7 Foods For Healthier Hair
The hair care industry has an estimated annual revenue of $20 billion annually. I am happy to say I have been a part of that industry for almost 30 years. With numbers like that, it is easy to overlook that what you put into your body is more critical to your hair than the products you put on your hair. Your hair is the after product growing from within your body. So, I realize this is no “ah-ha moment,” that if you eat a diet high in saturated fats, lots of sugar, starch, and low vitamins, your hair will look lackluster, dry, and brittle.
Hormonal imbalances, diseases (especially thyroid issues) chronic stress will also affect your locks. Just like everything in life, we must get to the root of the problem. If you have mold growing in your home and you throw some paint on it, sure, it will look better for a while. Eventually, the paint can no longer hide the problem. The same goes for hair. Many things can cause her to be damaged that are external. Such as chemical services that are poorly done, too much heat from dryers and irons, too much sun, and too much chlorine can cause damage. We can use products to add moisture, shine and slowly build the hair quality back to a degree.
In the case of no obvious external problems causing your hair to be unhealthy, after seeking the advice of a medical professional on your overall health and rolling out any disease, the next obvious thing to look at is your diet. Here are seven foods that may help improve your hair health while increasing your overall health in the process.
7 Foods For Healthier Hair
Eggs have a lot to offer us besides protein. Eggs are chocked full of other vital nutrients for our overall health and naturally have a high amount of B7 (Biotin). Biotin has for years been a hair growth go-to. (Do not despair, my vegan friends! Many women take Biotin supplements, which is fine.) If you eat high-quality eggs, you can get your B7 naturally from clean food.
Wild-caught salmon is a great way to get nutrients for your hair. Salmon is filled with omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for hair growth. Salmon also contains other vitamins and minerals such as protein, vitamin D3, and selenium. This fatty fish is not only great for your hair; the omega-3 fatty acids are suitable for your scalp as well by keeping it healthy and balanced.
I honestly believe if more people ate spinach regularly, we would have a less general disease. This superfood is unbelievable on so many levels. Its vitamin content includes omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, manganese, vitamin E, vitamin B1, B2, B6, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. But its biggest superpower is iron. As a vegetarian for 33 years, watching my protein is essential and obvious, but my iron is just as important. And for women at different phases of their life, iron becomes low during or before their periods.
A woman’s iron can become low around the childbearing years and before menopause. That is why we see a lot of hair loss during those phases of a woman’s life. Pre anemia and anemia are dangerous to our overall health. Low iron shows up in the hair through thinning, dryness, no shine, and brittle. Anemia is nothing to mess around with, and you should see your doctor for help.
Blueberries contain many antioxidants and vitamins. Vitamins E, C, A, and B complex are naturally found in these powerful little buggers. Blueberries improve circulation in the blood, body, and oxygenation of the scalp. Good circulation is critical because gravity is naturally flowing away from the scalp unless you do regular handstands. Polyphenols are also vital to hair health, and blueberries contain a particular class called Proanthocyanidins which helps the hair follicles speed up the growing process. (particularly good for CURLY hair as well)
High in beta carotene, sweet potatoes produce vitamin A. Vitamin A produces sebum. Sebum is a natural oil that the body has in excrete through our sebaceous glands. Sebum is nature’s way of conditioning your hair naturally. Without it, your hair will lack shine and moisture and, therefore, will be dry.
Honestly, a couple of other nuts are probably better for hair than almonds, such as Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts can be poisonous when you eat more than two to four a day. I also looked at macadamia nuts, but they are absurdly expensive. Walnuts are an excellent choice and are very healthy but can be very fattening when eaten in excess.
That brings us to the perfect little almond. Almonds are great for overall health, they’re not toxic, and unlike most nuts, unless you eat them bags at a time, they will not cause massive weight gain. (Because, let’s be honest. As important as our hair can be to women, so can our weight be.)
Almonds can help hair be thicker and stronger. They contain a mega 3, Omega 6 fatty acids, which are essential for overall health. Almonds also have a high amount of vitamin E. All of these vitamins bring nourishment to hair follicles, help her grow, and make them shiny.
Yes, I’m happy to announce one of our favorites (avocados) is great for your hair health as well as your overall health. Avocados boost nutrients and help increase their absorption of fat-soluble such as zinc, iron, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin C, and vitamins A and B.
Remembering that we are what we eat, our hair is as well. Good hair starts with good health. What we put into our bodies absolutely matters to our cells, organs, vitality, and so, of course! Our Hair! If you were missing the hair of your youth and fear that it’s long gone, there could be a good possibility that you can have a version of it again. Once again, start to buy some good tests run by your doctor to rule out any underlying conditions. Once you have done that, look closely at your diet, alcohol intake, stress levels, and physical activity.
Food should be natural and not man-made. I truly believe that these seven foods, along with other wholesome clean foods being eaten on a regular basis will, not only make you have a good hair day again, it will increase your overall well-being and vitality.
Here’s to a Good Hair Day!