10 best beauty foods for healthy hair
By Hello Glow
You are what you eat, I know I've heard that a thousand times. But instead of taking it literally (am I cake?), I've recently started understanding that how we look is a direct result of what we eat. Skin, nails and hair are all prone to changes that come from the inside. You may have noticed that your hair is harder to tame in winter, when your fresh fruit and vegetable intake is considerably lower than in summer. There are other factors involved, of course, but certain foods are better for your hair than others, and some even help it grow or get thicker. Read on to find the best foods for healthy hair!
1. Salmon: Protein and Vitamin D are both crucial for strong hair, and salmon has them both. More than that, the omega-3 fatty acids inside this delicious cold water fish are also found naturally in the hair shaft, keeping the scalp hydrated and healthy.
Try this: Pesto Baked Salmon from Hello Natural
2. Walnuts: Rich in biotin, Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, these nuts protect your hair from sun damage and they prevent hair loss. They also contain copper, which keeps your hair's natural, rich color.
Try this: Homemade Walnut Butter from Hello Natural
3. Blueberries: Here's your excuse to eat as many of these tasty fruits as you like: the Vitamin C in them helps produce collagen, which in turn strengthens the capillaries that supply hair shafts. They're also packed with antioxidants, which protect from premature aging.
Try this: Wrinkle fighting coconut water, kale + berry smoothie from Hello Natural
4. Lentils: These lovely fellows are filled with iron-rich protein, which is important in (hair) cell growth. This is especially recommended to vegetarians, who may be lacking in iron normally found in beef, turkey, chicken or pork.
Try this: Heat Free Lentil and Walnut Tacos from Oh My Veggies
5. Sweet potato: The deficiency of beta-carotene can lead to dry, dull, dandruff-prone hair. You can find this in sweet potatoes, which will also give hair growth a boost.
Try this: Sweet Potato Quesadilla with Goat Cheese and Apples from Hello Natural
6. Pumpkin: This seasonal treat contains Vitamin A, which is responsible for the sebum production. This acts as a natural conditioner for hair and promotes a healthy scalp. The lack of sebum leads to an unpleasantly dry, itchy scalp.
Try this: Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Hello Natural
7. Spinach: Leafy greens such as spinach is nutritious and filled with anti-oxidants. It's also a source of iron, the lack of which causes hair loss and damage.
Try this: Strawberries & Cream Smoothie Bowl from Hello Natural
8. Eggs: Egg whites contain biotin, which fights against brittle hair and hair loss. Eggs are also rich in cysteine, which is detoxifying and increases the thickness of hair strands.
Try this: Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Roasted Red Pepper from Oh My Veggies
9. Oats: Start the day with a good oat breakfast, which is rich in silica. This mineral makes your hair more durable and strong, but also silky and healthy.
Try this: Overnight Apple Butter Oatmeal with Hazelnuts from Hello Natural
10. Greek yogurt: Pantothenic acid, aka Vitamin B5, is often found on hair product labels. It's also found in Greek yogurt, together with Vitamin D, both of which are linked to hair follicle growth.
Try this: Grilled Peaches with Honey Almond Yogurt from Hello NaturalSee more.
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