You are what you eat. That is a very true saying. And think about it… If you eat healthy foods, you will feel vibrant and healthy. And if you eat unhealthy junk foods, you will feel run-down and unhealthy. So, it’s a no-brainer…
We know we need to eat healthy foods to FEEL healthy on the INSIDE. But what about on the OUTSIDE? Did you know that what you eat affects not just your body internally…
But it also impacts the way you look externally?
There are hundreds of studies on this specific to all areas of your physical appearance.
But, for today, I am going to focus on one aspect…
There are several foods that are beneficial for your hair quality that also provide nutrition.
Your hair is such an integral part of your everyday appearance, so we want to take care of it just like anything else on or in our body – Whether it be promoting hair growth, softer hair, less split ends, or even fuller hair.
Having a healthy balanced diet is crucial for overall hair health.
I have always had a love-hate relationship with my hair… I tried so many products to help tame my frizz, split ends, and just make it “look” healthier.
Until I realized… What if I ate foods that have nutritional value to support my hair health? Once I put that theory to the test, my hair started feeling so much healthier.
Now as some of you know, I struggled with hair loss issues ( which you can read about here)… Through the creation of Complete Collagen+… I was able to give an extra boost to feed my hair what it craves.
So between that and these everyday foods I have listed below, I finally have the hair I have ALWAYS wanted!
Without further ado, let me tell you of some foods that you too can eat to support healthy hair!
5 Best Foods For Healthy Hair
Fish & Other Omega 3 Rich Foods
Salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel are all JAM PACKED with healthy
Omega-3 fatty acids that our body needs and loves – Both internally and externally! Our body cannot create these fats themselves, so we have to rely on getting them through our diet. Aside from fish, omega-3s can also be found in other sources such as avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Omega-3s can help protect you from disease, but your body also needs them to grow hair and keep it shiny and full.
Omega-3s are found in the cells that line our scalp and also provide the oils that keep our scalps and hair hydrated.
Vitamin C Enriched Fruits
Vitamin C is something we need for so many reasons for our body to function as it’s best, but it is also something important for our hair too. Vitamin C helps with the production of collagen in our body which in turn helps strengthen our capillaries that supply the hair shafts.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. In addition, Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.
Some great fruit sources of Vitamin C include:
Blueberries Citrus fruits such as oranges Mango Kiwi Strawberries Guava
Spinach & Other Dark Green Leafy Veggies
Spinach, kale and other dark green leafy vegetables come with so many amazing nutritional values. They have a plethora of
vitamin A, iron, beta-carotene, folate AND vitamin C – All which work together synergistically to help maintain a healthy scalp and help keep our hair moisturized to prevent breakage. Spinach also contains Vitamin E, which is widely known to assist with hair health. Vitamin E is known to help support a healthy scalp and hair due to its antioxidant effects. The vitamin’s antioxidant properties help reduce the amount of oxidative stress and free radicals that cause hair follicle cells in our scalp to break down.
Eggs are delicious and are so versatile! There are so many ways to eat them… Whether it be deviled eggs, over easy eggs, an omelet, or even just some good old scrambled eggs. Not to mention, the benefits of eggs are endless!
Eggs are rich in a specific B Vitamin called Biotin which is essential for helping your hair grow. In fact, a vitamin deficiency of biotin can actually result in hair loss!
Eggs also contain
Vitamin E and A, which are great for hair growth as well as overall healthy hair.
Another great source of Biotin is Avocado. So, maybe try some avocado slices with your eggs!
So we know EATING eggs is beneficial for hair…
But, as an added bonus…
Did you know that APPLYING egg yolk to your hair can also do wonders? Egg yolk is widely known to actually help your hair grow faster by applying the yolk right to your scalp! By doing so, you are infusing the root of your hair with the vitamins in the yolk. Which means that new hair can grow out stronger, be less prone to breakage, and can even prevent shedding. When your hair doesn’t shed or fall out as much, it is becoming fuller!
Sweet potatoes are a delicious and seriously underrated food. They taste great baked with just a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper – and they also come with a ton of nutritional value! They are a rich source of
vitamins A, C and E as well as iron, copper, potassium, magnesium and the powerful antioxidant – beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is known to assist in cell growth, can prevent hair thinning, and can even reduce dullness in hair by bringing back that shine. Beta-carotene can also be found in other orange veggies like carrots and pumpkin. Our body naturally turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, which helps protect against dull and dried out hair. It also promotes the glands in our scalp to make a fluid called “sebum,” which keeps our hair from drying out.
There you have it!
5 DELICIOUS foods that can bring back life to your hair! So next time you hit the farmer’s market or supermarket, be sure to grab some of these foods and give your hair some nutrition too!