Eating Your Way To Healthy Hair
Hello everyone! Many of us know that what happens inside our body directly affects what happens on the outside (our skin, nails, and hair). There is no product available that will do for your hair what a balanced and diverse diet will! Our bodies need building blocks like proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals to keep our essential processes going. If there aren’t enough building blocks to go around, guess what DOESN’T get what it needs? That’s right! NON-essential processes, like hair and nail growth, maintaining healthy, beautiful skin, etc.
Can we blame our bodies for this? If faced with a choice, our bodies will choose to provide energy to our brain rather than grow thick shiny hair and soft, smooth skin to cover it. Sounds like the priorities are in order, right? In order to have both a healthy, functioning body, AND beautiful hair, skin and nails to go with it we have to provide ourselves with a balanced, vitamin and mineral rich diet so our bodies won’t have to choose between staying alive and staying beautiful!
Of course, there are a plethora of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and meat that are beneficial for our health. I could never name them all in one post! This short and general list will help you (and me!) get started on diversifying and enriching our diets so our hair can shine with natural beauty!
WATER: Our bodies are more than 60% water! The brain is 70% water, our lungs are nearly 90% water! Our hair is no exception. Getting enough water is crucial to keeping our hair and scalp moisturized.
Salmon: provides essential omega-3 fatty acids that promote scalp health. If you’re vegetarian like me, ground flaxseed provides the same omega-3 fatty acids.
Dark green veggies: Kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard greens (ok, I added collard greens myself. ) all provide Vitamins C and A which help our bodies produce sebum, the oil that comes from our scalps and coats our hair. Healthy sebum production is key to maintaining soft, shiny hair, and a moisturized scalp.
Beans: “beans, beans, the heavenly fruit…” we don’t have to finish that childhood saying (Lol!), just know that they’re good for you, and your hair! Beans, like kidney beans and lentils provide protein (essential for hair, of course!), iron, zinc, and biotin.
Nuts: Brazil nuts provide selenium, a mineral that promotes scalp health, while walnuts provide alpha-linolenic acid, and almonds, pecans, and cashews provide zinc.
Poultry: Chicken and turkey provide protein and iron.
Eggs: Protein, protein, protein!! Along with biotin, and Vitamin B-12
Orange veggies: Carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash all contain Vitamin A to promote a healthy scalp.
Cauliflower and Cabbage: these vegetables contain silica. A mineral that may help protect against hair loss and breakage.
Whole grains: These include brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole oats, etc. these whole grains provide zinc, iron and B vitamins. Sorry folks, white rice, refined pasta, and white bread don’t belong in this category.
Citrus fruits: Oranges and grapefruits provide Vitamin C. Which helps our bodies absorb iron, in addition to promoting a healthy immune system.
So that’s the short list! When in doubt, just eat foods that are brightly colored (not including flourescent orange cheese puffs). Red and orange peppers, green spinach, purple cabbage, red tomatoes, brown rice, and other healthy foods will have you well on your way to a healthy, beautiful head of curls!