Eat These 7 Foods For Healthier Hair

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7 Foods For Healthier Hair

Most people want 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, brittle, and may thin.

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. No pun intended. 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 healthier hair. Many things can cause hair 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, and 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 into for healthier hair 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

  1. Eggs

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 and promotes healthier hair overall. (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.

Note: Not all eggs are created equal. We are looking for organic, free-range grass-fed eggs. You will know a good egg company by looking at their yolks. The yolk of an egg should be dark yellow almost orange.

  1. Salmon

Wild-caught salmon is a great way to get nutrients for healthier 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. Salmon also provides overall healthier hair.

It’s a challenge to find good Salmon at most grocery stores. I only use Wild Alaskan Co. They ship to us the freshest fish I can find. It tastes so good! It’s never fishy. They also offer members deals. This week I had some beautiful scallops sent. Can’t wait to cook those bad boys up!

  1. Spinach

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. Iron is important for healthier hair. Anemia is nothing to mess around with, and you should see your doctor for help.

The best iron supplements I have found are Shaklee. My friend sells them. I was skeptical, but they are fantastic and the only iron supplements that never make me nauseous or constipated. Oh yeah, I said it. Nothing is off the table here. lol. Remember, you should not take iron supplements without your doctor testing you first.

  1. Blueberries

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 healthier hair, 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)

  1. Sweet Potatoes

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. Healthier hair shines!

  1. Almonds

Sidebar:

Honestly, a couple of other nuts are probably better for healthier hair than almonds, such as Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts can be poisonous when you eat more than two to four a day. So, I am skeptical about recommending them. 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. Although I do love walnuts! They are great for your skin too.

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 promote healthier hair and be thicker and stronger. They contain Omega 3, and 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 hair grow, and make it shiny. I am pro-shiny hair!

  1. Avocados

Yes, I’m happy to announce one of our favorites (avocados) is great for healthier hair 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. Healthier 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 with ingredients you can barely read let alone say. 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.

Remember hair is merely the after effect. We obsess over it. The beauty industry makes a gazillion dollars off hair alone every year. My husband and I have been in the industry for many decades. We don’t subscribe to being dishonest with our clients. Do products help maintain healthier hair? Yes. They absolutely do. Do cheap products contain cheap volatile ingredients? Yes, they do. And guess what? SO do many expensive products.

Many times the fancier the packaging, it is only a distraction from the ingredients in the bottle. I prefer less fancy bottles and quality well thought through ingredients that won’t harm hair. I want clean products that won’t be hormone disruptors and more importantly, have cancer-causing ingredients in them! Yep, there are MANY products that contain cancer-causing volatile ingredients. And the companies know it.

So let’s get to it. If you want healthier hair what you consume is VERY important, and knowing what is in the products you use on your hair and body is just as important. If ingredients can cause cancer, wouldn’t it be safe to say that those same ingredients may cause your hair to thin or at least lose its shine? I love EWG. I run all of my and my family’s products through it to see if they are safe for our health. It is a free resource. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

EWG also does household products! https://www.ewg.org/areas-focus/household-consumer-products 

Be prepared to be shocked! And remember knowledge is power!! You don’t know until you know.

Cheers to a good healthier hair day!

Cris

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