We know that a good, nutritious diet is good for our body, but did you know that it is good for your hair too? Well it is. While you can’t make thin hair magically thick and turn brown hair to blonde tresses by eating good food, you can make whatever kind or color hair you have healthier.
You may even be tempted to be just buy a pill form. Big mistake. Big. Your body best absorbs minerals and vitamins by eating real food. Here are a few suggestions. (Note: always consult a doctor if you have health issues before taking a supplement.)
Omegas 3 and 6
Also known as essential fatty acids (EFA’s), omegas 3 and 6 provide support to maintain a healthy, moist scalp. Have trouble with a dry scalp? Add salmon (farm-raised), ground flax seed, flax seed oil or chia seeds (soak a tablespoon in a cup of water) to your daily food intake.
Brewer’s Yeast has a ton of minerals that will help your hair. Particularly iron and B Vitamins. To maintain a healthy scalp (and skin and nails) your body needs B Vitamins in order to do so. Brewer’s Yeast has a nutty flavor and I sprinkle it on my eggs or veggies at breakfast.
We know it helps our eyes, but did you know that carrots can also help our hair? Carrots contain Vitamin A which yes, helps our eyesight, but also make for healthy, shiny hair. Pack some carrots in your lunch, lightly steam them or make a carrot salad.
Go nuts! Nuts are an incredible source of nutrients that will help your locks stand out from the rest of the gals. A few nuts in particular are especially beneficial. Brazil Nuts contain the mineral selenium, walnuts contain alpa-linolenic acid (a form of omega 3 EFA) and zinc. Other nuts that will add to making healthy hair are cashews, pecans and almonds. Nut are also a good source of protein. Make your own nut trail mix by mixing any of the nuts mentioned and adding some unsweetened cranberries or pumpkin seeds. I love creating nut mix combinations!
If you like eggs, you are in luck! Regardless if they scrambled, over-easy, hard boiled or in the form of an omelet, eggs contain biotin and Vitamin B12. Both critical nutrients for healthy hair.
So when you are planning your meal menu for the week ahead, add some these foods to your plate! Will you eat for hair health?