Hair and nutrition – let’s talk! Food makes us who we are, it’s our main source of nutrition and as such the health of all parts of our body depend on it. And this is as true for your hair as it is for any other part of your body.
What you eat impacts on the quality of the hair on your head – but what should you be eating? Well, we’re going to take a look below.
The humble bean is full to the brim with the proteins that our hair is made of and is also loaded with all sorts of A and B vitamins, as well as iron and zinc. Beans are a fantastic alternative for vegetarians looking to get the nutrition that fatty proteins, often found in meat, offer and are even claimed can reverse the process of hair going grey.
Takeaway: More Beans Please!
Proteins that are high in good fats and contain plenty of essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6 and tend to really benefit hair. Essential fatty acids are proven to stimulate hair growth and repair of hair. One of the best forms of this form nutrition is oily fish – so load up on salmon, mackerel, anchovies, herring and sardines.
Seeds and nuts are also excellent in this regard and like fish are filled with fatty acids and also iron and a variety of other vitamins. Adding seeds such as chia seeds, flax, sesame, pumpkin seeds and other nuts to your diet can really help the quality of your hair. Seeds and nuts are also filled with zinc, which helps hair from shedding and also is great for skin and nails.
Takeaway: So, start adding a sprinkling of chopped nuts or seeds to your porridge in the morning to reap the benefits.
Whole grain foods are excellent for hair and general overall health. Whole grains tend to include oats, brown bread and brown rice or pasta, barley, quinoa and spelt. These foods are filled with a whole host of vitamins including zinc and iron and also plenty of fibre, which is good for the body on a variety of levels.
Takeaway: When eating carbohydrates, try and choose whole grain versions over processed options.
Eat your spinach, it’s good for you! Dark green vegetables are nutritional power houses and filled with all sorts of great vitamins and also oils. So, start loading up on the likes of spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, collards and Swiss chard. They will help to condition and strengthen hair and ensure a healthier you.
Takeaway: Include more dark greens in your diet and strengthen hair
Either a treat or a repulsive culinary sin, depending in whether you like them or not, oysters however are filled with zinc and iron, as well as protein. So, there is some truth in them being a food that encourages virility.
Takeaway: If you fancy them, you know they’re good for you.
Eating more of the aforementioned foods will not only help your hair, but also your general overall health. These foods are packed with nutrition, fibre and will benefit you as a whole if you add them to your diet.
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