On some of your best hair days, have you had someone ask you,”What do you do to get such healthy looking hair?” Or,”What do you use on your hair to get it to to look so shiny and healthy?” People are captivated with the idea that a magical hair product is what’s behind a thick head of beautiful, healthy hair. Or, that there is a product they haven’t found yet that will transform dull, lifeless hair into a head of thick, “bouncin and behavin” hair. After all, we have been inundated with ads that tell us the same. Sure, products matter . . . but, many times the real question they should be asking is; What are you eating?
To get healthy hair you need to practice healthy eating. While it’s hard to ignore the latest fad diet that tells you to ditch fatty foods, if you read a bit farther you’ll find some of these fats are rich in nutrients that our bodies need. Foods like avocados, walnuts, almonds, sardines, and salmon, all contain omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for you and your hair.
Healthy eating plays a fundamental role in hair growth, as well as overall health. Eating a healthy balanced diet that includes fatty acids, allows your body to produce oils that act as a natural conditioner for the body, scalp and hair. Healthy eating, coupled with regular exercise, will not only make you feel good, it will make you look phenomenal!
Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, and there is no better food for that than those high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in protein rich foods, most frequently marine life and plant oils. Not only will eating these foods contribute to healthy and beautiful hair, omega-3 fatty acids also help with even bigger concerns such as, preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease, and common inflammation. Vegetarians, fret not! Omega-3 can be found in almost any plant oils, including most vegetables.
Your body also needs a lot of Vitamin A and C to produce sebum, the oil that acts as your body’s natural conditioner and helps your hair maintain a natural sheen. Vitamin A and C are found in dark green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and Swiss chard. Go ahead and forgo the guilt trip you lay on yourself when you sauté these vegetables in butter as fatty acids are most always found in dairy products like butter and milk. Grabbing that extra glass of milk with the cookie you’re sneaking won’t feel so terrible when you’re doing it for a better cause – gorgeous hair!
If you’re not the type who enjoys doing a lot of hands on cooking, grab a handful of carrots which are an excellent source of Vitamin A or throw an egg in the microwave. Eggs have Vitamin B-12, which is a vitamin that helps to promote cell growth and circulation. When your blood is flowing strongly, there is a constant recirculation of cells in the body allowing your hair and skin to regenerate faster. If you hate to take the time to eat, (can’t relate to that) supplements such as fish oil, which help to produce oil in your glands, will actually benefit both your skin and hair in the long run.
Eating healthy does not mean you have to live purely on vegetables and complex whole grains. On the contrary, a healthy, balanced diet will allow you to get healthy hair, and the added benefit usually includes a glowing complexion. So, we can all lighten up and stop feeling so guilty about a little fat in our diets, eat well, after all . . . it’s making you beautiful!