When it comes to your body, we have all heard of the phrase – “You are what you eat”, but who takes this literally when it comes to your hair? It is commonsense that what we eat will affect our bodies but it can also have consequences on our manes. Therefore, it goes without saying that if you eat junk food and have a bad diet, your hair will suffer in the long run. The good news is however, that if you have a healthy diet and load up on certain vitamins, minerals, and proteins, you’ll have super shiny model worthy hair. Lana Masor, MS, RYT, a nutritionist in New York City says: “Promoting healthy hair growth, similar to having healthy skin and nails, has everything to do with the quality of your daily nutrition,” she adds: “Your body is made up of cells — and the healthier your diet, the healthier overall cell growth you have throughout your body — including hair.”
So, with this advice in mind, what should you be eating to produce model worthy tresses that are the envy of all your chums? Firstly, don’t fall for the those supplements that promise fantastic hair in a few days. It is far better to get your mineral and vitamin intake through fresh food and a healthy lifestyle. Popping a few pills is not going to cut it. Read our tips and advice fro al the foods you need to be including in your diet, to get super soft and shiny hair.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
You can find these in salmon, sardines, flaxseed, and walnuts. Masor says: “A diet that is full of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation throughout the body, including the scalp, promoting better hair growth and even preventing hair loss. One that is lacking can have a dry scalp, causing hair to be dry and lackluster.”
Vitamins A & C
Great sources of these vitamins can been found in spinach, Swiss chard, sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, bell peppers, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and strawberries. “Your body needs both vitamins A and C to produce sebum, which is the oil secreted by your hair follicles that prevent your hair from drying out,” says Masor.
Eat plenty of cashews, pecans, almonds, and oysters and you’ll stock on your zinc levels. “Include some of these zinc-rich foods in your diet daily to prevent excess hair shedding,” says Masor. To prevent your hair falling out before it has finished its growth cycle, eat foods rich in zinc.
Choose good proteins such as low-fat dairy products, chicken, and eggs. “People who have inadequate amounts of high-quality protein in their diets may experience brittle and weak hair,” says Masor. Proteins help to make up the building blocks of hair, so if you are lacking protein in your diet, your hair will look fine and without volume.
Biotin And Vitamin B12
These vitamins can be found in egg yolks, beans, fish, legumes, nuts, oatmeal, peanut butter, poultry, and yogurt. “Biotin is a form of vitamin B that increases elasticity of the hair’s cortex, preventing breakage,” says Masor. “Vitamin B12 specifically promotes the development of red-blood cells — which carry oxygen to all of our cells, including the ones in our hair follicles, and also helps it function optimally.”