At one point or another in our lives, we have all dreamed of having that beautiful, shiny head of hair. Some of our fantasies include a long, straight mane, while others have been about a beautiful head of natural curls with tons of sheen. Whatever you dream about, what you eat and what you are putting into your body heavily determines how your hair looks. In laymen’s terms, if you are eating an unhealthy diet, consisting of nutrient-less foods, your hair will show this by being dull and thin. Eating a balanced diet full of nutrient-dense foods will provide the perfect base for beautiful, shiny, and thick hair. Start incorporating the following foods to really see a difference in your mane:
Healthy Fats. People tend to run for the hills when they hear the word “fat” in specific foods. Believe it or not, fat is not the enemy. It is the type of fat you consume. Foods such as avocados, coconut oil, and almonds have healthy fats that keep your hair shiny and smooth. Without these fats, hair would look dull and unmanageable. Take baby steps by switching out your normal cooking oil with coconut oil. If you’re pro, blend some coconut oil into your coffee or tea, or even whip up a delicious avocado ice cream dessert.
Protein. This is where it gets serious. Your hair cannot grow if you are not getting enough protein. Not only is protein considered the “building blocks” for your body, they essentially are the “building blocks” of your hair, as well. Since hair is made up of keratin (a kind of protein), it needs it in order to be nourished and healthy. Getting in enough protein without going overboard on calories is easy: swap out a 4oz serving of salmon at dinner; it has about 100 calories and 20 grams of protein. Or, try a cup of Greek yogurt for breakfast; at 160 calories and about 20-25 grams of protein, it is the perfect, satisfying, high-protein start to your day.
B Vitamins. These are important because they help carry nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. This includes hair follicles. These essential nutrients and oxygen boost blood flow, thus causing healthy hair growth. Without enough B vitamins, hair can break and fall out directly from the root because there is not a strong support system in place. In all reality, if you skimp out on B vitamins, you aren’t giving your hair a fighting chance. Give your scalp the best boost with beans, eggs, and brown rice, which all contain good amounts of different B vitamins.
Follow these simple steps and start eating these healthy foods for your best hair ever. Incorporating these ingredients into your regular eating routine is simple because they are all fairly basic and can fit into various recipes. Just be sure to use healthier alternatives (such as brown rice over white) and switching out foods that contain more nutrients you need for a healthy scalp. As a general rule, all-natural foods that are not processed are the best for you. Not only will you hair benefit, but so will your skin, heart, brain, and every other part of your body.