a lot of iron, zinc and biotin. Biotin deficiencies result in unhealthy hair. It is nicknamed the “hair growth” vitamin.
Kiwis are loaded with vitamin-C and antioxidants. Vitamin-C helps your hair prevent splitting and breakage. They are also rich in vitamin-E, folic acid, zinc, calcium and iron, which are all great for healthy hair.
Chicken is an excellent source of high-quality protein that healthy hair thrives from. Without the right amount of protein or with low-quality protein, you should expect weak brittle hair or loss of hair color.
Hair is composed of 91% protein. It makes sense right? If your body isn’t getting the amount of protein it needs, it’s going to cut off the supply to the hair first.
Eggs are one of the best sources of protein out there. No matter how you eat them, they are great for your hair.
13. Red Wine
Red Wine contains bioflavonoids, which are known to help keratin growth and protect against keratin degradation. The antioxidants in red wine are great for you since they work by neutralizing natural “free radical” molecules in the body. If the free radicals are left alone, they can damage the core structure of healthy cells, which leaves them open to disease.
12. Whole Grains
Complex carbohydrates, like those found in whole grains, help your body assemble the proteins for hair growth. They also contain a lot of zinc, iron and vitamin-B.
11. Dark Chocolate
You are probably so excited to read this. However, keep in mind that I am talking about chocolate with a high flavanol content and that is made of 60 percent cacao. This type of chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and protects from sun damage. Fresh cocoa has the highest antioxidant levels in the world. It has double the antioxidants of red wine, and three times the antioxidants of green tea. Like red wine, it contains high levels of flavanoids, along with calcium, zinc, iron and vitamin-B.
When people think of getting their needed calcium intake, they think of milk. We can thank all of those “Got Milk?” ads for this. But it’s true; Milk is one of the best sources of calcium, and calcium is important for hair growth. Calcium is used by hair follicles to produce keratinized protein, which make hair look shiny and strong.
Milk also contains whey and casein, which are two high-quality protein sources.
Oysters are very rich in zinc, which aids in skin cell renewal and repair. It is an essential ingredient to healthy hair. On top of it all, they are considered to be an aphrodisiac, so have fun eating them. ;)
8. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes are packed with beta-carotene, which protects against aging. Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin-A when the body needs it, with maintains growth and bone development and protects nerve fibers, which leads to healthy hair, skin and nails.
Did you ever think you’d see the day that you’d read “bacon” on a list of things that are good for you? Although it won’t help you lose weight, bacon is high in protein, vitamin-B and zinc.
6. Red Meat
First off, red meat is high in protein. It is also a great source of vitamin-B, zinc and iron, which are all essential for healthy hair. Just be careful not to eat too much, because it can cause high cholesterol and too much protein can cause uric acid buildup (as a result of undigested protein) that can lead to hair loss.
Carrots are rich in vitamin-A, which helps promote a healthy scalp. Since hair is grown inside the scalp, it is wise to keep a healthy environment for the hair to grow in. Healthy scalp = healthy hair.
Yogurt contains probiotics, which are good bacterias that live in your stomach. These bacterias help your body absorb protein as well as good vitamins and minerals that are essential in hair growth. You can eat all the protein in the world, but if your stomach isn’t in good condition, it will just be wasted.
These delicious berries have the highest levels of antioxidants out of all fruits. Antioxidants, among other great things, protect you from pre-mature aging.
Salmon is one of the best foods available for beautiful hair. It is naturally loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B-12 and iron, which are all essential for hair growth. Omega-3 fatty acids support scalp health, and a deficiency can result in a dry scalp with dull hair.
Different types of nuts offer different benefits. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is an omega-3 essential fatty acid that conditions your hair. Cashews, almonds, pecans and walnuts are all great sources of zinc, which protects your hair from shedding. Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp. Pine nuts are a great source of protein, which is essential for hair growth.
How are some great ways to incorporate these foods into your diet? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.If you liked this article, you should read What Your HAIR is Telling You About Your Health
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