You are what you eat. We all know that eating healthy is good for your body. But what about your hair? You may be surprised that what you eat also impacts the health of your hair. Food provides nutrients to our bodies, which are used to help grow fingernails, toenails, new skin, and hair.
Specifically, foods that have high levels of protein and iron can impact how thick and healthy your hair is. Here are some great foods to incorporate into your diet to promote a healthy head of hair, according to WebMD:
Salmon contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote strong scalp health and help avoid a dry scalp. It also contains protein, iron, and vitamin B-12. If you don't like salmon, or don't eat fish, try 1-2 tablespoons a day of ground flaxseed.
Dark green veggies like spinach, broccoli, and Swiss chard provide a natural hair conditioner called sebum, produced from the high levels of vitamins A and C found in these foods. They also contain iron and calcium.
Beans provide ample amounts of protein for hair growth, as well as iron, zinc, and biotin. Mix it up with kidney beans, lentils, and other types of beans.
Nuts should also be on your regular menu. Brazil nuts provide selenium, a mineral that helps create a healthy scalp, while walnuts create natural hair conditioners from fatty acids. Reach for the cashews, pecans, and almonds as well, which all have zinc (zinc helps you avoid hair shedding).
Poultry, like chicken and turkey, provides a high quality protein, which helps maintain a healthy head of hair. A lack of protein, or a low quality protein, can lead to thinner hair, or a loss of hair color.
Eggs are also a great source of protein, as well as biotin and vitamin B-12. They are also versatile; you can cook them in a variety of ways and incorporate them into many different meals (not just breakfast).
Whole grains supply your body and hair with zinc, iron, and B vitamins. Opt for whole-wheat bread and whole-grain cereals.
Oysters have a high level of zinc. They also have a reputation for being a strong aphrodisiac, so give them a try! If oysters just aren't your thing, try beef or lamb instead.
Low-fat dairy products, including skim milk, cottage cheese, and yogurt, contain a lot of calcium, which is a vital mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, both of which are great natural proteins.
Carrots are delicious, and provide a great source of vitamin A, which helps create a healthy scalp.
AskMen mentions a few other great foods that promote healthy hair. For example, raisins contain iron, which helps manufacture hemoglobin, which in turn ensures your scalp receives enough blood to stimulate hair growth. Potatoes, when baked or boiled (with the skin on), are a much better alternative to greasy fried potatoes, which contribute to hair loss.
Lastly, it is worth mentioning that while all of these products can help stimulate hair growth and create healthy hair, they are not cures or treatments for baldness or thinning hair. Avacor Physician's Formulation is an FDA-Approved hair restoration treatment clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles and help you grow back hair. Use as directed, and for best results, combine the treatment with healthy, balanced meals. Who knew you could eat your way to healthy hair?