Health & Fitness

Eat your way to gorgeous hair 

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“Eat to live, don’t live to eat.” I’m sure we’ve all heard that quote before, but lately, I’ve been trying to take it to heart and educate myself more on what food really does for you — inside and outside.

Many times, we turn solely to topical treatments and products to fix our skin and hair issues when Mother Nature already has the solution we need in the form of:

  • Omega-3
  • Vitamins A, C, D & E
  • Biotin
  • Protein
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin
  • Zinc

Here are some foods to incorporate into your diet for gorgeous, healthy hair:

Water. I know this isn’t a food ‘per se,’ but making sure you stay fully hydrated is one of the first steps in solving your hair woes. If you’re battling dry skin and scalp, make sure you up your water intake and then use topical treatments such as hair oils, creams, and balms for the ultimate one-two punch.

Eggs. Eggs work wonders in DIY hair masks, but they help your hair when you eat them, too. Eggs contain omega-3s that help combat dry scalp and biotin, which aids in hair growth. Eat a sunny-side or scrambled egg in the morning with a bit of avocado (another source of healthy fats) to bolster your hair’s health.

For ladies who are wary about eating eggs don’t worry — take an omega-3 vitamin or eat other foods rich in the nutrient such as chia seeds and spinach!

Almonds. Almonds are chock-full of biotin! Eat them raw or incorporate them into a salad or other dish you love. A cup a day should render results in at least two months. 

Citrus fruits and berriesCollagen is a vital part of keeping our skin healthy and supple, and it helps keep our strands healthy too. Vitamin C helps boost collagen production, and citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, are one of the best ways to get that vitamin naturally. 

Legumes. Pass the beans, please! Black beans, chickpeas, and lentils are biotin rich, which — you already know it — aids in hair growth and strength.

Flax seeds. This has become a popular ingredient in natural hair products (Think Eco-Styler Flax Seed & Jamaican Black Castor Oil gel), but it works even more wonders when you eat it because it has omega-3 fatty acids and protein. This can be a little tricky to eat on its own because the seeds are so small, so grind them up and mix them into a breakfast smoothie or sprinkle some on top of yogurt or oatmeal. 

Salmon. This ‘fish favorite’ is a great way to get your omega-3’s. (See a pattern here?) This fish also provides Vitamin D, which keeps your follicles healthy and wards off hair loss.  Grill or bake a piece about once a week (or every other week) to keep your follicles nice and strong. 

Oysters. Oysters have tons of zinc, which helps repair your hair cells and keeps your scalp’s oil glands in tip-top shape. If you don’t like oysters, no worries! Zinc can be found in beans, fortified breakfast cereals, nuts and whole grains. 

Before you start downing plates of oysters, salmon and scrambled eggs, talk to your doctor about any dietary restrictions or concerns. This is especially true for expectant moms and moms who are breastfeeding.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, research other ways to get these vitamins and nutrients through fruits and veggies.

And if you’re not the most amazing cook, check out these cookbooks I’ve come to love:

Additional sources: Foods that make your hair grow faster & 11 natural remedies for hair growth

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